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about the line:  The miriam cecilia line ranges from ready-to-wear cocktail dresses and separates that can take the customer through the day to couture hand-sewn miriam cecilia gowns that Stockyard Magazine has described as reaching the line’s “darkly beautiful heights.”miriam cecilia

A miriam cecilia dress draws inspiration from the small bits of beauty a woman’s eye captures and never forgets.  It is draped with a uniqueness and fluidity that defines feminine grace and pulled together with a sophistication that will leave the impression she deserves. The combination of contemporary elements and the contemplative essence of nature brings a nuanced elegance to the woman who wears miriam cecilia in her many different journeys.


about the designer:  Designer Miriam Cecilia Carlson, the visionary behind miriam cecilia, has been called “The Next Big Thing” and “Most likely to rule the runway” by Michigan Avenue Magazine.  In 2011, she was selected as one of the nine designers across the country to compete in the Oscar Design Challenge hosted by The Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Miriam recently completed her year residency as a 2010 Designer in Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator where she launched miriam cecilia. She was third place winner at the Driehaus Fashion Show in Chicago in 2009 and represented Gothenburg, Sweden in the 2009 World Fashion Chicago Show.  Miriam received her training from Dominican University and the Paris American Academy of Design.  

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While in Paris, Miriam studied with Jean Paul Gaultier’s milliner and Mme Gres’ seamstresses. It was in Paris that Miriam designed her first collection and recognized her desire and drive to become a designer.  Miriam lives and works in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, Illinois.  She still maintains a studio on her family farm where she escapes to find her inspiration.