Alicia Bell was born in the United States in 1977. She studied fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York.

She started her career as a pattern-cutter with London fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, picking up her fine craftsmanship and sense of style.

Back in New York, Alicia started up her own label Bell by Alicia Bell, in 1999. Although she kept a relatively low profile, the word got out about her richly textured, ultra-feminine clothes for young girls with sophisticated tastes.

She didn't really intend to sell her clothes on line, but so many people contacted her website with orders, that she had to start doing so. She also shows vintage Victorian pictures that inspire her aesthetic.

Henri Bendel and Louis of Boston have stocked her line for the past two years and she has appeared in all the fashion magazines.

The Look

The clothes are created from a perfect marriage of feminine Victorian style and clean modern cuts. Bell by Alicia Bell reflects a deep understanding of classic femininity, confidence and well-tailored clothing, by both the designer and her customer. Her line reflects the fine craftsmanship and individual sense of style taught by her established mentors. Details and tailoring are impeccable in every garment whether it is a frayed skirt hem, a ruffled collar on a cape, or a small grouping of box pleats at the back of a hobble skirt. Circle skirts magically transform into bustles with a bra hook closure and secretary tops are fitted to new buxom proportions. Rich textures in velvet and herringbone wool take flight with flowing ribbon accents and sensuous sheer lace trims.

Who Wears It

Liv Tyler, Shiva Rose, Kirsty Hume, Vanessa Carlton, Madonna, Oprah

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