Essential Elements

Individually Cut & Sewn 

by Unique Individuals

for Unique Individuals

M.G. Ballard Couture

Custom designed bridal and special occasion gowns


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.  

Secondly, you'll find is that many of the things we do are attached to causes we are passionate about. Because we no longer sell our products through brick and mortar retailers, we market largely through our customers who share our products with others. We want to reward them 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 us to make for you!

Marva G. Ballard   



Signature Leather Collection

Essential Elements Collection

Essential Elements Collection

Marva Ballard has been designing under the label M.G. Ballard Designs since 1982 and is known for her unique leather wearable art garments and home accessories. Over the years, many celebrities and professional women and men have collected her pieces to become statement items in their closets, and to adorn their homes . 


Essential Elements Collection

Essential Elements Collection

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. 


Signature Scarves

Essential Elements Collection

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.