Kambriel Designer Biography
As Kambriel wrote for the introduction in the premiere collection's printed catalogue in 1994, "Being true to yourself is more of an internal quest, but everthing that is buried deep inside rises to the surface eventually. This is where we come in... the reflection of your inner-self onto your outer-self. Clothing that brings you a little closer to your dreams."
>Called "Queen of couturiers" by author Neil Gaiman, Kambriel's designs were selected by Dr. Valerie Steele for inclusion in a major exhibit at the Museum at FIT in NYC, and she was personally interviewed for the "Gothic: Dark Glamour" book which commemorated this iconic curated collection where Kambriel's designs were displayed alongside those of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and John Paul Gaultier. The Kambriel Midnight Bustle design was used to promote the exhibit opening for Fall Fashion Week in NYC in "Time Out New York" for their "Own This City" highlight, while the Isabella Coatdress ~ also frequently used to promote the exhibit, has appeared in Elle Magazine, and other publications around the world, from Russia to Brazil.
Kambriel was presented the Gothic Beauty "Designer of the Year" award in 2005 & selected as the costume designer for a major Edward Gorey inspired theatrical dance performance for the Boston Celebrity Series which went on to tour in Tokyo, Japan and St, Petersburg, Russia. Her designs have also been used in a stage production of Oscar Wilde's "Salomé" and selected to lend a macabre, yet elegant atmosphere for the Animal Rescue League of Boston's first ever "Moonlight Ball" charity event.
Kambriel's created custom designs for a wide range of clients throughout the years, ranging from comedienne Margaret Cho to grand dame of the punk cabaret Amanda Palmer, along with Information Society, Faith & the Muse, Neil Gaiman (who wore his custom Kambriel designs on the Oscars red carpet while attending for the Academy Award nominated film "Coraline" as well as for his wedding), and many more ~ some of whom have been clients, collaborators, inspirations, and friends for well over a decade.
When friend & fellow independent designer Laura Purdy of The Pale Court died tragically young, Kambriel volunteered to complete all of Laura's unfinished work. She spent an entire year sorting, puzzling together, and finishing them all, then photographed the collection in the UK countryside (a place Laura always longed to go) for a fashion editorial as well as a tribute fashion show in New Orleans to preserve Laura's memory and the legacy of her designs.
Kambriel's theatrical fashion show vignettes have been performed across the country from Salem, Massachusetts (where Kambriel's fashion show was filmed by the Discovery Channel for their Halloween special), to New York City, Tampa, Portland, Seattle, Cambridge, Boston and Chicago.
Kambriel's designs have been described as being "too beautiful for the red carpet, there needs to be some kind of ethereal gold and silver carpet that shifts colors at will!"
Kambriel Fashion Shows
Convergence 2 - Boston, MA
(1998) Danse Macabre 2 - Cambridge, MA
(1999) Out of the Blue - Middle East Club - Cambridge, MA
(2001) Convergence 7 - New York City, NY
(2001) Dark Harvest Festival - Cambridge, MA
(2002) Reverie Anniversary - Cambridge, MA
(2002) Sudbury Newcomers - Weston, MA
(2002) Ceremony "Night of Fashion" - Boston, MA
(1996-2003) Annual Salem Vampire's Ball - Salem, MA - Kambriel's 1996 fashion show was broadcast on "The Discovery Channel".
(2004) Convergence 10 - Chicago, IL
(2005) Black Sun Fest - New Haven, CT
(2007) Phoenix Parade - Portland, OR
(2007) The Moonlight Ball - Boston, MA
(2008) Convergence 14 - Ybor City, FL
(2010) SteamCon II - Seattle, WA
(2011) Salon Noir - Toronto, Ontario
(2012) 19th Century Extravaganza - Brooklyn, NY
photos of our fashion shows here.
Custom jackets created for various event appearances, and personal use.
You can see photos of Neil Gaiman on the Oscars red carpet in our customer gallery.
Original Designs for Bands / Musicians
Faith and the Muse
The Machine in the Garden
The Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer)
Black Tape for a Blue Girl (Lisa Feuer)
Judith (Christopher David)
to see our Faith and the Muse Gallery,
or here for our Customer Gallery.
Various outfits commissioned for on-stage performances, awards galas, and personal use.
You can see photos of Margaret Cho in our customer gallery.
Film and Theatrical Costume Design
"Salome" by Oscar Wilde - Boston
"Hamlet" - Rebel Shakespeare Company
"A Midsummer Nights Dream" - Rebel Shakespeare Company
"Romeo and Juliet" - Rebel Shakespeare Company
"The Corridor" inspired by H.P. Lovecraft - upcoming independent film release
"The Temperamental Wobble" - A full scale dance theatre piece based on the art and humour of Edward Gorey - This work was premiered in Boston, MA and is now a touring work, performing in locales such as Tokyo, Japan.
Click here for a selection of costume photos from the Gorey Production!
Kambriel's work has been featured in these Periodicals and Websites
The New York Times - USA
The Boston Globe - USA
Time Out New York - USA
Fashion Week Daily - USA
Elle.com - USA
New York Social Diary - USA
Gothic Beauty - USA
Dark Realms - USA
Newgrave - USA
Malevola - USA
Tear - USA
Ascension - Italy
Crimson - England
Gothic Magazine - Germany
Blood Stained Tears - Germany
Gothic Grimoire - Germany
The Mercyground - USA
The Sentimentalist - USA
Morbid Outlook - USA
Tattoo Savage - USA
Sheltered Life - USA
The Globe and Mail - Canada
Comatose Rose - Canada
Amongst the Ruins - Canada
For a few samples of articles on Kambriel, please see our press/articles page.