Barr, a Wisconsin native, began her career in fashion as a hair and make-up artist. After graduating from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, Barr was offered a job in New York where she remained for three years. Although working at top salons, garnering a celebrity clientele, and working on editorial shoots, Barr yearned to design a more complete vision. She moved to London to study fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s college of Art and Design. After a year, Barr returned to the States to complete her studies at Parson’s School of Design, which she followed up with an internship at Alexander Wang and a job as a design assistant at Cushnie Et Ochs before establishing her own label.
Erin Barr’s debut Spring 2012 collection is titled “An American Tomboy in Paris” and explores the dichotomy between minimalist dressing with the spirit and detailing of classic western clothing in a way that is both innovative and fresh yet romantically reflective. The collection sets out to showcase a woman’s mystery and sex appeal but also highlights her strength and confidence. Barr also sets out to redefine the Luxury goods market with a collection that utilizes the most luxurious fabrications, but aren’t overpriced beyond reach. Spring 2012 was shown in presentation form during New York Fashion Week and is represented by MAO Public Relations.