paola calvo

FASHION DESIGNER based in LOS ANGELES-MADRID

A perfectionist and proactive individual with the ability to create beauty

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Email paolapetisa@gmail.com

Phone 001 3107195104

In 1981 I was born in Burgos where my father played soccer, but soon moved to Granada, then Elche and finally back to where my family roots are: Milagro (Tudela-Spain). That is where I was raised until I finished my high school studies, and I headed to University in Pamplona (Navarre-Spain). I went on to get my degree in Law, and after that I moved to Madrid to get me a master degree in Criminal Law. Soon after that, I started my career as a lawyer for the following five years…Until I realized that I was not going to spend a single more day doing what I did not have a passion for. I also knew what my passion was, and also that I needed a big change in my life. That is when I decided to go to LA with the excuse to properly learn the English Language and find my way into what my passion is: Fashion.

Shortly after I arrived in Los Angeles, an opportunity arose to develop my creativity. Working along with the singer Brenna Whitaker and her “little big band” was my first chance to showcase my home-spun creations. I designed and created weekly custom-made garments and complements for her weekly jazz shows at the W Hotel located in Hollywood as well as other appearances, and special events. During this period I also had the chance to work with multiples artists in different style outs, music videos, short movies and photo-shoots.

It was during 2012 when I started working as a designer and stylist for Lucy Paris ( a company for women fashion apparel based in LA and Paris). I was given a very straight-forward and clear message right from the beginning: introducing Lucy Paris into the market of the multi-brand department stores in North America. I got the opportunity to participate in the design of two collections in which I brought a new and fresh image that was focus to appeal to the public they were marketed for. During this time, I travelled frequently to China in order to do the fabric selection, trims and relay instructions; so we could come up with an accurate design. When my time and experience came to an end in Lucy Paris, they were selling to department stores such as Bloomingdales, Dillards, Lord&Taylor, Nordstrom and Revolve. I felt as if my mission was very much accomplished, so I decided to move on.

On the other hand, while I was working for Lucy Paris I was also completing my studies in Fashion Design and Fashion Technology in the LATC (2012-2014). In June of 2014 I presented my final project/collection named “Sensibility for Colors.” This collection allow me to collect several awards which gratefully translated into job opportunities. A month before my actual graduation, and due to the attention my collection received, I started working as a fashion designer for Kanye West on his line YEEZY. This has being a very exciting time and a great project to work for, full of creativity and enthusiasm. My main function at YEEZY is to create new concepts, and develop new designs. Working for this company I have the privilege and opportunity to team up with some of the most well regarded professionals in the fashion industry. These include designers such as Demma Gvisalia, Virgil Abloh, Sasu Kaupi, Allistair Carr, the photographer Jackie Nickerson, or conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft. The collections Yeezy season 1 was presented in NYFW February 2014. Yeezy season 2 in NYFW September 2014, and Yeezy season 3 in NYFW February 2015. These three collections were published on every mayor trade journal and fashion magazines in the world.


Specialties

KNIT WEAR
Athleisure wear

Experience

WEST BRANDS. KANYE WEST. YEEZY.

WOMEN FASHION DESIGNER

Los Angeles, CA ·

LUCY PARIS

WOMEN FASHION DESIGNER

Los Angeles, CA ·

D-MONDAINE RESULT WEAR

INTERSHIP DESIGNER

Los Angeles, CA ·

BRENNA WHITAKER AND HER LITTER BIG BAND

DESIGNER AND STYLIST

Los Angeles, CA · 2011 – 2012

Awards

2014 SYMPOSIA ABSOLUTE CATEGORY, LOS ANGELES TRADE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
2014 GOLD THIMBLE WOMEN SPORT WEAR, LOS ANGELES TRADE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
2014 GOLDTHIMBLE EVENING GOWN, LOS ANGELES TRADE TECHNICAL COLLEGE