Donna Leah Designs is the brainchild of Donna Leah and speaks to a desire to be confident and express yourself through what you are wearing.  Her collections are inspired by interesting textures and hues that are strong and powerful. “I feel as if I was born with a love of metallics, shine, and bold colors.  Designing glamorous gowns seemed like the perfect place to start when launching Donna Leah Designs,” she explains.

How does the designer stay inspired and confident? “By wearing gowns that make me feel powerful, giving back, and watching old Hollywood movies,” she explains.

Wearing what makes you feel good about yourself

Getting dressed in what we love is a great way to start the day with a positive vibe and Donna Leah believes that it also gives confidence. “I’ve always felt that eveningwear shouldn’t be just for special occasions. Wearing metallics and clothing that shines gives me energy and makes me feel glamorous. You have to wear confidence from the inside and bring it outward.”

She explains, “Color and shine will always be a standard in my designs. The world is always changing and can often be challenging, so it’s important to know who you are and express how you feel. It’s the basis of being a self-confident person that is able to handle and grow with the future. That’s why I am constantly thinking of new designs and ways of expressing myself.”

Giving back to help others achieve their dreams

Ever since Donna Leah was a small child, she dreamed of one-day designing gowns and owning her own company. In 2018, her dream came true with the launch of Donna Leah Designs.  “Everyone needs to have a dream and be able to achieve it. My dream of becoming a designer has come true and I feel that now is the right time to help others.  I was moved by the amazing work of the Milagro Center and the sense of empowerment they are able to provide to the community. It inspired me to create this line of t-shirts that helps bring awareness to the organization and much-needed funds,” says Donna Leah.

The SuperHero t-shirts will retail for $30 and be available at with 5% of the proceeds going to The Milagro Center.  The organization offers uniquely integrated programs that focus on empowering children and their families to succeed, both in school and in life, having a resounding positive influence on the local community.

Watching glamorous Hollywood movies

Donna Leah says that her love of glamour started at a young age when she would watch old Hollywood movies and be mesmerized by the sophisticated gowns. “Watching these movies inspires me to create my own contemporary vision.  From the moment that I can remember watching my first movie, I became hopelessly inspired by the designs of the actors’ dresses. I love overflowing skirts and the level of detail that went into each creation. I also love how they got dresses up for every occasion, even eating dinner at home!” says the designer.

Trying something new without being afraid

A graduate of New York’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Donna Leah always knew that she wanted to be a designer. But that has not stopped her from dreaming about other ways to express her creativity and vision.  “Expressing your creativity is like a constant stream of ideas that are influenced by art, nature, spirituality, and exposing yourself to trying something new. This year, I am taking my passion for film and will be exploring acting.  By trying something new, and not being afraid, it drives what I can accomplish as a designer.”