If you start in the heart of Washington DC and take the bridge over the Potomac River into Virginia, you're well on your way to Wendy Pepper's working studio. The gallery is the culmination of a life's dedication to the pursuit and practice of the age old craft of Haute Couture.
Born in Dayton Ohio, Wendy returned with her family to the Washington DC area at an early age. Growing up in the nation's capital afforded Wendy the unique opportunity to absorb the myriad cultural influences that Washington DC alone could provide. After earning an Anthropology degree in college, Wendy decided that she was interested in the role of fashion in today's culture and, by extension, the role it played in a modern world of increasingly mass communication. She taught herself to sew and draft patterns, and subsequently sought out apprenticeships with specialists in the fibre arts fields.
Wendy was part of the cast of the BRAVO series "Project Runway" and was chosen as a finalist and showed her collection in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week in February 2005. Her Gallery is open by appointment (540-687-8272), and her line is available exclusively at "Santangelo and Sandridge" (540-687-4775), also in Middleburg.
Wendy Pepper: Hi, I am Wendy Pepper and I am here today to talk to you about buying the right formal wear for your body type, and today we are going to be looking at three different body types, and looking at different aspects of them and trying to determine what the best dress is for each girl. We are going to take a look at the neckline, we are going to look at the torso, we are going to look at the hem and we are going to look at the sleeve types. All these things combine to form the perfect dress for your body type.
After 15 years, I was lucky enough to be chosen on the cast of season one of Project Runway, during which I became a finalist and showed my collection at Olympus Fashion Week in New York. The dream of any amateur fashion designer. In the course of filming that show, I have learned a lot of ins and outs and tricks that are used by designers, when they are thinking about making a collection that meets the needs of their clients out in the big wide world. So, I am pleased to bring some of that knowledge to you and let's get started.