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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lacey Dalimonte

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lacey Dalimonte.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
From a young age, fashion has always been a huge part of my life. Moving to LA from Grand Rapids, MI, at 18 really opened my eyes to the endless opportunities and creative freedom I was surrounded by. I have always loved experimenting with my own looks and the extremes that fashion can take you to. I taught myself how to sew, started making looks for myself and my friends, and eventually sold pieces on apps like Depop. I finally decided to go to school for Fashion Design and graduated with my Bachelors in 2019 from Otis College of Art and Design. Starting college, I already had a solid foundation of supporting myself to make a living in LA and experience in the industry from past jobs, which gave me more drive to work towards what I truly wanted. After graduating, I knew I eventually wanted to have my own business and started making pieces for personal projects while working full-time for leather designer Zana Bayne. I slowly started to build my brand by developing innovative looks and creating content on Instagram to showcase my work. Over the past two years, I have been working non-stop and it is finally paying off. I feel so lucky to now be able to say that I can support myself as an independent fashion designer and have had incredible opportunities like designing looks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. I still have a long ways to go in my eyes but finally feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My immediate reaction to this question is to just laugh, haha. I don’t think there is any smooth road for anyone in the fashion industry, especially for an independent designer. The way I got started is a little backwards in the sense that I first have been given major opportunities like designing custom pieces for huge celebrities before ever establishing my brand or selling pieces on my own. I feel so humbled by the way my business has started, but it’s been one significant learning experience, to say the least. Having your first major commission be for Lady Gaga and only having four days to make it happen is not only a make-or-break moment for your career but there’s no textbook or google search that’ll tell you how to do it while still juggling a full-time job. I tend to get a lot of anxiety when working on some of these projects and have to remind myself to trust my skills and quiet my mind. I have pushed myself harder than I ever have these past two years. From working all night on an outfit to then go to work the next day with 0 sleep – to getting my hopes up on seeing an outfit, I made for a music video that didn’t end up being used. It’s a cutthroat industry that can break you down very quickly. You have to have the stamina, passion, and drive to preserve while staying true to yourself and not letting anyone get in the way of that.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a fashion designer. I would say I’m still trying to navigate how I see myself growing in this chaotic industry. For now, I primarily create custom-made looks that focus on extreme tailoring with innovative fabrications and treatments. I love pushing people to feel something from my work while maintaining technical construction. I have a hard time focusing on one thing and love experimenting with new technologies in fashion, from laser cutting and 3D printing to machine embroidery and custom-made fabric. I also love creating by repurposing someone’s trash into an avant-garde look. A stand-out moment in my career so far was creating Nicki Minaj’s pregnancy reveal outfit. I used jewelry and trinkets from my childhood, thrifted dolls, actual candy, and melted plastic.

I make everything by myself primarily and feel like I’m learning every day through my experiences and take pride in the work I have done so far (with usually less than a week’s notice). I am looking forward to this new year because I plan to focus on creating my first pieces for my brand and diving deeper into building my empire.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Fashion is an ever-changing industry that has new issues and innovations every day. I think it will only continue to grow and evolve as we learn new technology and science behind what is and isn’t sustainable. I also feel that social media and e-commerce have changed the way the fashion industry operates and will continue to do so, creating more opportunities and challenges along the way. Almost all of my work opportunities have come from social media. It blows my mind that if it weren’t for representing myself digitally and putting in the work through sharing on different platforms, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m grateful for social media, but it’s also a headache that only adds more stress to my to-do list every day. I am anxious to see how the fashion industry evolves over the next few years and hope to contribute a positive influence through sustainable and ethical practices.

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