Worn by a multitude of celebrity brides, the name Monique Lhuillier is synonymous with bridal luxury. Monique Lhuillier has risen from relative anonymity in the fashion world to become not only a bridal power house, but a frequent designer seen on actresses appearing on the the red carpet at events like the Emmys and Oscars, and on political figures like Michelle Obama.
Lhuillier, who stated in her high school year book she wanted to be a designer, began her career in fashion while studying at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Later, while searching for a wedding gown for herself, the Filipina designer realized how difficult it could be to find a finely fashioned, couture bridal gown.
In 1996 the Monique Lhuillier label was formed with her husband, fusing her interest in special occasion and bridal wear with her natural attraction to high fashion couture gowns. She often states that she wished to be a pampered bride, but is now quite content to pamper them herself!
Lhuillier’s signature wedding designs feature flattering shapes with a healthy dose of red carpet glamour and style yet remain well suited for the wedding aisle. For many, a Monique Lhuillier is a fantasy gown replete with all the feminine touches like delicate lace, corsets and intricate embroidery – details which show up often collection after collection.
Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses are undeniably feminine, and draw inspiration from experiences in her life and in those around her, like her children, nature and her travels.
All production and design for her dresses are done in Los Angeles, and the designer prides herself on the fine workmanship and care taken when producing a gown. Luxury is found in typical bridal fabrics like organza, tulle and silk, but uniqueness is woven in by the occasional use of furs, Venetian lace and jacquard knits. Subtle yet detailed beading, complex pleating and origami-style folds add interest, and demonstrate the thoughtful handiwork of the seamstresses and designer herself.
The bride who wears timeless gown by Monique Lhuillier is most likely a sophisticated, if slightly romantic, woman who prefers understated opulence and modern luxury. The gowns would be equally at home at weddings in glamorous estate and mansion venues as well as classic church, country club and even garden settings.