Camilla Olson is my new hero! The former microbiologist launched her fashion design career in 2010 at the age of 57, after completing her MFA in fashion and textile from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
With $200,000 of her savings, she launched Camilla Olson LLC in Palo Alto, California. She premiered her first collection as part of Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York City in 2010.
Her sophisticated and classic designs feature natural and luxurious fabrics. She often incorporates silk layers and an innovative, environmentally friendly proprietary printing technique, called “iron transfer” to create one-of-a-kind looks.
Her designs target modern women who need to take their clothing from day to night, including baby boomers. Her design career received a major boost when she dressed Betsy Franco, mother of James Franco, for the 2011 Oscars.
Her Spring 2013 collection, is inspired by historical and contemporary music. Influences range from the design and details of an instrument, to sheet music and even speakers. Actress Tanna Frederick is the face of her 2013 collection.
Her success thus far has earned her an award as a distinguished alumna from the University of Maryland. She also received honorable mention as “Best Second Act Reinvention” from digital publisher SecondAct.com.
This goes to show you that it’s never too late to launch a new career.
Images for Camilla Olson LLC provided by RacerMediaInc.
Ossie took my photo!