Adornment is a fashion label founded in 2015 by Pauline Cappelen as a mission to accentuate personalities and unique style through charismatic vintage fashion. Two years later, Pauline’s and designer Elian Yacoub’s roads crossed.
Elian Yacoub grew up in Damascus, Syria surrounded by an atmosphere filled with Middle eastern couture. Just before the war broke out in 2011, he moved to the fashion mecca Beirut to study at CAMM Academy. He became the apprentice under Lebanese fashion prince George Chakra, while simultaneously managing his own atelier. When the situation in Syria worsened Elian was forced to move to relatives in Sweden. Though he had the professional experience, Elian worked as an intern in various tailor shops in Stockholm for two years, trying to start over in a new culture in a new language.
Pauline Cappelen grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, surrounded by an atmosphere filled with vintage and textiles. With a Bachelor degree in Environmental Economics and a design portfolio, Pauline left for Paris in 2012 to become the studio assistant at Nina Ricci. Working close to the seamstresses in the atelier she became absorbed by the delicate handcraft and the creations that survived lifetimes. When returning home she studied pattern-making before moving to Como, Italy, to work for one of Nina Ricci’s fabric suppliers, learning everything she could about the process of making the fine textures. In October 2015, she gathered her experience and started the journey of Adornment.
Inspired by the vintage legacy, and with sustainability and quality as the mainstay, the team launched their own line in 2017. The Adornment series of design consists of an eclectic mix of prêt-à-porter, evening and bridal couture. The garments are all made of leftover fabrics from well-known Italian fashion houses to ensure sustainable and high-quality creations. Each creation combined with the unique vintage results in personalized looks, which transcends and become iconic for its wearer.