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Jan 4, 2016

by Ela Siromascenko

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My name is Ela Siromascenko. I’m a fashion designer and dressmaker with a focus on vintage-inspired bridal and evening wear. I’m Romanian with Ukrainian roots, and I live in Milan, Italy, where I design and make all my creations by hand in my atelier.

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I learned to sew from browsing the internet and reading books and sewing magazines. I had always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but due to the way fashion design and dressmaking were perceived in the environment I grew up in, studying fashion was never an option. Instead, I have a master’s degree in advertising and PR. It was the most creative thing I could do, given the conditions of my youth. In 2010, my passion for sewing and design burst out, and I started teaching myself to sew. In the beginning, I was only making dresses for myself and wearing them to the events that I was organizing as part of my job.

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I started my Etsy shop in October 2012 out of pure curiosity (“what if it works?”), while I was still a hobbyist sewer. I had no idea that it would turn into an actual business. In 2013, I started getting more serious: I took a dressmaking class at a school here in Milan, and then decided to dedicate myself to my shop full time. I worked in my studio (a.k.a. my living room) until recently, when I finally managed to move into my own atelier in the city. This space is a dream come true; now I can finally see local clients in the right atmosphere and have a physical presence in addition my Etsy shop.

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I’m always learning. Each collection is more elaborate, more complex, and more mature than the ones before. My creative process, especially when I work on a collection, starts from a mood or a theme. I create several mood boards in the early stages of designing, and then set out to select my fabrics. Only after having the fabrics can I establish the final designs and sewing patterns. Next comes the fabric cutting and sewing everything together. Some dresses involve intricate motifs of lace appliqué — which involves many hours of cutting pieces of lace and then sewing them by hand onto the dress, all while listening to historical documentaries on YouTube.

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When I discovered the beautiful city of Naples two years ago, I fell madly in love with it. My last three collections are deeply connected with the essence of that city: its colors, its architecture, its somehow dramatic mood and atmosphere — and above all, the Neapolitan woman, whom I see as opulent, voluptuous, and full of energy. I am also inspired by all the beautiful fabrics I find while wandering the fabric stores of Milan. I’m an avid fabric collector, and I’m mad about floral prints — I can’t get enough of them.

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Etsy played a fundamental role in the success of my business; in fact, had it not been for Etsy, I would never even have started it, because it would never have occurred to me that I could actually sell my clothes. From day one, I sold my creations to all the faraway corners of the world, like the US, Canada, Australia, and all over Europe, which is something that surpassed all my dreams. I love the direct contact with my clients, and I feel most rewarded when I receive happy messages and reviews from my customers. One of my most cherished interactions was when one of my first brides’ husbands wrote to me after the wedding and said, “My wife looked like an angel. Thank you!” I had never communicated with the man before, so the fact that he took the time to look for me and write to me gave me the feeling that I had made a difference in someone’s life.

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Process photography by Cinzia Mele; product photography by Sabrina Cirillo; all other photos by Ela Siromascenko.

