Friday, May 5, 2017


I studied and practice my profession within the borders of the European standard sizes 36, 38, 40. As I only do “one of a kind” pieces, I go with an instant feeling that decides which size the new garment will have. I like to create in-between sizes and in few occasions I go outside my limits and design a size 34 or 42. I am a keen and analytical learner, I take my time to learn, to improve and to develop my working skills and in the past 12 years I constantly focused on this process. Creating standard sizes that are not in my usual range (such as baby, curvy, petite or pregnancy) requires new abilities and investments. When I met my model Kirsten Mackay, I knew that it was about time to try to develop a new range of designs dedicated to women with curves. She is so beautiful, inspiring and natural! To my astonishment, I found out that she has it very difficult to find feminine, stylish and body caressing dresses and I then realized that we (dressmakers and fashion designers) learn at school on relatively small sizes, mostly EU 36 and 38. And, unfortunately, the mass media, advertising agencies, department stores etc. promote these “basic” looks.

Retro size” is Kirsten’s notion to my new range, a definition that symbolizes femininity, glamour and understated vanity.

Rosie is my first collection from the "retro size" line and I feel that the result gives me the confidence to continue to create for ladies that love their curves and every millimeter of their physical and spiritual body.

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Rosie” – Collection Photoshoot / Behind The Scenes

I started designing Rosie last summer, and although I was overloaded with different projects and work trips, I kept my focus and invested as much love and resources as possible to obtain the result that I am proud of today. When I met my muse & model Kirsten she was the right person at the right time and without her support and amazing attitude, this project would have been accomplished years later but not now.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


I got to know Hanna Maria Schatovich last year, soon after she opened her style and beauty coaching business. She has a tremendous work load, to manage her contracts, but still has the energy to organize side projects and events, such as various business interviews or the seasonal Fashiontalk.

One of my first photoshoots in 2017 was organized by Hanna at my showroom, everything was a delight. I am in love with the result! She is a master at connecting creative minds and it was an honour to work with such talents!

Credits Photography: Jin S. Scheidel
Model: Hanna Maria Schatovich 
Hair & Make-up: Karina Kirecci 

Friday, February 24, 2017

ZOË Wearing My Designs At Vienna State Opera Ball


Stunning and talented Austrian singer-songwriter ZOË wore a silver and cream brocade couture gown & matching headpiece, yesterday at the annual Vienna Opera Ball.

It was such a pleasure to work with ZOË and her stylist, Jasmina Straub, both are very professional - and absolutely lovely!

We are very happy about all the compliments and positive feedback ZOË received on her outfit and the coverage online, on TV and in the press!

Video: http://tvthek.orf.at/profile/Opernball-2017/13886830/Opernball-2017-Das-Fest/13904738/Nathan-Trent-und-Zo-Straub/13990479


Monday, January 23, 2017

Blossomday - dresses by Marianne Kohlmaier-Ecker, Innsbruck

I'm opening the New Year's posts journey with a bouquet of young designs and pastel colours arriving from the charming mountain city, Innsbruck. Blossomday is a little, fine brand of bridesmaids (and not only) dresses dedicated to those that are looking for a European hand-made garment with a reasonable price tag.