This deviantART gallery contains a selection of work by American Artist and Designer Leila Marlene.
A self-taught artist and native of New England, Leila Marlene has been conjuring visions from her imagination and conversing with ghosts since early childhood. Her work spans multiple media from fine art and illustration to photography and fashion design. Leila Marlene draws her inspiration from a lifelong interest in the occult, witchcraft, fairytales and supernatural lore. Through her art she endeavours to unlock secrets of unseen worlds, invoking through the creative process evidence of their reality.
Leila Marlene’s designs were originally released In 1996 under the label “Tenebrae” (Latin for 'shadows' or 'darkness') At the time Leila Marlene was working under the pseudonym Mirabai Vayne, a name inspired by Hindu mystic poet Mirabai. The collection featured handmade parasols meticulously reproduced from an 1870’s original with an ornately carved wooden handle, dramatic pagoda shaped canopy and covers sewn in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, PVC and lace. Her designs received much acclaim, particularly overseas where she sold many of her handmade parasols to customers throughout Europe and Scandanavia. Tenebrae was featured in the Goth Bible by Nancy Kilpatrick in 2004.
Leila Marlene founded her second fashion label Phantomlovely® in 2012 to share her vision of fashion as a means to manifest the realms of our imagination into ordinary reality. Her collection draws its inspiration from the secret world we keep hidden inside ourselves, our shadow self, with silhouettes reminiscent of bats, crows and ravens, symbols etched throughout time as dark messengers of the spirit world. By facing the shadow we begin to shine a light into the darkness and invite that which has been hiding to come out. It asks us to bring our secrets out from the corners.
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