Phyllis Productions, with owner/designer Judy Cooper Lyle, began as a production company producing works by beginning performers, and managing The Urban Spectrum Theatre, a multi-cultural inner city theatre company.
In 2008, she began creating wearable, one-of-a-kind, upcycled art under the label Phyllis Designs that have a distinct theatrical flair and costume quality to them. Her designs are carefully, thoughtfully created, in keeping with her early years of hand sewing. Seams are finished, creating a complete and thorough garment.
Phyllis Designs creations are influenced by designer greats Erté and Madame Vionnet, as well as Asian and African clothing styles. The designs are upcycled and original, utilizing silk scarves, end-of-bolt fabric, “found” material, costume jewelry, and vintage pieces. The designer’s goal is to create lovely, unique designs for women.
Judy is a well traveled woman, having been all across the United States and Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and has had the opportunity to visit markets and purchase fabrics from many different areas.. She says “ I’ve been intrigued by exotic fabrics and unique clothing since I was a child. I designed my doll’s clothes, and as a college student at Moorhead State University, and into my adult years, I created many of my own clothes. Designing exotic and unusual costumes for the stage, where I am the artistic director, naturally led me to creating designs for an audience and clientele who appreciate their unique beauty.”