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Raoul B.

The Art of the Dress Making...

The Art of the Dress Making...

$30/hour

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he recalls being raised mostly by his mother and paternal grandmother. On a visit to his great grandmother’s house in the country, he could only watch as she sewed on a foot pedal-powered machine. He was impressed by her ability to construct garments for herself and others without relying on patterns.

While his great grandmother was visiting church one day, Raoul, home alone, collected several fabric scraps and began sewing his first stitches. When she...

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he recalls being raised mostly by his mother and paternal grandmother. On a visit to his great grandmother’s house in the country, he could only watch as she sewed on a foot pedal-powered machine. He was impressed by her ability to construct garments for herself and others without relying on patterns.

While his great grandmother was visiting church one day, Raoul, home alone, collected several fabric scraps and began sewing his first stitches. When she returned, his great grandmother noticed her sewing machine needle was broken and questioned the young Raoul. While he was reluctant to respond, she leaned over to him and said, “Okay, I am going to teach you to sew, but don’t tell your father.”

Aside from learning the art stitching, Raoul built a foundation in classical visual design. As early as age seven, he began to sketch designs in the back of his notebooks during class. After early years of self-study, he attended the Luchetti Art School where he trained in painting and drawing during his high school years.

Upon finishing high school Raoul enrolled in Elia Rocha’s school to learn pattern-making, draping and sewing. Under her guidance he graduated as a professor of pattern-making, focused on a step once skipped by his great grandmother. He also began to build a following of private customers.

Raoul was introduced to Carlota Alfaro, the designer who taught Raoul the principle techniques of haute couture. Then came Raoul’s first major success. His design, worn by Mrs. Rose Perez, was entered into Elizabeth Arden’s “Cup of Elegance” competition. Their entry won. Raoul was invigorated for greater challenges, so he moved to New York in the early 1980s.

In New York City he started working as a freelancer for designers Julio Espada, Stephen Sprouse and Adrienne Landau. Jean Rosenberg, vice president and buyer for Henri Bendel who recognized Raoul’s excellence, became Raoul’s first major sale and later sold his designs to stores such as Lillie Rubin, Peggy Peters, Betty Ba


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Carlota Alfaro Institute
Graduate Coursework
Elia Rocha's Institute
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Fashion designer for the better to couture market. Construction of first through production apparel patterns. Knowledge of all sewing methods and all sewing machines and equipment. Learn how to make your basic blocks with just a few personal or sized measurements. In this course, you will learn to develop your basic slope (pattern) and will execute the transformation into the many designs. How a basic slope plus 5 guide points will equal a new desire model. Learn how to measure, draft, cut, and sew.

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Raoul B.

$30/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Raoul

Response time: 10 hours