Welcome to our website! I invite you to come in and click around.  The one thing you will notice is that we are not an online store where you make a purchase and something is pulled from the inventory and shipped to you. Everything you see here is made to order and shipped when completed.  Of course this means you may have a little wait; however you ALSO have a few options in almost anything shown.  I've had an over 40 year career as a fashion designer, and the one thing I know is that we like "options."  So I let my customers get in on the creative process to better suit their personal styling needs.  

The second thing you will find is that almost everything we do is attached to a cause we are passionate about or provides the opportunity for others to raise money for causes they are passionate about.  Because we no longer sell our products through brick and mortar retailers, we market largely through through our customers who share our products with others. We want to reward their sharing with the opportunity to make their purchases make a difference. We believe in the power of the purse and the pocket!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you  find something you'd like for us to make for you!

Marva G. Ballard   


Signature Leather Collection


Marva Ballard has been designing unique leather wearable art garments and home accessories since 1982 under the label M.G. Ballard Designs. Each piece is individually made to order, giving the customer options in color. 

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Essential Elements Collection


Garments in the Essential Elements Collection of knit apparel are individually cut and constructed. Because they are made-to-order, customers have choices with several of the style features in many of the garments. Additionally, garments in the collection are ordered by Fit Number rather than size. 

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Signature Scarves


Scarves add a pop of pizzazz to any outfit! Want to add a point of interest to a simple black dress, toss on a scarf and own the look! Or, toss one over a power suit to enhance your personal statement. Because you don't have to worry about size, they make perfect gifts for many occasions. 

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Custom Designed Evening, Special Occasion and Bridal Gowns

For over 40 years Marva Ballard has been designing exquisite evening and bridal gowns for truly discerning clients all across the country.  Clients typically request her for gowns when they want to look and feel fabulous for memorable occasions.

The service requires an initial appointment which can be made in person or face-to-face via technology. A conversation with the client is the first step in creating something wonderful for her.   Designing the gown, sourcing for the perfect fabrics and embellishments, and conducting fittings are part of the process that includes drafting a pattern from the client's personal measurements.  We have working relationships with other professionals that enable us to work with clients who live at a distance from our studio.   

Because of the time involved, it is best to allow at least two months to have  a gown custom made. Bridal gowns must be given a minimum three-month lead time.  

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About Marva G. Ballard


Artist, Designer & Educator

Marva started sewing at the age of five but started drawing at the age of three and has always considered herself an artist first. She studied art at the University of Akron; however, she credits most of her training in the arts to the Akron Public School system.


“I was very fortunate to grow up during a time and in a place where public schools valued arts education and amply budgeted for it. There was hardly an art medium I didn’t have a chance to explore. I was extremely shy and awkward and as a young girl. However, my abilities in art defined and validated me. 

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