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Beaded lace corset wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, tulle wedding gown, lace wedding dress, tulle bridal gown, lace bridal gown
Beaded lace corset wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, tulle wedding gown, lace wedding dress, tulle bridal gown, lace bridal gown
ElaSiromascenko
$2,712.90 USD
Ivory lace wedding dress, lace wedding gown, romantic wedding dress, ivory wedding gown, lace bridal gown, beach wedding dress
Ivory lace wedding dress, lace wedding gown, romantic wedding dress, ivory wedding gown, lace bridal gown, beach wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$2,477.00 USD
Tulle skirt for bridesmaid, long and in many colors: light blue, blush pink, black, ivory, white, burgundy, navy, beige
Tulle skirt for bridesmaid, long and in many colors: light blue, blush pink, black, ivory, white, burgundy, navy, beige
ElaSiromascenko
$342.06 USD
1950s black prom dress, black 1950s style dress, 50s evening gown, black bridesmaid dress, cocktail dress, black and gold party dress
1950s black prom dress, black 1950s style dress, 50s evening gown, black bridesmaid dress, cocktail dress, black and gold party dress
ElaSiromascenko
$589.76 USD
Black wedding gown in tulle, sequined black wedding dress, open back wedding dress, black bridal gown, red carpet dress, black evening gown
Black wedding gown in tulle, sequined black wedding dress, open back wedding dress, black bridal gown, red carpet dress, black evening gown
ElaSiromascenko
$1,155.93 USD
Bridal tulle skirt, long tulle skirt, ivory tulle skirt, 2 piece bridal gown, floor length tulle skirt, tulle wedding skirt, long prom skirt
Bridal tulle skirt, long tulle skirt, ivory tulle skirt, 2 piece bridal gown, floor length tulle skirt, tulle wedding skirt, long prom skirt
ElaSiromascenko
$412.83 USD
Emerald green lace crop top, elegant lace top, 2 piece bridesmaid dress, beaded sequined lace 2 piece prom outfit, 2 piece red carpet outfit
Emerald green lace crop top, elegant lace top, 2 piece bridesmaid dress, beaded sequined lace 2 piece prom outfit, 2 piece red carpet outfit
ElaSiromascenko
$566.17 USD
50s style lace prom dress, burgundy lace dress, tulle bridesmaid dress, tulle party dress, 1950s cocktail dress, rehearsal dinner dress
50s style lace prom dress, burgundy lace dress, tulle bridesmaid dress, tulle party dress, 1950s cocktail dress, rehearsal dinner dress
ElaSiromascenko
$636.94 USD
50s navy prom dress, lace party dress, 50s prom dress, navy lace bridesmaid dress, navy party dress, circle skirt dress, 50s cocktail dress
50s navy prom dress, lace party dress, 50s prom dress, navy lace bridesmaid dress, navy party dress, circle skirt dress, 50s cocktail dress
ElaSiromascenko
$589.76 USD
1950s grey bow tie dolly blouse, bow office shirt, elegant long sleeve blouse, retro 1950s office blouse, mad men inspired top MADE TO ORDER
1950s grey bow tie dolly blouse, bow office shirt, elegant long sleeve blouse, retro 1950s office blouse, mad men inspired top MADE TO ORDER
ElaSiromascenko
$112.05 USD
Long prom dress, floor length bridesmaid dress, red bridesmaid dress, 50s long red ball gown, red carpet dress, long evening gown CARMELA
Long prom dress, floor length bridesmaid dress, red bridesmaid dress, 50s long red ball gown, red carpet dress, long evening gown CARMELA
ElaSiromascenko
$743.10 USD
Grey tulle prom dress, beaded lace prom dress, 50s style prom dress, 1950s evening dress, tulle bridesmaid dress, lace bridesmaid dress
Grey tulle prom dress, beaded lace prom dress, 50s style prom dress, 1950s evening dress, tulle bridesmaid dress, lace bridesmaid dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,037.98 USD
Ivory lace crop top, bridal crop top, ivory bridal top, ivory lace top, bridal lace top, bridal separates, 2 piece wedding dress
Ivory lace crop top, bridal crop top, ivory bridal top, ivory lace top, bridal lace top, bridal separates, 2 piece wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$412.83 USD
1950s style short wedding dress, ivory lace and silk wedding gown, cap sleeve wedding dress, elopement wedding dress, civil wedding dress
1950s style short wedding dress, ivory lace and silk wedding gown, cap sleeve wedding dress, elopement wedding dress, civil wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$813.87 USD
Long emerald green prom dress with train, long ball gown, red carpet dress, green bridal gown, open back dress, green bridesmaid dress
