“I learned from my father that the beauty of tailoring is in its ability to make fabric mold to your liking,” Millie Bautista says. “I love the precision and angularity of it, and the freedom it provides to explore new proportions.” In learning to design, Millie had two mentors: her father, a tailor by trade who taught her to sew, and Alvin Paige, a sculptor who encouraged her to study art and fashion.
Now, the MassArt graduate designs handbags for Brahmin and regularly shows at Boston Fashion Week. She is making her StyleWeek debut with her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, which emphasizes structure. Millie’s two inspirations for the show are origami artist Robert J. Lang, and Pythagoras’ Golden Ratio, which explains the naturally occurring symmetries in nature. “I make demi-couture pieces, which are timeless and unique,” she says. “I’m aesthetically drawing from sculptural shapes, while incorporating heavy embellishment and always providing the perfect fit.” Expect to see refined, minimalistic ready-to-wear pieces in leather and airy sheer fabrics.
Though structure and precision are paramount to her designs, Millie says, “My designs are suited for the woman who is elegant, wonderfully fun and a little bit different. Confident and daring, she loves to wear clothes that show she is unconventional and powerful.” Millie Bautista will be presenting at 8pm on Friday, February 1, at the Providence Biltmore.