It’s always nice to put a face to a name, or in this case to put names and faces to a brand!
Editor-in-chief and head fashion designer of burda style magazine, Dagmar has overall responsibility for the whole process: from the first sketches to final printed magazine. Dagmar attends the fabric fairs and fashion shows to look for trends, then back in her Munich office, she collects the ideas and outlines the main looks for the season ahead.
Dagmar’s output is prolific – each issue of the magazine has four regular-size topics, a plus-size topic and one for kids. So, in each season she produces 24 collections for sizes 34–42, and six plus-size collections – which adds up to an impressive 600 pieces a year!
Once the designs are finalized and the fabrics selected, everything is sent off for sewing in Offenburg, then the garments are returned to the editors in Munich for styling and photography for the magazine.
Dagmar took up sewing as a teenager and sewed her first tailored suit before turning 20! After studying fashion design at design school, Dagmar got a job as an assistant on a fashion magazine, before swiftly rising through the ranks to editor and finally fashion director. But when she became editor of burda style, was able to combine all her passions.
Former fashion magazine editor Denise Wild, has been a sewing star since the age of 13. While working at FLARE, Canada’s top fashion publication, in 2004, Denise began teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment. From those humble beginnings, the classes into The Sewing Studio, now North America’s leading sewing school with locations in Toronto and New York City.
In January 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com, now one of the world’s top online sewing destinations with a focus on fashion and style.
Denise has worked as an editor for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI, and has written for Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice. She has appeared on television on The Shopping Channel, Steven and Chris, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, Breakfast Television, CityLine, Daytime, NBC Mobile News, and Fairchild Television.
In 2013, Denise joined the Burda team as content director, developing the Canadian and US markets for Burda and BurdaStyle. Read Denise’s Desk blog on Burdastyle.com
Fashion editor, spandex enthusiast, fashion designer and educator, Meg Healy is the Online Editor and eCommerce Manager for BurdaStyle.com where she manages sewing content and inspires users to create DIY projects through style posts, studio projects, and her edgy fashion mash ups.
Originally from London Ontario, Canada, Meg moved to New York to further her fashion education and experience but has now relocated to Toronto to work with Denise. She has a fashion design degree and also runs her own label Megin’s Leggins – specializing in designing and sewing crazy bright spandex gear.
Mandie joined the BurdaStyle team in 2013 from the Interweave Knits team, where she started as an intern and soon became assistant editor for two magazines. On the magazines, Mandie effortlessly blended ready-to-wear style with superb technical patterns, something that she now brings to BurdaStyle.
Describing herself as a “novice sewer but a veteran fashion hound,” she likes classics with a twist. Favourite designers include Dior and Madewell for their timeless silhouettes, but she prefers bright colours and interesting patterns. Sweatheart necklines, pleats and high-waisted trousers all get her going. She love all things chambray and pink, and when it comes to cowboy boots, “the higher the heel, the closer to god.”
Cyn is a fashion addict who is utterly immersed in the craft community. As well as managing BurdaStyleUK, Cyn also oversees all the marketing for high-profile craft brands including Stitch Craft Create, and I Love Cross Stitch
Inspired to start dressmaking by The Great British Sewing Bee, Cyn is thrilled to be leading the launch of BurdaStyleUK, to inspire the next generation of fashion “sewists” (a term she far prefers to sewers) of which she is one – so feels an instant affinity with the BurdaStyle audience.
Her favourite fashion designer is Sara Arai and she dreams of one day owning one of her pieces, but in the mean time is content to admire the “beautiful fabrics and awesome tailoring.”
Ame is a editor with over a decade of experience in publishing craft content and was recently named as one of the industry’s Rising Stars by The Bookseller magazine. Ame has a grand pedigree in craft and has been involved in the industry literally since birth, as daughter of the acclaimed needlework designer Jo Verso.
Ame has been sewing since childhood and counts her vintage thread carousel among her most treasured possessions. Her favourite fashion designer is Nicole Farhi.