Becoming a Master Tailor is not something you can achieve through the classroom. It is an ancient tradition that is passed on through word of mouth and years of hard work. It’s not an overnight fix, which is sadly why it is becoming something of a lost art, but there are still passionate people such as Ariella keeping the flame burning.
Tailoring in its traditional form is an art. It requires unique tools, a precise understanding of fabrics and patterns, skills passed on through generations and total commitment to keeping the art alive.
Going to Ariella ensures that you have a piece of clothing that fits you perfectly. It’s not the same as buying an off the shelf suit and having it tailored to fit you. A suit from Ariella involves measuring, having her create a pattern just for you, cutting, sewing and finishing, with a few fittings along the way, before your polished and perfect outfit is delivered to you.
Ariella’s apprenticeship began with her grandfather – a proud European Master Tailor who honed his own skills over a lifetime. She spent some time living with him and learning from him and his Master Tailor friends. It is this European tradition that Ariella has adopted, choosing to eschew the military style stiffness of Savile Row in favour of design that allows for movement. This makes her particularly popular among theatre performers, musicians and vintage cycling enthusiasts, who value the elegance and fluidity of her designs, along with the exceptional workmanship.
She is also making a name for herself among the LGBT community, for whom high street tailoring often doesn’t cater. Ariella says she has several customers in the Canberra region who used to travel as far afield as the USA to have suits made, and who now have patterns on file that have been precisely measured, cut and are ready for their next outfit.
Ariella is based in Melbourne, but her client base hails from Canberra, NSW, Queensland and also Tasmania. She represents tailoring at the Lost Trades show, a celebration of trades that artisans are keeping alive. The video in this article was made at Lost Trades this year and shows Ariella at work. Handmade is fortunate to be able to claim Canberra exclusivity, as Ariella has chosen The Handmade Market as her base in Canberra, and she will be available to show off her work, talk about fabrics and schedule measurements at the Market on 8, 9 & 10 December.
She will also be bringing her ready to wear children’s range of clothing and accessories, carefully crafted in the traditional style, but with allowance for movement, making the garments easy to wear and play in – the perfect Christmas gift.
Ariella’s style combines vintage, with a dose of Steampunk, masculinity and the flair of the stage, allowing the wearer to express individuality with impeccable detailing. Every stitch is sewn with the love and passion of a true artisan and we can’t wait to welcome Ariella back to Handmade so she can continue keeping the art of tailoring alive.