As a young child in Soviet Russia Ella Pritsker began a life long love of fashion design by creating doll clothes for her handmade paper dolls.
She advanced to clothing for herself made from scraps she could cobble together.
By the time she went to school, she updated her fashions with a piece of lace here or an elegant inlay there…
At the age of 21 while in Austria and Italy waiting to emigrate to the U.S., destiny would have it that she met three “old world” European dressmakers and was exposed to the exciting world of high fashion.
Each taught her a piece of the fine art of hand stitched custom couture.
In the states, she began her couture business and gained a following with her ELLA MODA line, being named Baltimore’s Best Custom Clothing Designer by BALTIMORE Magazine in 2002.
In 2009 Ella decided to share her skills with others and has created the Maryland Center of Fashion Design.
The Center’s goal is to preserve the fine art of custom couture and give others with a lifelong love of fashion a chance to learn the fine sewing techniques she has learned to create wonderful fashions for themselves or others, and eventually to make their living doing something they love.
In 2010 Ella co-founded the Baltimore Fashion Alliance to provide professionals in the fashion industry superior education, networking and resources as well as giving back to the community through charitable programs and contributions.
In 2011 Ella joined the Advisory Board of the Fashion Design program at Stevenson University.
An internship program with City Neighbors Charter High School was also established in the beginning of 2011 in an effort to provide students with an opportunity to get a closer look at the fashion industry, and hands on experience.
In 2012 Certificate of recognition was presented to Ella Pritsker on behalf of citizens of Baltimore in recognition of her passion for fashion and the arts. Her dedication to helping others express their individual creativity through fashion make you most deserving of this commendation.
“Wherefore, I have signed and issued this certificate in appreciation of your support for local designers and in recognition of all that you do to help improve and grow Baltimore’s fashion community. Congratulations!”
Presented 12 day of October, 2012
Signed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
I have really grown a lot as a seamstress while attending classes at the Maryland Center of Fashion Design. All of the classes are very hands-on with guidance from the instructor throughout the course. While I used to struggle with creating well-fitting garments from commercial sewing patterns, after taking the Patternmaking and Pattern Design class, I can now design garments that fit my measurements perfectly. Mrs. Pritsker broke everything down and made it very easy to understand the basic principles of drafting and altering patterns. I also learned several new professional techniques in the Beginner Couturier 1 class that have made all the difference in the final outcome of my sewing projects. The instructor Tori gave very clear, precise directions every step of the way and showed us a variety of techniques that can be applied to almost any sewing project. The garments I make now not only fit well, but look more store bought than homemade. Even complete strangers have complimented me on how they look.
“Ella knows that every curve and contour of the body must be carefully attended to. Each garment she creates tells an exclusive story about the one who graces it. Her ensembles seem to foretell the glamour of a special moment to come. As her client, I am assured that every request will result in a timeless piece, made with the finest fabrics and Ella’s obvious passion for excellence. Ella Designs successfully caters to all genders and generations, bringing ideas to life while capturing unique personalities. I am thoroughly enjoying my tailored journey with Ella, and plan to experience her talented services for many years to come.”
Cassandra C. Harley
First Lady of Healthy Choice Ministries International
Being at MACA has reinforced my love for dressmaking and my desire to be good at it. I’m thrilled for the experience under Ella’s tutelage to gain the skills and confidence I need to create professional success and personal satisfaction for myself.Tori
I belong to a sewing lounge owned by Blondell Howard (Baltimore, MD). Through her, I connected with Ella Pritsker. Ella is an expert in couture sewing. Awesome instructor and so willing to share her gift. I had the opportunity to take her beginning couture class and I learned so much!!! If you love to sew, please check… out her website.Portia S
I recently completed Ella’s BC1 class where we learned how to take measurements, draft three skirt patterns, make muslins and sew a pencil skirt for class. This class reignited my passion for sewing, helping me to hone my skills and take me to the next level. My main interest for coming to the class was to learn how to make my own pattern for a garment that would fit perfectly. I succeeded and am thrilled with my new skirt. I also learned additional skills for making a garment with a more couture finish.Helen
I learned more in the year I spent under Ella’s (the founder) instruction than I could have ever hoped for. She gave me the tools I needed to move ahead with my career and the confidence that comes with a good education. I cannot say enough about how powerful the experience was for me.Michelle Murphy