David Meister cultivated the art of designing with stretch fabrics while working at Danskin, the fitness and bodywear company, his first job out of college. He was born and raised in Ohio, where he studied fashion design at The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. He grew up heavily influenced by style-conscious TV shows of the late 60s and early 70s. In his first job at Danskin, Meister found himself infatuated with stretch fabrication, and grew fascinated with the way stretch materials can flatter the curves of the feminine form, yet still embody high fashion.
This fascination remains a focal point in his designs today. CakeStyle loves Meister’s flattering, fashion-forward line of beautiful, well-constructed cocktail dresses, day dresses, and evening gowns.
Meister believes in giving back to the community; he serves as an ambassador for Dress for Success and was recently honored by Susan G. Komen for his commitment to raising awareness to breast cancer. Meister is a regular on news and entertainment TV programs, including appearances on Access Hollywood, the Today Show, and The Insider. Meister and his partner, film producer Alan Siegel, currently live in Los Angeles.
David Meister’s designs are characterized by a juxtaposition of materials and textures (leather and mesh, shimmer and matte), flattering ruching and draping, and asymmetrical shapes and features to create tasteful interest.
Ruched Knit Dress
A simple silhouette with a ruched side detail is given a playful twist in a pink-patterned knit. A flattering cut for all figures, it transitions easily from a day at the office to a night on the town.
The illusion dress is perfect for fall with its sheer three-quarter length sleeves and bateau neckline. With its flattering stretch satin, David Meister-standard ruching, and the slip of skin revealed at the applique-detailed shoulder, this LBD is a masterful work of elegance.
Own the board room and the bar in this cap-sleeved ponte dress with flattering, eye-catching sunburst pleating radiating from the side waist. Accent this brilliant red dress with a gold cuff bracelet and leather ankle boots to keep it fun, or with traditional black pumps and a blazer for the office.
Soft yet structured, this stretch ponte dress adds edge and appeal with a subtle grayscale leopard print. The neutral coloring, bateau neckline, and three-quarter length sleeves offer an opportunity to showcase statement baubles, or tone it down with black tights and pumps.
Check out Meister’s interview about Emmy fashion with Kelly Zink from CelebTV.com where he reveals why Pippa Middleton is his dream client.
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