Hi, Alice here! My greatest source of joy is the natural world, which is why I feel so strongly that anything I make must respect it. While my hand-painted designs are inspired by the seasons, my production process is just the opposite – providing conscious consumers with lifelong pieces that transcend fast fashion. In fact, my very first ballet skirt is now 15 years old and looks no different from the day I sewed it. I make purposefully small batches to ensure zero waste, ship to you via carbon-neutral courier and use recyclable packaging that includes an protective organic cotton tote bag.
Art and sustainable design collide in my new capsule collection, featuring dancer Patricia Zhou.
Painted under April's sky, with my head in the clouds; feet on the ground.
My latest illustrated collection comprises of ballet skirts, bodysuits and silk scarves - Useful and versatile pieces for the dance studio, the ocean and everywhere in-between. Pieces created for escapism, inspired by the wonders of the natural world and created in an environmentally considerate manner.
The legacy of movement through perspiration...
The ancient Romans valued individuals who were ‘worth their salt’ they considered a sweat allowance a salary of an individual's hard efforts.
‘Perspire’ highlights the beautiful crystalline structures of the personal sweat allowance of ballerina Cira. The organic facets of encrusted crystal are fused within the fabrics that they have grown from. Evidence of dance, of excursion and power, of lost water but lasting salt.
You may notice that I have introduced another size for the bodysuits! This is an exciting continuation of development for the bodysuit line.
Consciously keeping collections small and simple and growth at a strong and sustainable pace allows me to focus on the individuality and longevity of each design and ensures that I never over-produce or create something unwanted; an industry problem that's having dire effects on the environment in terms of waste.
'I first saw a DBA rainbow skirt on a dancer I admire and I was hooked. It was so different from any dance wear I'd seen before, more like an extension of the art that dance is than just something comfortable to move in - although it's that too!'
‘I had been eyeing these leotards since I saw the photos of them, and growing up in a family of swimmers, my love for all things aquatic runs deep. When I found out that they’re made from 78% recycled plastic bottles I was completely sold. It’s flattering and breathable for dancing and I can’t wait to go for a swim in it too!
'I adore DBA skirts. Each one I own is a piece of art to treasure, not only for the exquisite designs, but also for the thoughtful and loving way they are ethically produced. They are so special that they’ll stay with me all through my dancing years and then be passed on as heirlooms to my daughter.'