Bree Billiter is a Brooklyn-based evening wear designer. Bree was raised on the beaches of Cape Cod, where she began designing at the age of three. A Massart 2014 graduate, she moved to NYC in 2015 to follow her dreams. She designs to allow the wearer to show the world their daydreams outwardly.
Her use of unique materials, striking colors, and intricate detail work transports the wearer right into a world of their daydreams. Each design is one of a kind and stands out in any crowd.
Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Bree to discuss her journey in the fashion industry, and here’s what went down:
How did you get into the fashion industry?
All I have ever wanted to do was make pretty dresses; I have video of myself designing at three years old.
What do you like most about being a designer?
I just love to create and make things never seen before. I like when my pieces light up the whole room because that’s just magic and I love to create pieces that stop traffic and can transport you to another world.
Downside to being a fashion designer?
I am madly in love with fashion, but sadly the community is just as toxic and cutthroat as it is portrayed in films and TV.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?
Seeing my dress in a Disney music video forever will haunt me since designing for Disney has always been my dream.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
My favorite memory is meeting Colleen Atwood right after moving to NYC. She is my idol and the designer I admire most, so that was absolutely surreal.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
Do what you can with what you have, and trust your gut… if it’s too good to be true most of the time, it is. No one will ever fight for your dream as you will.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I would go to school and get a degree in something that pays a lot. I have learned everything about valuing myself and not from school. The biggest struggle is always money, and money opens up so many doors that a degree can’t.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
When I met Bob Mackie he said “work so hard that one day you can pay people to work hard for you.”
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
I just want to create because I love it. I want to create wild pieces, which is what my true love is. Celebrities aren’t wearing many emerging designers right now, so I might as well just create because I love it instead of considering an event or the ability for the celebrity to walk in it.