Behind the Seams: David Meister

Dress Master David Meister has a name synonymous with sophisticated, body-conscious, feminine dressing.  He knows a woman’s body, and most importantly that one size and silhouette does not fit all. David’s day dresses are the perfect balance of sweet and sexy, and his cocktail and evening styles are all about glamour. We went behind the scenes with the designer to find out his personal style icon, how the brand is expanding, and why he loves the 80s. 


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What inspired your Spring 2011 collection?

Easy, effortless glamour. Simple silhouettes that are all about shape, draping and strong color. I love the play of nudes, soft metallics and white against strong bright colors. 


What new silhouettes or materials did you introduce in the collection?

One sleeve cocktail dresses and gowns look great for Spring. Touches of chain detail as well. I also introduced a sheer knit devore in nude and black which is stunning.


Which part of the design process do you like the best?

I love the fact that design is a very organic process. You start with a master plan and then it grows, evolves and takes on its own personality. Often I start with a fabric and a sketch, make the muslin and then in the fitting on the model it starts to evolve into something else – something even more Interesting. As a designer you have to allow things to evolve and be open to the direction things take on during the creative process. It is also very exciting when you see the line complete and the vision has become a three dimensional reality.


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How do you celebrate finishing a collection?

Martinis, martinis, martinis!!!!!! Followed by a long weekend of sleep!


How is the David Meister brand growing in 2011?

Presently the brand consists of David Meister Collection (day dresses, cocktail and evening), David Meister Signature (available at Bergdorf Goodman) and David Meister Bridal. We are currently working on and exploring other licensing opportunities which will enhance and complement the brand.


If you could sit in the front row of any designer?

I would have to go back in time for this one. One of my most favorite designers is Halston. To go back and be physically present in his Olympic Tower showroom would be BEYOND!!!! His clothes were so modern, effortless and chic. He really changed the way women dressed as well as American design. His clothes were so right not only then but are still relevant and modern today. The glamour and social milieu of the seventies and early eighties is really one of my most favorite periods.


If a girl was going to purchase her first David Meister dress, what would you want it to be?

It would definitely be a jersey cocktail dress in black or a bright color. Jersey is one of my signature fabrics. It is sexy, modern and always looks right!


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