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Authentic, vulnerable, and never one to
shy away from a tough lesson, Fotini shows
us how she found her way in fashion―and
made a dream come to life.

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About the Book

About the Book

What’s it like to leave a corporate career and pursue a dream in fashion design? How do you break into the insular world of high fashion? How does a designer face her struggles when navigating the intimidating New York fashion scene?

Alterations in Life - Finding My Way in Fashion

Author Fotini Copeland learned the answers to these questions one stitch and scrap at a time. Alterations in Life is the inspiring memoir of a designer who broke into the fashion industry, experienced its highs and lows, and grew into a leader best suited to serve her niche: women who are aspiring and influential, like her.

Few memoirs show what it’s really like to make success in the most glamorous industry of them all. Fotini’s behind-the-folding-screen look at running a design house takes readers from the old-world ateliers of northern Italy to New York, today’s epicenter of luxury fashion design.


On her journey to the top, Fotini shares the senses and thoughts of both an experienced businessperson and a designer-in-progress. Her obsessions and ambitions. Her inspirations and doubts. Fashion week, catwalks, trunk shows, and laugh-out-loud scenes featuring Amy Poehler and Betsey Johnson―Fotini tells all.

Authentic, vulnerable, and never one to shy away from a tough lesson, Fotini shows us how she found her way in fashion―and made a dream come to life.



“Fotini wears her hardships and challenges well. With beauty and grace, she brings an authenticity to her work that I immediately recognized could stand alongside the best designers I have worked for.”


production lead, four decades producing luxury fashion in New York City for Zac Posen, JMendel, Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, and Christian Siriano

“I’m thrilled to be getting to wear [FOTINI] tonight … and leaving a trail.”


“Positive, thoughtful and loaded with style—this is how I’d describe Fotini as a person and it’s exactly why people are naturally drawn to her. She exists from a place of authenticity in everything she does while managing to look effortlessly fabulous in every situation. Alterations in Life is a treat and an inspiration!”


founder and CEO, Brandstyle Communications

“As a luxury retailer for thirty-plus years, I have worked with many talented creative directors and designers throughout my career. As I reflect back, Fotini has always been an influencer and champion for women through fashion. Her exquisite designs and feminine aesthetic were brought to life in Houston with her passion for personal branding. She has an innate ability to connect with the customer with her very real and relevant approach to fashion. Fotini is smart, talented, inspiring, and a lovely friend.”


owner of Elizabeth Anthony Boutique in Houston, Texas

“Working with Fotini was a joy due simply to her honesty and humbleness, yet at the same time mixed with her ambition and drive to get to where she wanted to go. I remember, of course, the fears and concerns—especially in the beginning—which illustrate her humbleness but also her strength, drive, and ambition not to give up. She wanted something that, at the time, seemed so far away, but Fotini was always honest about what she did and didn’t want, and she is strong in a world that—whether we see it or not—is often controlled by men.”


president, Cantini International

“From the moment I slip into a FOTINI dress, I feel empowered and effortlessly chic, reminding me to stride into the room standing tall and feeling confident as I feel my best self. I am a believer!”


attorney, mother, philanthropist

About Fotini

About Fotini

Fotini Copeland
In 2007, Greek-born author Fotini Copeland left behind a successful corporate career to spend three years traveling Italy and studying the construction of corsetry―her design passion―in the ateliers of luxury fashion.

In 2010, she founded FOTINI, her New York-based fashion design house, with her luxury ready-to-wear dresses at the forefront. Her collections reflected femininity and strength through a realistic and wearable approach to fashion―a woman designing for women. Today, Fotini applies her expertise in design and lifestyle to help aspiring women tell their stories through their personal brand. As a personal brand enhancement consultant, her focus is on matters relating to fashion, demeanor, design, and expression capability―to inspire women to be the best version of themselves.

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