Ellen Wise Couture is the eponymous label of custom designer and couturier Ellen Wise. From the bucolic setting of her Woodside studio above the San Francisco Bay Area, Ellen brings fresh vision to the timeless art of haute couture. Devoted to bringing to life one-of-a-kind custom garments, Wise has become a godsend for professional women in need of bespoke ensembles that transition seamlessly from day to evening, or exquisite formal gowns for social affairs, galas and weddings. Often termed ‘Slow Fashion’, each piece is handcrafted from the highest quality natural fiber fabrics and is an ageless creation of unmistakable grace and elegance.
This new collection of couture evening wear is inspired by painter Marc Chagall’s seminal work, the ceiling fresco for the Palais Garnier in Paris. As a former concert violinist, Wise was inspired by Chagall’s passion for music, color and light, reflected even in the garb of actors, musicians and the audience for whom art is made. In Chagall’s words:
“I wanted to represent, as in a mirror, a bunch of dreams, the creations of the actors and musicians; to keep in mind the colorful clothes of the audience stirring on the lower level. To sing like a bird, free of any theory and method.”
Hand-rendered and custom-designed in rare and exceptional silks, tulles and laces, each garment reflects and enhances the femininity and confidence of the woman who wears it.