Clara Dittli was born in Switzerland. At the age of 16, she began an intensive four-year apprenticeship and education program in the fashion industry. This program combined hands-on work at a private atelier (i.e., a studio of professional seamstresses and tailors) with formal studies at both the Trade and Business School of Luzern and the School of Arts, University of Zurich. After graduation, she further enhanced her skills while working at three different couture houses in Zurich – Grieder, Wigert, and Oscar Rom. In 1985, Clara moved to Denver and opened a home-based sewing studio.
Clara is a formally trained fashion designer and custom clothing expert with over 30 years of experience. Working closely with each client, she first seeks to understand their lifestyle needs and then provides recommendations in the areas of wardrobe planning, fashion style and fabric selection. She takes her clients’ requirements, prepares design alternatives and evaluates with them which design option and construction techniques are best suited to make their dream garment a runway worthy bridal dress, an inaugural ball gown or a professional business suit. Her years of technical training and hands-on experience ensure the fit and finish integrity of all her completed garments. As Clara states…”there is no shortcut to quality”.
Clara also teaches couture sewing techniques to local and national groups, and conducts private lessons for students and fashion industry professionals in her home studio. Recently, two of her students were accepted for study at several prestigious fashion schools including ones in New York, London and Paris (Parsons, The London College of Fashion, and Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne)
Clara is a founding member of the Colorado Chapter of ASDP and serves on the board as chair of Jurying, and past VP of Programs.
Clara welcomes both new clients and students.