Azrael's Accomplice Designs

Tracy "Batty" Robertson of Azrael's Accomplice Designs sells historical, gothic, and fantasy inspired cocktail wear, formal, bridal, and corsetry.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Batty.
I was a costume designer for local theater and my love for costumes brought me into the world of high fashion. I then studied both costume design and fashion design in college. I was also into the gothic and alternative music scenes. I always thought that the clothing was so beautiful but didn't like the fact that it was always marketed as something that had to be scary or freaky to the mainstream. So I started my line with the idea to make beautiful historical and gothic clothing that appealed to a broader audience and took away some of the stigmas that go with "alternative" fashion.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Dream up gorgeous clothing ideas. I am seriously always thinking fashion. Everything I see around me, music I hear, conversations I have, etc inspires me to think up some sort of outfit in my head.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Being a small designer it is sometimes hard to keep up with the demand. I do almost everything with a very small team of people. When buyers are ordering for stores and such they sometimes don't realize that small designers are not like big factory-produced designers who can get things done very quickly and cheaply. There is a lot of love and time that goes into my pieces, I like to keep things small so the quality is not compromised. This unfortunately means my market is kept smaller as well.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I've always loved my Fairytale Princess gown (in silk). It's one of our best sellers and it's one of my favorite creations.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I just knew I wanted to do something involving clothing, I've always loved it. I dressed up my barbies when I was a kid in couture-inspired gowns. I read and studied books on costume history when other kids were reading comic books or playing with toys.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I think Kambriel of is very talented and designs things in the dark and elegant style that I love as well.

What does your future hold?
I hope to bring my unique take on couture to more and more people. I would like for people to see gothic and fantasy-inspired fashion as something not just for the random oddballs like me out there but something appealing to a much wider audience. Something that can be beautiful without being considered "freaky". My clothing is about elegance of times past and the beauty of the future, so I hope my future will beautiful.

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