You may not be able to coax a geriatric canine into performing new tricks, but old fabrics? That’s a different story. Ursula Dean, the designer behind Modaspia, takes textile-factory overruns from Italy and finesses them into disarmingly simple shapes with impeccable fit. “I personally find this to be the easiest way to dress,” Dean tells Ecouterre.
You can think of Modaspia’s designs as a delivery system for the fabrics themselves, since it’s the personality of the limited-edition offcuts that determine the look of Dean’s pieces, not the other way around.
It’s the personality of the fabrics that determine the look of the pieces, not the other way around.
Despite the handful of patterns—four dresses, two skirts, two blouses, and a wool shell for fall—no two articles look alike, in the same way that fraternal multiples are individuals in their own right. The Fiji dress, for instance, projects subdued sophistication in iridescent green cotton shirting but looks primed for boardwalk frolicking in a rolling black-and-white wave print.
Modaspia—and Modaspia Bambina, its emerging children’s collection—is made to order in California, where Dean resides in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.