As Kambriel wrote for the introduction
in her premiere collection's printed catalogue in 1994 - one of the
original gothic fashion collections, "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 design
work has been featured in the New York Times (in an Edward Gorey
inspired feature that also included the work of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman
(Coraline), and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket). Kambriel was
personally invited by Dr. Valerie Steele as one of the designers to be
featured in the highly lauded "Gothic: Dark Glamour" fashion exhibit at
the Museum at FIT in NYC, and was personally interviewed by Dr. Steele
for the corresponding "Gothic: Dark Glamour" book which commemorated
this special curated collection where Kambriel's designs were displayed
alongside those of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Jean Paul
Gaultier, and a veritable who's who of icons of the couture world.
Kambriel's designs were also selected to promote the official exhibit
opening for Fall Fashion Week in NYC in Time Out New York's "Own This
City" feature, as well in the official Museum at FIT exhibit brochure,
worldwide editions of the "Gothic: Dark Glamour" book, Elle Magazine,
The Globe & Mail, and other national & international
Kambriel was awarded the AltFashion (UK) "International Designer of the
Year" award, Gothic Beauty's "Designer of the Year" award. Kambriel was
the official costume designer for a major Edward Gorey inspired
theatrical dance performance for the Boston Celebrity Series which went
on to tour on multiple continents overseas. Kambriel's designs have
also been featured in a theatrical production of Oscar Wilde's
"Salomé", and at the Animal Rescue League of Boston's
premiere "Moonlight Ball" charity event.
Kambriel's created custom designs for a wide range of clients
throughout the years, ranging from comedienne Margaret Cho to punk
cabaret chanteuse & author Amanda Palmer, along with
Information Society, Faith & the Muse, Neil Gaiman (who has
been outfitted in his trademark black coats & jackets by
Kambriel for more than a decade, including the original bespoke pieces
Neil wore on the Oscars red carpet while attending for the Academy
Award nominated film "Coraline"), and many others throughout the years.
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 wilds of the Cornish countryside (a place Laura longed to see) for
a fashion editorial as well as organizing 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 show was filmed
by the Discovery Channel), to NYC, NY - Toronto, Ontario - Tampa, FL -
Portland, OR - Seattle, WA - Cambridge & Boston, MA - Chicago,
IL, and more.
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."
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.
photos of Neil Gaiman on the Oscars red carpet in our customer gallery.
Catherynne M. Valente
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,
here for our Customer Gallery.
Various outfits commissioned for on-stage performances, awards galas,
and personal use.
photos of Margaret Cho in our customer gallery.
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
"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.
here for a selection of costume photos from the Gorey Production!
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
Devolution - 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
samples of articles on Kambriel, please see our press/articles page.