Long emerald green prom dress with train, long ball gown, red carpet dress, green bridal gown, open back dress, green bridesmaid dress
ElaSiromascenko
$941.26 USD
1950s navy wiggle dress, navy prom dress, navy lace bridesmaid dress, lace cocktail dress, navy cocktail dress, navy party dress TERESA
1950s navy wiggle dress, navy prom dress, navy lace bridesmaid dress, lace cocktail dress, navy cocktail dress, navy party dress TERESA
ElaSiromascenko
$469.45 USD
Edwardian style wedding dress, edwardian wedding gown, 1910s wedding dress, lace wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, beach wedding dress
Edwardian style wedding dress, edwardian wedding gown, 1910s wedding dress, lace wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, beach wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,474.40 USD
Long black evening gown, beaded lace and tulle red carpet dress, lace and tulle prom dress, black tulle party dress, black bridesmaid dress
Long black evening gown, beaded lace and tulle red carpet dress, lace and tulle prom dress, black tulle party dress, black bridesmaid dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,415.43 USD
50s style short wedding dress, 50s bridal gown, 50s elopement wedding dress, civil wedding dress, strapless wedding dress, lace wedding gown
50s style short wedding dress, 50s bridal gown, 50s elopement wedding dress, civil wedding dress, strapless wedding dress, lace wedding gown
ElaSiromascenko
$1,167.73 USD
Long tulle wedding dress, lace tulle wedding gown, long ivory tulle bridal gown, beaded lace wedding dress, asymmetrical tulle wedding gown
Long tulle wedding dress, lace tulle wedding gown, long ivory tulle bridal gown, beaded lace wedding dress, asymmetrical tulle wedding gown
ElaSiromascenko
$1,415.43 USD
50s inspired yellow floral dress with circle skirt, floral prom dress, floral bridesmaid dress, floral party dress, 1950s style sundress
50s inspired yellow floral dress with circle skirt, floral prom dress, floral bridesmaid dress, floral party dress, 1950s style sundress
ElaSiromascenko
$448.22 USD
Champagne draped tulle bridal skirt, beige tulle wedding skirt, two piece wedding dress, bridal separates, 2 piece wedding dress
Champagne draped tulle bridal skirt, beige tulle wedding skirt, two piece wedding dress, bridal separates, 2 piece wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$920.03 USD
Sky blue floor length tulle skirt, 50s tulle skirt, tulle bridal skirt, long tulle prom skirt, tulle bridesmaid skirt, tulle wedding skirt
Sky blue floor length tulle skirt, 50s tulle skirt, tulle bridal skirt, long tulle prom skirt, tulle bridesmaid skirt, tulle wedding skirt
ElaSiromascenko
$342.06 USD
High low prom dress, off shoulder bridesmaid dress, 50s style pink flowers dress, 1950s pink floral prom dress, hi lo evening gown
High low prom dress, off shoulder bridesmaid dress, 50s style pink flowers dress, 1950s pink floral prom dress, hi lo evening gown
ElaSiromascenko
$825.67 USD
Long tulle wedding dress, lace wedding dress, lace bridal gown, beach wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, simple boho wedding dress
Long tulle wedding dress, lace wedding dress, lace bridal gown, beach wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, simple boho wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,297.48 USD
Ivory mermaid bridal dress, with strapless bodice and long train
Ivory mermaid bridal dress, with strapless bodice and long train
ElaSiromascenko
$2,594.95 USD
SAMPLE SALE Ivory lace mermaid wedding dress, mermaid wedding gown, mermaid bridal gown, ruffled wedding gown, strapless trumpet wedding
SAMPLE SALE Ivory lace mermaid wedding dress, mermaid wedding gown, mermaid bridal gown, ruffled wedding gown, strapless trumpet wedding
ElaSiromascenko
$412.83 USD
SAMPLE SALE Ivory organza wedding gown, silk organza wedding dress, lace wedding gown, corset wedding gown, princess wedding dress
SAMPLE SALE Ivory organza wedding gown, silk organza wedding dress, lace wedding gown, corset wedding gown, princess wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$412.83 USD
SAMPLE SALE Ivory strapless tulle wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, tulle bridal gown, lace wedding dress, princess wedding dress
SAMPLE SALE Ivory strapless tulle wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, tulle bridal gown, lace wedding dress, princess wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$353.86 USD
Ivory beaded illusion wedding dress, beaded lace wedding gown, lace and tulle wedding gown, destination wedding dress, sleeve wedding dress
