Monday, 25 February 2013 01:05

Janel Jolly

Fashion Designer Janel Jolly has been sewing and stitching for years, taking cue from her mother who also sews, "My mother taught me how to sew and everything else just progressed from there. I started out making clothes for my Barbie dolls and then moved on to making outfits for myself. I got great feedback on the pieces I made and was soon commissioned to making outfits for other persons. "The first sale piece I made was in 2006, a button up blouse with lots of detailing and embellishments. The customer was very pleased with the end result and so was I. That piece heralded the official birth of my fashion label 'Jae Jolly' and since then, I haven't looked back..."

Janel then furthered her studies in Fashion Design at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. During her studies there she also ventured into the intermediate and advanced course in Photography, a skill she says that credits for providing inspirations for her collections. "I've always been interested in pretty much all aspects of art so taking this field in fashion was a natural progression for me."
From making outfits for her dolls to stitching for life sized clients, uber stylish designer Janel Jolly was the latest addition to premiere at the region's fashion and lifestyle event Caribbean Fashion Week June 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica. Janel describes her inaugural CFW collection as glamorous yet rustic. "The pieces were very feminine with an edgy twist. The collection themed 'Enchanted Garden' was inspired by different elements of plants and flowers. The colour palette was of soft subtle colours combined with metallics." This was her first major fashion presentation which after had raving reviews in the local news paper. Since her debut collection she has continued showing collections at CFW, this year being her third year.

Her unique talents are expressed in her mixing of different fabrics and textures as well as her intricate detailing and pairing soft delicate fabrics with textured fabrics, which elevates her collections to couture level designs that portrays a most elegant and edgy silhouette.

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