About Christina Gorman
In 2007 I met and began working for Meryl Diamond, a businesswoman who had owned her private-label firm (MDL) for decades. In the role of Design Director, I built and led a dynamic team of designers in reviving and increasing the business, which focused on elegant, but sharply priced fashion.
Customer response was incredible, and what was once a stable, successful business became home to a thriving stable of brands with unprecedented growth, more than tripling in volume.
It was truly satisfying work. However, I had, after traveling the world extensively, cultivated an appreciation for beautiful fabrics, ultra-chic silhouettes, and couture finishings. Longing to use this inspiration in my designs, and with support from MDL, I launched a high-end, eponymous label.
The launch of CHRISTINA GORMAN FOR MDNY represented an upscale vision for today’s modern woman. The look is distinctive, chic, and most importantly – wearable for women of all ages. A love of exquisite details, luxurious textiles, and thoughtful styling is evident throughout.
Although the collections were well received, (and a joy to create), my demanding role as design director for MDL’s private label business left little time for work on my namesake line. And without sales support, growth of the business was going to be impossible.
As I was coming to this realization, I was tapped by Elie Tahari to energize and build the company’s diffusion line, T by Elie Tahari. It was an honor to be offered a position with this elegant, highly regarded brand, successful in the industry for over 40 years. When Mr. Tahari himself contacted me to encourage my acceptance, I could not refuse.
I am inspired daily by Mr. Tahari and my colleagues at this amazing fashion house, but at the same time a bit sad to put my own collection on hiatus for a time. I look forward to a future re-launch while I put my energies into this new endeavor.
I cannot express enough gratitude to everyone, including MDL and the many friends there who gave support and encouragement while I worked so tirelessly on my collection. Special thanks to my dear friend and “right hand”, Katy Bagli, who helped with every step. To enter an exclusive boutique and see my clothing hanging there among established designer brands was the thrill of a lifetime! Still, I am hopeful that one day my designs will be hanging there again.