Ivory beaded illusion wedding dress, beaded lace wedding gown, lace and tulle wedding gown, destination wedding dress, sleeve wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,745.69 USD
Champagne wedding dress in tulle and lace, beige strapless wedding dress, lace and tulle wedding gown, corset wedding dress
Champagne wedding dress in tulle and lace, beige strapless wedding dress, lace and tulle wedding gown, corset wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$2,712.90 USD
Bridal crop top with cap sleeves, White wedding crop top, white summer top, cap sleeved crop top, button up top, bridal separates
Bridal crop top with cap sleeves, White wedding crop top, white summer top, cap sleeved crop top, button up top, bridal separates
ElaSiromascenko
$342.06 USD
50s mint prom dress, V neck mint bridesmaid dress, mint green bridesmaid dress, cotton eyelet dress, sleeveless rehearsal dinner dress
50s mint prom dress, V neck mint bridesmaid dress, mint green bridesmaid dress, cotton eyelet dress, sleeveless rehearsal dinner dress
ElaSiromascenko
$448.22 USD
Tulle skirt for your wedding: long and draped, in champagne color, made to fit
Tulle skirt for your wedding: long and draped, in champagne color, made to fit
ElaSiromascenko
$920.03 USD
Bohemian wedding dress with long sleeve, in ivory with tulle skirt and embroidered top
Bohemian wedding dress with long sleeve, in ivory with tulle skirt and embroidered top
ElaSiromascenko
$1,356.45 USD
SAMPLE SALE 50s style short wedding dress, 1950s wedding dress, lace wedding dress, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress
SAMPLE SALE 50s style short wedding dress, 1950s wedding dress, lace wedding dress, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$176.93 USD
Beaded lace wedding dress, ivory tulle wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, beach wedding dress, boho wedding dress
Beaded lace wedding dress, ivory tulle wedding gown, tulle wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress, beach wedding dress, boho wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,769.29 USD
Edwardian wedding dress, ivory silk chiffon wedding dress, chiffon wedding gown, beach wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress
Edwardian wedding dress, ivory silk chiffon wedding dress, chiffon wedding gown, beach wedding dress, bohemian wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,533.38 USD
Chantilly lace bridal crop top, ivory lace bridal top, cap sleeve bridal top, button back bridal top, crop top bridal gown, wedding crop top
Chantilly lace bridal crop top, ivory lace bridal top, cap sleeve bridal top, button back bridal top, crop top bridal gown, wedding crop top
ElaSiromascenko
$467.09 USD
Lime green bridesmaid dress, lime green tulle dress, lime green prom dress, long tulle strapless dress, tulle bridesmaid dress
Lime green bridesmaid dress, lime green tulle dress, lime green prom dress, long tulle strapless dress, tulle bridesmaid dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,167.73 USD
Black taffeta full skirt with train, long black skirt, black prom skirt, 2 piece prom dress, 2 piece red carpet dress, long bridesmaid skirt
Black taffeta full skirt with train, long black skirt, black prom skirt, 2 piece prom dress, 2 piece red carpet dress, long bridesmaid skirt
ElaSiromascenko
$797.36 USD
Ivory lace bohemian wedding dress, boho wedding dress, long sleeve wedding dress, destination wedding dress, beach wedding dress in tulle
Ivory lace bohemian wedding dress, boho wedding dress, long sleeve wedding dress, destination wedding dress, beach wedding dress in tulle
ElaSiromascenko
$1,356.45 USD
50s high low wedding dress in jacquard, ivory hi lo wedding dress, ivory high low bridal gown, 1950s wedding gown, elopement wedding dress
50s high low wedding dress in jacquard, ivory hi lo wedding dress, ivory high low bridal gown, 1950s wedding gown, elopement wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$931.82 USD
50s style high low skirt, full 50s skirt, hi lo skirt, yellow ruffle skirt, yellow bridesmaid skirt, prom skirt, asymmetrical skirt
50s style high low skirt, full 50s skirt, hi lo skirt, yellow ruffle skirt, yellow bridesmaid skirt, prom skirt, asymmetrical skirt
ElaSiromascenko
$436.42 USD
1950s ivory lace wedding dress, 50s short wedding dress, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress, destination wedding dress bridal gown
1950s ivory lace wedding dress, 50s short wedding dress, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress, destination wedding dress bridal gown
