Meet the DesignersBehind Fantasy Luxe
Fantasy Luxe is a collection of costumes and outfits curated by founder Katie Kansas. Not only does Fantasy Luxe sell its own branded items, but also a variety of styles and products from professional designers in the costume industry. All of the designers presented on our site have been chosen due to their backgrounds in costume design and their ability to provide unique additions to the current collection of products.
Fantasy Luxe was born out of the desire to make all women feel they can do anything and be anyone they want to be! These self-branded pieces are one-of-a-kind hand made with love. Our in house designers hand craft each item so no two are the same. Very small runs will are made of each item as we only use the materials available to us at that very moment inspiration was conceived. The materials are gathered around the world , the inspiration travels with us home where the magic of each item comes to life in our Miami studio. Make history with us and help us write the biography of Fantasy Luxe!
Katie Kansas started creating costumes and producing entertainment while attending university in Colorado. Self-taught in costume design, she chose to relocate to NYC and gain professional experience. She landed internships with Zac Posen, Project Runway designers, and professional pattern makers in hopes of adding value to her craft.
Combining this technical knowledge with personal awareness of how costumes need to function during performances makes her products top-notch. Katie’s costumes can be seen around the world on performers and festival-goers alike. In 2011, she was offered the position as the Entertainment Director for Ultra Music Festival and went on to create the Ultra Angels brand. The Ultra Angels are one of the first branded group of dancers in the industry to travel the world and have a significant fan base. You can see her costumes and production streaming to millions world wide each year on UMFtv.
“Pivotally influenced at an early age (5, to be precise) by Ken Russell’s ground-shaking film adaptation of The Who’s Tommy, costume designer Carmela Lane knew her calling from almost the very start. Intrigued by fashion even in pre-school (her father was a shoe designer) Carmela, from Tommy onwards, switched her allegiance from footwear to Rock & Roll. “The music became my biggest inspiration,” Carmela notes, “the energy, the lyrics, the daring.”
Carmela currently designs elaborate, custom-made costumes for exclusive parties and corporate events in New York and Ultra Music Festival in Miami since 2013. She dresses dancers, models, and A-list celebrities. The inspirations she drew from the movies and music are abundantly on view in her darkly inventive “Bohemian Vagabond” and “circus fem-bot” themes. Sequins, baubled headgear, LED helmets, and sheer outrageousness have become Carmela Lane signatures. The New York Times, New York Post, and Vice have written about her work.
Now a Creative Director for The TAO Group as well as the founder of 26 Stars, Carmela extends her reach into the realms of theatre and film. She has designed costumes for Cynthia von Buhler’s experimental off-Broadway piece Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic.”
Stephanie Scull graduated from the University of Delaware, where she received her BA in Apparel Design with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising. Through her years of training, she was able to hone skills in Fashion Design, Costume Design, Jewelry Making, Fashion Illustration, Pattern Making, Fabric Development, Fashion Forecasting and Sewing/Production. Through the University of Delaware, Stephanie was selected to spend a semester abroad where she studied Couture Fashion at the Paris American Academy in Paris, France. While studying in Paris, Stephanie was also given the opportunity to intern for various designers during Paris Fashion Week; some of which include: Ellie Saab, Yumi Katsura, Damir Doma, and Alexis Mabille.
Outside of school, Stephanie was offered a position as a Costume Designer for the Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company, where she designed, constructed, and embellished numerous costumes. She was also asked to showcase her senior collection during Philly Fashion Week.
Currently, Stephanie Scull is working as a freelance Costume Designer for various entertainment companies and choreographers. She is also a freelance stylist for personal clients ranging from choreographers to photographers to models.
Kaite Estaba is an NYC-based costume designer and performing artist, producing costume and character design for festivals, clubs, and other events under the alias of her company, Team Kitty Koalition. She graduated from University of Southern California with a double BA in Creative Writing and Fine Art, then continued to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for her AAS in Fashion Design.
Despite her degrees, Kaite is mostly self-taught in both pattern making and draping of stretch materials and has found her niche in creative pattern making. Her design aesthetic is sexy with a dark, edgy twist, defying expected ways to cover the female form. She designs for the fearless: those willing to take risks for the thrill of fantasy.