Creator of Elegant Concert Apparel
English designer Jane Wilson-Marquis was born and raised in England. There she studied dance, taught actors how to move, and choreographed many integrated theater pieces. She began her career as a clothing designer in London, crossing the Atlantic over 20 years ago. After several successful incarnations, Jane now operates a private couturier salon specializing in fashion for the entire bridal party as well custom tailored eveningwear for her distinguished clientele. She recently started a new line, Toppers, designing customized ready-to-wear specializing in jackets and vests.
In 1978 Jane partnered with Cora Hysinger to form Cora & Jane. Soon thereafter they were recognized as Soho ’s hot up and coming design team along with Commes des Garcon and Yoshi Yamamoto. Their specialty was unique hand beaded eveningwear. Cora & Jane’s designs were sold at Barney’s, all Saks Fifth Avenue Stores as well as many other high end retail outlets. Their designs were worn by the likes of Diana Ross,Edie Gorme, and Helen Hunt. Publicity coverage was everywhere from Harper’s Bazaar to Women’s Wear Daily. One of our gowns is part of the Museum of the City of New York’s permanent collection called “100 Years of Weddings “.
Jane’s designs have been featured in film, theater, television and the performing arts. The wedding designs on film can be seen in Sandra Bullock’s Force of Nature, Kate & Leopold starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, The Pallbearer starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Romance & Cigarettes starring Susan Sarandon and Mandy Moore. Jane’s fashions have also been featured on several reality shows on cable and on ABC’s One Life To Live. Jane Wilson-Marquis couture evening wear has graced stages around the world, including New York ’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the United Nations. After many successful years as a private couturier, Jane has now recently started a new line Elegant Concert Apparel