Ms. Martin has been designing clothing for private clients for over twenty-five years and her experience shows when collaborating with her client for the best possible design outcome. Whether working directly with the bride or navigating the sometimes tricky shoals of family dynamics, her ability to hear the concerns of her client allows her to produce the best gown with the most value whether that client affords a custom made French beaded lace or whether her desire is for something regal, sophisticated and/or simple in design.
Ms. Martin's first public commission was for Ildiko Komlosi who sang with Luciano Pavarotti in the televised Verdi Requiem in 1986. The six foot tall soprano had arrived from Hungary without a gown for the performance, so the Opera Company of Philadelphia turned to Janice Martin to outfit her
with only one week to spare! In 1997, the Philadelphia Museum of Art also turned to Ms. Martin when it was time to restore Princess Grace's wedding veil for their upcoming exhibit "Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style". In the intervening years, Ms. Martin designed a limited edition line of evening wear which was sold on Seventh Avenue, ran the fashion shows for the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia and honed her design skills while developing her private clientele.
Moving her studio from Main Street, Manayunk (Philadelphia) in 2005 to Ardmore PA changed the dynamics of the business somewhat. Now, in addition to designing bridal and evening wear, her staff is also busy designing entire wardrobes for women that include everything from leather or lace slacks to rainwear and cashmere coats to hip classics for cocktail parties!
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