Fashion designer Dalia MacPheeÂ is a woman to be admired. Not only does she design clothing with the average woman in mind, she also is a fierce advocate of social issues and causes around the world.
The Vancouver native was immersed in the fashion industryÂ from a young age. Described as Old Hollywood with a Modern twist, Daliaâ€™s creations have beenÂ donned by several of Hollywoodâ€™s elite and can be found in stores worldwide.
â€śI believe beautiful clothing is to the body what poetry is to paper,” she says. “To me the most poetic article of clothing is the gown. There is something soÂ very magical about it.â€ť
Changing the world â€śOne Gown at a Timeâ€ť, DaliaÂ is actively involvedÂ in causes across the globe and also started a tree planting campaign related to the sales of garmentsÂ from her collection.
Her dream is to help facilitate change and awareness in the world whileÂ creating works of art that will be cherished for years to come.
Here is our interview with her….
Celebzter: How did you get into designing?
Dalia: I sort of fell in to it. Believe it or not, I was on the path toÂ becoming a lawyer. I grew up in Canada and ranked as the top
public speaker and debater in the country. It seemed natural toÂ pursue the legal field. Then when I realized I was too creative and freeÂ spiritedÂ for law, I started pursuing other avenues.
Fashion was always in my blood, and I had a particular affinity toÂ dresses, so it seemed a natural course of action. I get to â€śSpeakâ€ť to a lot ofÂ customers and â€śdebateâ€ť with my suppliers so all was not lost in those priorÂ talents.
Dalia: I think Big, so I have to say, Iâ€™m still waiting for my Big Break!
Iâ€™ve had to work so hard for every inch in this industry, nothingÂ really felt like a big break, but as far as a first break in to the business, IÂ would consider it when I showed my collection at a major trade show . TheÂ reaction was so positive and we opened up several accounts. It gave me theÂ confidence that I had something viable and sparked the momentum.
Dalia: Classy Glam with an edge.
Dalia: Everywhere. Art. Culture. Literature. Nature. Love.
Dalia: I absolutely design for real women. Thatâ€™s one of my main missionsÂ with the line and we are sized 0-20 in everything.
This is the test of any designer, to create clothing that worksÂ with the natural curves of a womanâ€™s body.
Some of our celebrity fans include Serena Williams, NiecyÂ Nash,Â Amber Riley and Plus Size Supermodel Emme .
I canâ€™t tell you how many women this year sent us beautifulÂ pictures in a DALIAÂ MACPHEE Dress.
The majority of these women were over size 12.
Dalia:Â Tuxedo Jackets, Cropped Pants, Bright Belts, Pencil Skirts, andÂ DALIAÂ MACPHEE Dresses!
Celebzter: What 5 words sum you up personally?
Dalia: Passionate, Brave, Tenacious, Comical, and Hungry. VeryÂ Hungry.
Dalia:Â Women like my mom. My mom started and owned the Yofi chain ofÂ stores in Canada. She started it with nothing and built anÂ empire.
She ran her company and her family and never sacrificed either.Â Whenever I consult with her on a business crisis, her first reaction isÂ always, â€śThis is fixableâ€”letâ€™s make some lemonade out of this!â€ť That kindÂ of strength, energyÂ and confidence is inspiring and makes me want to grow as a business owner and as a woman.
Dalia: Well as you know, apparel is a tough industry and you need to beÂ quite stoic and roll with the punches.
I studied MuayÂ Thai ( Ancient Thai Kickboxing) under my friend andÂ trainer legend Paulo Tocha.
One day while he was training me to fight he told me a story of theÂ mango tree and the bamboo tree. The wind came toÂ take both trees down. ItÂ blew its hardest.Â The mango tree stoodÂ fast.Â It would not yield.Â It knew it was strong and sturdy.Â ItÂ would not sway.Â It was too proud.Â It was too sure of itself.Â Â But finally its roots gave way, and it tumbled down. The bamboo tree was wiser.Â It knew it was not asÂ robust as the mango tree.Â And so every time the wind blew, it bent itsÂ head gracefully.Â It made loud protests, but it let the winds have itsÂ way.Â When finally the wind got tired of blowing, the bamboo tree stillÂ stood in all its beauty and grace.
Be humble, be tough, and move like theÂ bamboo tree.