Paris-trained Gail Chovan knows her history of fashion, and she understands the rules so completely that she breaks them magnificently. Her clothes have a startling contrast of extravagance against utter Belgian simplicity. She is a rare breed: a dark angel swathed in distressed Victorian and 1920s couture treasures combined with Yojhi Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester … all in black, of course, which is how her iconic, multiple "Best of Austin"-award-winning store got the name Blackmail. Having dispensed with merchandise from other vendors, Blackmail has transformed itself into Chovan's personal showroom featuring only her designs, and she is the queen of all she surveys.
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