Tfank discovered her love of textiles and tailoring as a design assistant in her native New York City, concurrently honing her skills as a flower designer for the Whitney Museum, the New York Historical Society, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, her love of flowers continuing to inspire her collections. As a well-known stylist featured in Vanity Fair, she worked with renowned photographers Richard Avedon and Bill King, and on highly innovative Japanese TV commercials with luminaries such as Ray Charles and Harrison Ford.
Barbara Tfank launched her eponymous label in 2001, forging new opulence with a line of beautiful brocade cocktail coats and colorful, classically-shaped dresses. Pairing flattering silhouettes with luxuriant fabrics and fine hand-tailored craftsmanship, she has made herself a notable force in fashion. Tfank's work exudes imagination, creativity, and sophistication. Cut individually and sewn by custom-trained seamstresses, her clothes are the antithesis of mass-manufactured product, her taste and meticulous attention to detail giving each piece artistic appeal. Her clients admire her craftsmanship and consistent fit, while the allure her luxurious textiles attracts the true connoisseur. André Leon Tally said, "Barbara Tfank's collections are conceived like American Couture in incredible fabrics".