In the beginning of 2004, Lee began his design work alongside fellow artist turned designer Josh Swain. They began their work as more of an art project, bringing the garb in their art to life. Initially this was just for their own use, a natural progression from the years modifying clothes to suit their individual tastes. Shortly after their work began, friends started making requests, then mere acquaintances were offering to buy their custom made pieces.
In the fall of 2004, Lee and Josh showed their first collection at Omaha’s first Goth ball. Thus began DOMINIKAT…
Lee has continued creating custom pieces for clients throughout the region as well as local shows and stage productions. His work now encompasses many genres and styles such as: Goth, Industrial, Lolita, Punk, Steam Punk, Fetish, and even formal attire. Lee also builds custom accessories working mostly with leather; he enjoys making items such as collars and bracelets along with the occasional handbag or purse. Bondage gear is also one of his favorite areas to work in; usually designed and custom made for special clients. The challenge of fulfilling their specific requests is what truly entertains him with this medium. On a more personal note, working with leather is actually a childhood hobby that has stood the test of time and evolved with him. The varied chaos of his mind is where most of the concepts and inspiration come from for his creations; music seems to be his favored muse.
Jessica Wilderotter, since a a young age, has always been drawn to the creative freedom and expression of fashion. She was particularly drawn into the alternative sub culture fashion because of it's romantisism, mystery, and gothic undertones.
Before earning her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in 2008 from The International Academy of Design and Technology, she had successfully performed as a stage manager for 2 annual fashion shows. She contributed designs, orchestrated the model line ups, and was bestowed a "Best Draped Garment Award" for a particularly challenging entry to the event.
Jessica is looking to challenge the "norm" of fashion and offer a creative alternative line of clothing that trancends different genres.
Barry Dunne is an entrepreneur that excels at finding niche markets and bringing them to the forefront. Having developed successful business and marketing plans for rock bands, mixed martial arts schools, and other small businesses, Barry’s interest turned to fashion after meeting Lee Cunningham. Barry is dedicated in making sure that Dominikat Clothing and Design is the leader in quality alternative high fashion / ready to wear clothing.