American fashion designer David Meisteris known for his sophisticated evening gowns and beautiful dresses. His stunning creations have been worn down Hollywood’s red carpet by Diane Lane, Sharon Stone, Tina Fey and Sigourney Weaver.
We featured one of Meister’s spectacular teal gowns in our July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine, and were thrilled when Town Center’s Saks Fifth Avenue invited us to sit down with the gregarious, blond designer to chat about his design process, love of television and the newest addition to his family.
“Right now we are working on our next May and June deliveries,” Meister said. “In February we show fall, which will be in stores next July, August and September, so we are working on that also. You’re always juggling two seasons ahead of you and finalizing the season behind you.”
Meister first began creating evening wear in 1998. In 2000, he debuted his daytime dress collection, followed by a signature line (exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman) and David Meister Bridal. Meister currently shows 11 lines a year, almost one a month, and is always working ahead.
“I love the whole creative process,” he said. “I love to sketch, but what I may design may turn out as something totally different. When you put it on a model and begin fitting it, a lot of times it turns into something else....I think design is a very organic process. You have to follow it where it’s going. It’s always morphing and changing.”
Meister said he is extremely involved on both the business and creative ends of his company, which can be difficult at times.
“I think struggling to get everything done and exactly how you want it, when you are working under a time frame [is the biggest challenge],” he said. “Sometimes things aren’t how you wanted it exactly. You learn what you can fudge, or get away with, and what really has to be 100 percent perfect.”
“Our business has been doing phenomenally well,” he said. “We had a phenomenal year, so I think we are going to continue to grow.”
In addition to seeing his latest collection inside of Saks Fifth Avenue, you may also catch a glimpse of Meister inside of your own home...on TV. The designer is a familiar face on popular shows like “E! News”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “Real Housewives of NY” and “How Do I Look?”
“I love television because I have a big mouth and I’m opinionated,” Meister said with a laugh. “When [filming] television you go, you show up, you do it and you’re done...For me, it is fun. It’s relaxing. It’s one of the easiest things in the world.”
In our interview, it was clear that Meister loves all aspects of his life.
“I get to do what I love and I have the most amazing partner-- we’ve been together 18 years,” Meister said. “I have the cutest puppy in the world. Things are pretty damn good.”
The cutest puppy in the world is a one-year-old mix named Petey. “[My partner, Alan Siegel, and I] always talked about getting a dog,” he said. “ We’d joke, ‘One day when we’re old.’ Well, he decided I needed a dog, that I needed a project. On the third night of Hanukkah, a Saturday, I had been out shopping...I came back to the house, and go in, and Alan’s holding this two and half pound fluff ball.”
Meister could not believe his eyes.
“I turned white,” he said. “I literally lost all color. I can’t take care of myself, how am I going to take care of a dog?...But after that first day, I was done. He runs the show now. I love that dog.”
And his name?
“His name is Petey because we had an invisible dog for 14 years named Petey,” Meister laughed. “He took care of himself. He traveled with us. He was our prefect companion...And there’s a big difference between imaginary and invisible, just remember that. Some people do not get that. Imaginary means I’m going a little loo-loo. Invisible means you just can’t see him, but he’s there. Big difference!”
David Meister’s collection is available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center.