ElaSiromascenko
$1,120.55 USD
Tulle wedding gown with lace top, white with long sleeve
Tulle wedding gown with lace top, white with long sleeve
ElaSiromascenko
$1,745.69 USD
1950s style bridal bolero, vintage wedding shrug, ivory lace bridal shrug, beaded lace wedding bolero, silk bridal wrap, silk bridal bolero
1950s style bridal bolero, vintage wedding shrug, ivory lace bridal shrug, beaded lace wedding bolero, silk bridal wrap, silk bridal bolero
ElaSiromascenko
$797.36 USD
Baroque lace wedding dress, gold lace bridal gown, baroque wedding gown, champagne wedding dress, alternative 1920s wedding dress
Baroque lace wedding dress, gold lace bridal gown, baroque wedding gown, champagne wedding dress, alternative 1920s wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,415.43 USD
50s style silver wedding dress, brocade wedding dress, short wedding dress, strapless civil wedding dress, elopement dress, corset dress
50s style silver wedding dress, brocade wedding dress, short wedding dress, strapless civil wedding dress, elopement dress, corset dress
ElaSiromascenko
$884.64 USD
50s style wedding dress, high low wedding dress, hi low wedding dress, 1950s wedding dress, strapless wedding dress, civil wedding dress
50s style wedding dress, high low wedding dress, hi low wedding dress, 1950s wedding dress, strapless wedding dress, civil wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$2,028.78 USD
SAMPLE SALE Long bohemian bridal skirt, lace wedding skirt, boho wedding skirt, ivory wedding skirt, lace wedding separates, beach wedding
SAMPLE SALE Long bohemian bridal skirt, lace wedding skirt, boho wedding skirt, ivory wedding skirt, lace wedding separates, beach wedding
ElaSiromascenko
$141.54 USD
Champagne silk bridal corset, gold wedding corset, beige wedding corset, beige weddding separates, two piece wedding dress, bridal separates
Champagne silk bridal corset, gold wedding corset, beige wedding corset, beige weddding separates, two piece wedding dress, bridal separates
ElaSiromascenko
$1,014.39 USD
Ivory tattoo lace wedding dress, ivory lace wedding gown, backless wedding dress, tulle wedding gown, bohemian wedding dress, boho wedding
Ivory tattoo lace wedding dress, ivory lace wedding gown, backless wedding dress, tulle wedding gown, bohemian wedding dress, boho wedding
ElaSiromascenko
$1,474.40 USD
50s short lace wedding dress,  short ivory tulle wedding dress, ivory lace bridal gown, destination wedding dress, beach wedding dress
50s short lace wedding dress, short ivory tulle wedding dress, ivory lace bridal gown, destination wedding dress, beach wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,078.08 USD
Ivory tulle wedding dress, lace wedding dress, boho wedding dress, bohemian wedding gown, cap sleeves beaded lace wedding gown
Ivory tulle wedding dress, lace wedding dress, boho wedding dress, bohemian wedding gown, cap sleeves beaded lace wedding gown
ElaSiromascenko
$2,002.83 USD
1950s off shoulder dress, black prom dress, high low dress, ball gown, black 50s evening gown, black bridesmaid dress, red carpet dress
1950s off shoulder dress, black prom dress, high low dress, ball gown, black 50s evening gown, black bridesmaid dress, red carpet dress
ElaSiromascenko
$884.64 USD
1950s blush pink bridesmaid dress, 50s prom dress, blush pink tulle dress, blush wedding dress, destination wedding dress, civil wedding
1950s blush pink bridesmaid dress, 50s prom dress, blush pink tulle dress, blush wedding dress, destination wedding dress, civil wedding
ElaSiromascenko
$589.76 USD
Tea length lace wedding dress, 50s tulle wedding gown, 50s ivory wedding dress, bridal gown, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress
Tea length lace wedding dress, 50s tulle wedding gown, 50s ivory wedding dress, bridal gown, civil wedding dress, elopement wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$905.87 USD
50s high low wedding dress, 50s white lace wedding gown, short wedding dress, hi low lace wedding dress, beach wedding dress
50s high low wedding dress, 50s white lace wedding gown, short wedding dress, hi low lace wedding dress, beach wedding dress
ElaSiromascenko
$1,592.36 USD
1950s floral strapless prom dress, strapless floral bridesmaid dress, short bridesmaid dress, floral party dress, garden party dress
1950s floral strapless prom dress, strapless floral bridesmaid dress, short bridesmaid dress, floral party dress, garden party dress
ElaSiromascenko
$445.86 USD

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