Ella Pritsker

Ella Pritsker

Ella Pritsker is the founder of Maryland Center of Fashion Design.

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.

“That’s when I knew this was what I would do with my life,” she says.

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

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