About Rachelle Briton...
Rachelle Briton is a former freelance stylist for MTV Networks who moved home to Austin in 2009 to start her signature label Rachelle Briton Design. Art and creativity have always been a part of Briton's inherent nature, but she refined her craft at Baylor University where she earned a bachelor's degree in fashion design. During college she studied fashion in Italy and France which has played an influential role in various pieces of her collection.
Named as a Designer Favorite by from nbcdfw.com, Rachelle has also taken home the Girly Award by Dallas Fashion Calendar and Style Geek, as well as Austin Fashion Week Best Mash-up Team Member
and Austin Fashion Week Nominee for Best Designer. You can check out Rachelle Briton on facebook or Twitter.
While Rachelle Briton is known for her signature guitar pick label, her clothing features unique details and clever silhouettes which highlight the various components of a rock star's wife/girlfriend, including lifestyle, cocktail, and evening-wear. Briton's designs transform ideas of femininity, vintage elegance, and rock star glamour into wearable masterpieces and she has something to offer every fashion lover for occasions ranging from a chic Austin party to the Academy Awards.
Rachelle's Battle with Chronic Sclerosing Osteomyelitis
Over the past two and a half years, Rachelle has been forced to put her fashion career on hold. She was diagnosed with Chronic Sclerosing Osteomyelitis (CSO), which is a very rare and delibitating/painful bone infection in her right lower jaw. She has undergone three surgeries in Austin, two at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and one in Miami, Florida. During her last surgery, she was supposed to have a complete lower right jaw resection, which consists of amputating the right lower jaw bone and replacing it with a titanium chain. However, When we arrived for surgery, the doctor believed he could save some of the bone and therefore, only performed a partial resection of the right lower jaw bone.
Since July 2013, her symptoms have slowly returned and she is now scheduled to have a complete jaw resection in February 2014. She will then have to wait for nearly six months until she can undergo a bone graft of that same area to restore her natural appearance. Following the bone graft, she will begin the process of cosmetic surgeries in order to address the scars associated with the last two surgeries. During that same time frame, she will have dental implants placed into the grafted bone to replace the teeth along the lower right jaw.
As this has been an extremely difficult time for Rachelle and her family, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.