My name is
Demetra Rowan. My mother honored me with the nickname Duchess when I was born (it was my aunt's name). I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I started
sewing over 40 years ago. I was blessed to design and construct clothing since I could not find clothes that
fit me(tall). My Saturday and Sunday afternoons were spent either at the theater, watching old movies on
TV, or reading classic novels, where I fell in love with the glamorous gowns of Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Sophia Loren,
Audrey Hepburn and so many others. I loved the elegance of the 1940's-1950's and my style reflects that elegance.
I started making jewelry 20 years ago, because I could not find designs that matched my personality or my custom
gowns. GOD blessed me with these wonderful talents and I enjoy sharing them with others by making their vision come to life.
My first evening gown was a re-design for a Ms. Georgia contestant in the early 1980's. I have continued to refine
my skills in construction and design by taking extensive training from industry professionals (patternmakers, sample makers
and stylists). I have also taken jobs in the industry as a sample maker for other designers. I have studied with
a Master Tailor - Mr. James "Gentleman Jim" MacFarland. The knowledge obtained is displayed in my elegant
timeless designs and the detailed construction of my garments/jewelry. I am passing this knowledge on to the next generation
by teaching classes to kids and seniors citizens (some have started a business). I look forward to working with you
on your vision.