Meet Arielle, a 2019 dress designer

 

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As a curvy, body positivity enthusiast, I am always looking for clothing that complements my shape. I like to find clothes that I wear and not clothes that wear me. I wanted to design a dress that I could feel beautiful and confident in, a dress that complemented my curves and celebrated my body.
— Arielle Estoria

Arielle Estoria is a Spoken Word Poet, Author, Dance Party Enthusiast Emcee and Event Host Speaker, Model and Actress. Her motto of "Words not for the ears but for the soul" stems from her dedication to remind her audience that words are meant to be felt and not just heard. Arielle’s first EP, a collection of music and poetry called Symphony of a Lioness is now available on iTunes or Apple Music. She is Co-author of two self published collections of poetry: Vagabonds and Zealots (2014) and Write Bloody Spill Pretty (2017) which can both be found on Amazon.com. She is made of sass and good intentions, has a deep love for car karaoke, brunch and flowers. Learn more about Arielle and her design “The Arielle” in our interview with her below.

Why did you design your dress the way you did?

As a curvy, body positivity enthusiast, I am always looking for clothing that complements my shape. I like to find clothes that I wear and not clothes that wear me. I wanted to design a dress that I could feel beautiful and confident in, a dress that complemented my curves and celebrated my body. I chose the strapless element because one of my favorite parts of my body is my collarbones, I love strapless shirts and dresses that draw attention to that feature. I also added pockets because who doesn't love a dress with pockets?!

Why does Dressember’s mission of a world without slavery resonate with you?

Goodness, I think my whole life has become about learning more and more what it means to experience freedom. Freedom in my body, freedom in my voice and overall freedom in my existence. My main demographic is women, ALL women, that includes the the women in captivity. I want them and ALL people to know they are valued and worthy despite where they come from or the life obstacles they find themselves in.

What is something you’re proud of right now?

So much. I'm honestly pretty proud of life right now. Currently working on a meditation album and excited for that to release!

Connect with Arielle:

You can connect with Arielle at her website, on Instagram at @arielleestoria, on twitter and on Facebook. You can also listen to her EP, Symphony of a Lioness on Spotify.


Sketch by Samantha Pilon

Sketch by Samantha Pilon

Find Arielle’s design, the Estoria Sinclaire, in our upcoming collection of ethically sewn dresses and ties. Pre-orders launch this September!