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Northshore April 2016

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110 | APRIL 2016 BY MARY GRAUERHOLZ Local designer Darby Scott brings high fashion to our region. North Shore Haute Couture photographs by Lea St. Germain in-depth FACES When Darby Scott was a preteen in Harvard, Massachusetts, she bought a Vogue pattern and, with a little guidance from her mother, sewed a finely detailed sportswear-style dress, in a batiste floral print, with a beautifully draped hood and full raglan sleeves, its bodice falling gracefully into a bias-cut skirt cinched by a wide Obi sash. "I think it was my passion for couture clothing I saw on the run- ways of Europe; the clothing I saw in stores near me seemed rather mundane," Scott says, reminisc- ing about those early days, when she was sewing with an ability far beyond her years. Scott's love of design and color continued to grow, and by college, she was paying her friends with hand-sewn dresses to type her term papers. Today, Scott still spins her fashion magic, swathes of fine fabric and thread floating through her fingers as she tailors a silk suit, creates a new topper coat, or chooses the right stitching for an opal-studded hand- bag. Now, though, her work is done not on the floor of her parents' dining room but in a light-filled studio in an 1850s textile mill in North Andover. A combination workspace and photography studio, Darby Scott, Inc., is filled with clothing samples in-depth SHOP Darby Scott works in her North Andover studio.

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