By Karina Solis
It’s been quite a homecoming for one local fashion designer.
Following his professional debut at New York Fashion Week, Pedram Pasha Taheri returned home to prepare for yet another runway show. This time, he was in his own backyard as one of the featured designers at Fashion Week New Orleans.
“It makes you realize you must be doing something right,” he said, reflecting on his busy start to the year.
Pedram Couture made its local debut at the New Orleans Board of Trade last month, where the models walked to the sounds of a live jazz accompanist. A total of 25 garments were showcased – all couture styles – including a wedding dress as the ending look.
Pedram said he’d been working on his 2014 collection since the summer of 2013. Pedram, who’s lived in Baton Rouge for 19 years, has a background in interior design. His interest in fashion initially took him to Los Angeles, where he spent eight months custom designing for male athletes and celebrities. When he returned to Louisiana, Pedram said he already knew what direction he wanted to take.
For the past year and a half, Pedram has been busy designing his couture line of gowns, dresses and rompers. He said he is inspired by a woman’s natural curves and bringing out a “sophisticated, sexy, one-of-a-kind” look.
“I really like to make women look their best,” he said.
Pedram Couture also graced the pages and cover of Amelie G magazine’s winter release earlier this year.
Though he spends most of his time working in New Orleans, Pedram said he’s looking to be more active in the Baton Rouge area. He plans on donating a custom garment to the Baton Rouge Best Dressed Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society as part of his community outreach in the Capital City.
As for Pedram’s future plans, he said he’s been contacted by various fashion week organizations from around the country including Houston and The Hamptons. An invitation to do a show in Paris this fall is also a possibility, but for now, he plans to take the slower summer months to fully consider the options.
“One day at a time,” he smiled.