These are the goals of dress designer and textile artist Carla Bellisio. Through form, pattern and stitch, textile becomes narrative.  She delves into her craft to explore personal history, that of her own family as well as that of strangers who become new family in the process.  Reflecting on what has past brings meaning to the present.

With these goals in mind, Carla, along with business partner Jocelyn Melechinsky founded Fermata Designs, an eco-conscious wedding gown atelier where honoring family narrative as well as preservation of the environment is the focus.  Heirloom wedding gowns are restored or refashioned, bringing new life to family memories as well as to the historic garment.  Classic silhouettes inspire new custom gowns, which are crafted using sustainable materials and vintage trims.