Mary G. Holland, of MaryGwyneth LLC, designs and creates unusually original and beautiful custom made clothes, elegant evening gowns, and wearable art garments and accessories for an exclusive clientele.
Working from her home studio in the Adirondack foothills of northern New York State, she expresses her joy of creation through designs inspired by the colors and textures in nature, historic fashion, Bohemian style, and occasionally, pure original, lyrical fantasy. Using traditional fine couture dressmaking and tailoring techniques, she designs and develops her own patterns in custom fitted or standard sizing. She constructs her pieces from natural fiber fabrics and the finest, often semiprecious, beads and trims.
Creatively integrating timeless fashion design with original surface design techniques, she utilizes many fabrication processes that demonstrate her extraordinary range of skills, including hand dyeing and fabric painting, surface texturing, piecing, embroidering, applique’, and beadwork.
With over forty years of custom sewing and design experience, Mary developed couture dressmaking skills from her mother and grandmother. In addition to making apparel, accessories, and costumes for women, men, children, dolls, horses, and pets in her extended family, she has assisted with authentic historic costume production for numerous community theater productions, and operated her own custom dressmaking shop. Retired from software and IT management, Mary considers herself an interdisciplinary designer, and is also accomplished at painting and drawing, stained glass, mosaics, masonry, sculpting, casting, wood carving, and other crafts. She continually refreshes her skills with reading, classes, and frequent practice and experimentation.
Mary has received two prestigious NICHE Award finalist nominations in three years: the Rose’s Edge Gown in Miniature for the 2012 NICHE Awards in Fiber, Surface Design, and the White Peacock Coat for the 2010 NICHE Awards in the Fiber, Surface Design category.