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  • A sleeveless Fashion with Meaning dress with an asymmetrical hem and whimsical pink print, featuring teal handprints. Designed by Layla Messner.
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Layla Messner

SURVIVOR Layla Messner Asymmetrical Dress

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$139.00 CAD
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Fashion with Meaning

"I like my clothes to have meaning. That's why I created this fashion line based on my healing artwork.

This piece is created from my painting, The Survivor, which is a depiction of the trauma healing process." ~ Alchemical Healing Artist and Fashion Designer Láyla Messner

See below for more details on what inspired the design. 


Product Details:

Made in Canada!

Stretch knitted fabric

Smooth silky-feel finish

Scuba Knit (95% Polyester, 5% Spandex)

Machine Washable & Wrinkle-free (great for traveling!)

Sizes XS to XL

Length: 38.25" at the shortest, 44" at the longest 

Please see Size Chart images for sizes

Actual colors may vary slightly, depending on your viewing screen


About the "Survivor" design:

This design is based on my intuitive, healing painting, "Survivor", which is an abstract depiction of the trauma healing process. 

When I think of the word, "Survivor", it sounds scrappy, like a warrior. But in my experience, being a survivor of trauma is a lot more about playfulness than fighting. 

Early in the process of creating his piece, I encountered some frustration thinking the painting wasn’t the way I wanted it to be. I was tempted to paint over the whole thing and start again - but then I realized the paint already on the canvas was part of the process. Healing from trauma and abuse involves a very similar realization: it’s common to feel broken and like something is wrong with us. It can be tempting to try to restore ourselves to an imagined blank state, untouched by our histories. 

Our histories are part of our stories, though.

Healing isn't about fixing ourselves or attempting to restore ourselves to a blank slate of perfection: it's seeing the truth that we are already whole and beautiful, no matter what we've endured. 

By focusing on the details of the painting I liked, and by leaning into play, I completed this whimsical piece, and in it I see reflected three healing facts: nobody is a mistake, our scars are just part of the story, and playfulness is triumph over trauma.

Because only one collector can enjoy the benefits of the original, I wanted to spread the magic, so to speak, by making it more accessible. Now you can literally surround yourself with magickal art, through this piece and the full Fashion with Meaning collection.

Interested in adding the original painting to your collection? Get more details here.



Machine Washable & Wrinkle-free

Fabric great for traveling!

Using the dryer may damage any piece of clothing faster in the long run. However, they are dryer safe, since the fabric is already shrunk and has already been heated to 400 degrees.



When you order a Fashion with Meaning piece, it is made to order in Quebec, Canada. Your designer fashion piece will be delivered to you in approximately 30 days, when shipped to Canada or the US.

Be sure to order early and thank you for your patience, while we make your piece(s) specifically for you.

If you'd like to ship to Europe, please contact me for a custom quote.