The name Vella Perla was brought to life by combining my last name "Velez” and the Spanish words "Bella Perla," which stands for beautiful pearl. My designs are versatile – they can be worn in a casual or formal setting. I hope my designs make the wearer feel sexy and confident no matter their skin color or body type. The fabrics I chose were inspired by traditional Ecuadorian clothing. My use of velvet and details such as embroidery, sequins, beads, and pearls make this collection beautiful and unique.
Alex was born and in Ecuador, South America, and lived there until the age of four. Even at that young age – being exposed to the colors, accessories, and embroidered clothing that surrounded her – made a lasting impression. Coming to the United States has expanded Alex’s view on what fashion means to everyone and how backgrounds, religions, and cultures influence people. Alex plans to open a business serving private clients, clients who will trust her to create total looks for them involving hair, makeup, and one-of-a-kind designs.
Models: Tatiana Bunay, Salma Keynan, Natasha Riera
I want to start by giving a warm appreciation to my instructors, Mark, Vicki, and Ren. Also, I want to thank my family, especially my mom and older brother, and my models Natasha, Tatiana, and Salma. A big thank you to Financial Aid for supporting my education and my social worker Matthew and the other members from Power of You. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of the film.