Knowing how to sew can come in handy in numerous scenarios, such as patching up a favorite pair of pants or performing an emergency fluffendectomy on teddy bears. Practice suturing skills with today’s Groupon to Ella Bella Rozio’s Institute of Fashion in Coral Gables. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a two-hour sewing workshop (a $90 value).
- For $79, you get a three-week fashion-design series (a $270 value).
Harnessing more than 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, Ella Bella Rozio’s Institute of Fashion’s founder Rocio Sanchez and her daughter Gabriella Tello guide aspiring designers ages 6–18 through an array of couture courses and workshops. During multifaceted three-week design courses, students learn the elements of collection design while developing their own styles, bringing outfit ideas to the page with fashion illustration lessons, and study how Benjamin Franklin’s invention of no-press slacks helped turn the tide at the Battle of Valley Forge during a trip back through fashion history. Alteration demonstrations help aspiring designers customize preexisting wardrobes, and basic machine sewing and hand-embroidery instruction bring garments to life in time for students to debut collections at a final fashion show on Sunday, December 18. Ella Bella Rozio also hosts introductory sewing workshops, which help artisans explore their creativity while learning beading, machine-sewing techniques, hand-sewing methods, and which fabrics make the best invisibility cloaks.
Ella Bella Rozio's Institute of Fashion
A true family business, Ella Bella Rozio's Institute of Fashion combines the talents of founder and 25-year fashion-industry veteran Rocio Sanchez with her daughter Gabriella Tello's fresh take on trends and her son Fernando Tello's marketing savvy. While Fernando handles business matters, the mother-daughter duo helm the school and its workshops, leading fledgling designers through courses in fashion history, window display, and wardrobe planning.
Students find inspiration for their own creations in the custom-made gowns of Rozio Couture. Though the designers focus much of their energy on bridal and red-carpet wear, they also nod to the needs of everyday fashion with creations such as the ella 1 dress, a simple black tube that attaches to swooping skirts, dramatic ruffles, or elegant flotation devices.