Her unusual name can be translated as ‘the one and only’ from Amharic, the official language spoken in her native Ethiopia, and its meaning may have unwittingly been a sign of things to come. Born into a prominent family whose lineage can be traced back 25 generations, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degre in costume design at the State University of New York and an Associate Degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She lived in Rome, Italy, for a time and it is here, inspired by the thriving fashion scene, the culture and the arts, that she developed a passion for all aspects of haute couture and design.Upon her return to the U.S. she initially designed for a number of international fashion companies before devoting herself to bridal fashion, a field where she saw an opportunity for her talent and vision to make a difference. Her passion and sense of beauty are evident just by looking at her gowns, down to the last detail. But what comes through even more strongly is a philosophy that bears her signature touch on every single gown making the bride who wears one feel like she is ‘the one and only.’




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