Karen Fleisch has been designing and
styling her world since she was a little girl.
Wanting to soak up as much as possible, she managed a
bridal shoppe & did promotional modeling while going
to school at Traphagen School of Fashion. After a
semester at The Paris Fashion Institute, Karen got an
assist designing job at a moderate dress house in NYC’s
It was a brief run however, as a few years later, in
1986, she met Robi Diana and within 6 months created a
line of dark romantic rock n roll clothing that went on
to change the look of Alternative
Fashion from that
time forward. Originally called “Accomplice”, they
needed to change the name 10 years into “Accomplice”,
and later “Arkivestry” became known for dressing well
known & cutting edge musicians, performers &
amazing people of the night.
Under the Arkivestry license and as a freelance designer
on her own, Karen has designed creative pattern designs
for the iconic company Simplicity Patterns. Simplicity
also hired her to style the photo shoots for their
catalog as well as creating the sets in order to see the
vision of her sketches come to life.
Through the years, Karen has designed and styled for various production
companies to create independent films, webisodes, videos
As well as designing wardrobe for these projects, Karen
also keeps herself inspired by playing tambourine,
shakers & vocals in the NYC based band Gusher as
well as doing other guest performances.
Theater & Film
© 2019 Karen Fleisch Designs