Thursday, October 27, 2011

Girl-of-the-Week: Denisio Truitt

Outfit 1: Blouse and suede skirt- Vintage, Shoes- Steve Madden
Outfit 2: Pailette Sweater- Vintage, Shorts- Her own reconstruction from Georgetown leather pants, thigh highs- Nordstrom, Shoes- Nine west
Outfit 3: Top- Thelma's Vanity Vintage reconstruction (, Pheasant feather and Mongolian lamb wool skirt- Designed and created by Denisio with vintage fabric, Shoes- Asos

If you haven't gathered from the photos and outfit descriptions above, Denisio is one hell of a reconstructor.  I met her over the summer at a fashion networking happy hour where she was helping her friend Michaela (owner of Thelma's Vanity Vintage) sell her wears.  The first thing I noticed about Denisio (aside from being absolutely gorgeous) was her stand out vintage-inspired style--- she effortlessly pulls off bold prints and accessories.  When I found out about her masterful sewing, painting skills, and blog, I was girl-smitten.   

A look inside Denisio's home studio

Name: Denisio Truitt
Age: 28 (and proud of it!)
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Occupation/Hobbies: Creative Being (Painting, Writing, Photography, Cooking,
 Vintage Reconstruction)

How would you describe your style and where do you get your inspiration from?

I am a vintage and thrift addict to the core. My mother raised me prowling through Goodwills and local thrift shops, partly out of necessity but mainly for the thrill. I'm a very eclectic being but the base of my style is  a mashup of 70's  ethnocentric prints, colorblocking and bias cut/body conscious silhouettes of the 30’s and 40’s. I have a soft spot for the whimsical.  I love looking and feeling sexy, while still being a lady. I may be overcompensating now for being a bit of a tomboy earlier in my life.  The Leo in me longs to stand out in a crowd and I think I succeed quite a bit with my eccentricities :-) 

Inspirations include Jen Kao, Issey Miyake, Mary Katrantzou’s digital print dresses, Mara Hoffman, Costume designers (I STAN for Colleen Atwood) , Frida Kahlo paintings, Octavia Butler Butler novels, Period films and TV shows....EVERYTHING!!!

What item(s) are in heavy rotation in your closet right now?
Midi skirts and high-waisted silk pajama pants.  I have a green pair of the latter that I've run into the ground!!! Also vintage Etienne Aigner loafers, which, if anyone reading this knows were I can get a brown pair with basket weave and tassles you will become my new bff!

Clockwise from left: 1960's reconstructed dress with gold trim, 40's black crepe reconstructed dress with gold, 1980's reconstructed faux suede dress with African trim

How did you get into reconstructing vintage clothing?

I've been reconstructing clothes since I was allowed to mess with my mothers pinking shears. I came to that realization recently! I was always getting into trouble for "cutting up my clothes". I'd take in the waist of shirts, dresses, everything. My earliest memory of a successful reconstruct was taking up the hem and removing the sleeves of a thrifted dress for my 7th grade dance. 
I guess I love the idea of transformation.  I like being challenged, taking something and changing it to suit my own aesthetic. It's the same high I get from painting, just a different medium. 

Favorite shops/brands?
I loved ASOS (before it got a US site)!!!  They had a salon line that was vintage inspired, handmade pieces. Beautiful stuff. I have a beaded dress from them with yellow and white paillette flowers all over it.
Modcloth once in a while,, La Petite Marmoset :-) Mara Hoffman, Missoni, and of course Ye Olde local Thrift Store.  You can find me prowling in Value Village or Unique Thrift on any given day. 

Favorite DC spots?
Roosevelt Island (best kept not-so-secret), Sax (I tried to convince them to let me live the that restaurant, they weren't having it) , Kushi, P.O.V. at the W hotel. Half of those places are restaurants....clearly that's where my head is at, lol.

If you meant clothing stores, I can't afford vintage in DC!!! 

She stores her paint brushes in a silverware box!

On a typical day, your outfit consists of...
A nipped (or bare if I'm feel frisky) waist, gold jewelry, and heels.  

Most excited to wear this fall:
My vintage fuchsia suede coat with gold hardware.  Seriously, who gave that up??? 

Denisio reconstructing a vintage leather skirt with strip of gold sequin fabric

In five years, in your ideal situation, you are Owning my own vintage reconstruction line,  traveling constantly, and eating fabulously.

What else should we know about you?

I'm crazy, but in like a cool way.  I think.

Anything else you can find on my blog I guess: 

All photos by Denisio Truitt


  1. what a fantastic post, she is beautiful!

  2. Great blog!

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  3. Great post, more info. Gorgeus.

    XOXO from Munich

    La Vie Quotidienne

  4. love this post and also your blog. I follow u!
    pass to my blog and follow me too if it likes you!

  5. Denisio, this is great! I already knew you had talent but to hear it from other people is priceless. Keep doing what you do girl, You rock! me and the kids miss you much!

  6. Love love love this I need to work with her like ASAP!!!!


  7. Really like the this new series on your blog because you select some great folks to be featured. Denisio has some great, great style and talent.

  8. Ahhh! That's my cousin Deni. Came to check out your site and was like woahh! I Saw Lidas Halloween album, all the costumes were perff. Haha, stay fab lady

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