Local Designer—Clothing

2015 Winner: Michael De Paulo

One look at designer Michael De Paulo’s sumptuous gowns and recently added ready-to-wear line, and it’s not hard to believe that the talented designer was originally trained as an architect. With a flair for sculptural constructions and rich materials like silk, organza and lace, the winsome designer is a go-to for glitterati in Boston and beyond—his gowns have been worn on red carpets at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Tony Awards. And in February, he made his New York Fashion Week debut with a 16-piece “Black Tie” collection, full of custom prints, elegant embroidery and menswear touches on ultra-feminine silhouettes.

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