We as women are all born with a natural sense of royalty and a taste for whimsy, and I am certainly no exception to the rule. I love all things frilly and fanciful. I even have a pension for the ‘Lolita’ doll look that is so popular in Japan. Though that might also be because I adore any and all clothes that breathe even a hint of Victorian flare. Ergo anything covered in lace, draped in jacquard, or lavished with brocade is welcome, even cherished, in my closet. That era was just so elegant, and the women were so poised, graceful, and delicate. Granted I have no desire to go back to the days of bone-crushing corsets, bad plumbing, and non-existent women’s rights; but I do love it when a bit of that Victorian influence finds it’s way onto the pages of a modern day magazine or catwalk.
And when I do find a designer that favors that style of design, I tend to keep a pretty close eye on them. Which was the case when I discovered the brand Theo Doro by Polish designer Dorota Zglobicka, based in Tuscon Arizona, a couple years ago. Her Instagram page was the easiest way for me to keep up with her, and I always got a little giddy whenever I received a notification saying ‘@theo_doro_fairyland has shared post’. So you can imagine my absolute delight when I discovered she would be showing at Phoenix Fashion Week this year! Naturally in my excitement I became even more curious about the woman behind the sophisticated fairytale clothing I had been drooling over for so long. So (before I actually got to meet her in person at the Phoenix Fashion Week Launch Party, so cool!) I decided to do a little more research into the backstory of this Award Winning brand and the fiery woman who brought it to life.
Dorota Zglobicka “Creating whimsical clothing for the modern woman, Theo Doro brand is focusing on bringing back elegant, playful uniqueness to bold woman’s wardrobe. Theo Doro clothes are influenced by fairy tales, emotions, motion pictures, history of art and nature. … All because life is too short to wear boring clothes.”
Though she was born in Poland and went to school there for fashion and design, the Theo Doro brand was actually born in Greece, after she moved there to continue her schooling. It turns out that the name ‘Theo Doro’ is derived from the Greek language and translated to ‘Divine Gift’.After the brands conception Dorota has since moved to the United States, finally settling in Tuscon, Arizona where she created several different collections which have made their debut in over a dozen fashion weeks/shows and magazines!
After being selected as one of the Top 15 designers to show in Phoenix Fashion Week 2017, she underwent Phoenix Fashion Week’s renowned 3 month Designer Bootcamp as she set to work on her latest collection “The Beauty and The Twist”, which is said to be inspired by the “unique nature of Tucson desert and Whimsical Night Fairies.” Theo Doro will show at Phoenix Fashion Week in October (5th-7th) at Talking Stick Resort where one designer will receive the title of ‘Designer of the Year’ and receive a $10,000 prize package comprised of all the goods and services needed to help the winning brand succeed. I am so excited to be able to collaborate with the charismatic Dorota Zglobicka, and I can’t wait to see what surprises her new collection The Beauty and the Twist has in store for us come October!
* Tickets for Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 are Available Here
Theo Doro Black Butterfly Chiffon Dress
Altramarea Black Lace Up Bootie
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