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Pnina Tornai | Designer Profile

To many, a Pnina Tornai wedding dress is the ultimate in bridal opulence. Think: attention getter. Think: show stopper. Think: Pnina.

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If the name Pnina Tornai is familiar, it’s most likely because you have caught an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Kleinfeld, the famous New York City bridal boutique that stars in the show and Pnina gowns are synonymous. The destination bridal salon has been the exclusive seller of Pnina Tornai wedding dresses in the United States since 2005, with a special boutique inside the store dedicated solely to Pnina’s gowns. In May 2014, Canadian brides can get a taste of the Israeli designer’s gowns at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay on Toronto’s Queen Street.

The designer, who says she often dreams up her gown creations, has been inspired in the past by her mother and grandmother. She has no sewing experience, instead relying on a team of seamstresses to handmake the patterns and sew the couture level gowns, but she has a true eye for design.

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Pnina has said that she has a hand in every dress that leaves her salon, making sure that as the “gown’s mother” it meets her demanding specifications and those of the bride as well. She’s well known for making dream dresses happen by improving, changing and altering her designs while working directly with the bride to truly make a dream gown come true.

A Pnina Tornai wedding dress is eye-catching, and often unmistakable. The embellishment can only be described as outrageous — in a good way. And that’s coming from someone who used to be a figure skater and is no stranger to bling! Handmade flowers and carefully sewn Swarovskis, beads, and pearls are all over the gowns, glimmering and shimmering from tip to toe.

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Her signature look often involves illusion corsets, and large dramatic skirts. There are some simpler designs in the collection, sheaths and A-lines, but it is the larger than life mermaid shapes and ballgowns that get all the attention. Plunging necklines, open backs and peekaboo paneling are common, adding further sex appeal to what are undeniably feminine dresses. This is where evening wear and the wedding aisle meet! Showstopping layers of tulle, satin, lace and organza adorn the bride, creating an air of opulence that flows right to the tip of the train that never seems to stop.

Brides drawn to Pnina Tornai are strong and confident, with a definite flair for fashion and drama. They are the center of attention in their sexy, daring and decadent wedding dress which is sure to be unforgettable.

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