The factory of maLOVEolance hitherto known as Dark Fusion Boutique opens before you its bursting closet door of decadence and hand crafted one-of-a kind debauchery. The delicate and deliberate designations of designer Lucretia*Renee unfold with the truest of perfection and intention, satiating the insatiable appetites of thousands who thirst...
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Lucretia*Renee.
My clothing design style was initially inspired by my many years of performing in theatrical firedance and bellydance productions, mainly Serpentine- Theatrical Butoh/Fire Fusion Bellydance. Since 2001, I have been researching and developing costumes that are striking, accentuate dance movements, and durable enough for repeated use on and off stage. My clothing design style has become an elegant yet edgy fusion of tribal bellydance, fetish, goth, burlesque, circus, vaudeville, and steampunk. What makes my clothing line unique is my form-fitting and sexy placement of seams, layered fabrics, colors and textures; a feminine twist on the fetish aesthetic inspired by the art of dance and the Goddess.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love traveling, finding inspiration, and then creating new clothing items. Performing as Serpentine has brought me great joy through out the years. Serpentine will join creative forces with Faith & The Muse and tour in Europe this fall. And last but not least, I love fabric shopping.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest business challenge is visually documenting each new piece, I can never schedule enough photo shoots. My next biggest challenge is finding inspiring fabrics and trims- I try to schedule trips to the LA Fashion District often!
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
If someone were to gift me an item from my shoppe, I'd enjoy a huge ruffle shirt and a matching halter, hint hint!!!!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
As a youngster, I liked creating art. At the age of 19, I began a 4 year program at Pacific Northwest College of Art and earned a BFA in painting and drawing. My paintings were featured in galleries in Portland, Oregon, which was very exciting. As the years went by, I found myself on stage more than in front of the canvas. The stage required interesting costumes- I began creating costumes in 2001 and never stopped! I never thought I'd become a clothing designer.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Black Lotus Clothing
What does your future hold?
I plan to expand my production team, add menswear, and relocate to a larger facility. Maybe someday I'll have a storefront.
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