Monique Lhuillier Bridal, Ultimate in Elegance
About Monique Lhuillier
Born in Cebu City Philippines, Monique Lhuillier is one of the most acclaimed American Bridal designers based out of Los Angeles, California. Today, the Monique Lhuillier bridal company is regarded as one of the leading fashion houses in terms of quality innovations and design. Her brand has evolved to be synonymous with unsurpassed glamour, allure and femininity, and is known to capture the essence of sophisticated luxury.
Lhuillier (pronounced LOO-lee-ay) debuted at the Fashion Week with her ready to wear line in 2003, and has garnered an impressive roster of clients including Tyra Banks, Jennifer Simpson, Angelina Jolie and even a wedding dress for Britney Spears. At the age of 15, Monique Lhuillier enrolled in a boarding school (Chateau Mont-Choisi) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and later pursued fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in New York City.
After graduating from the school of fashion design, Monique Lhuillier took up a job with esteemed sportswear maker Melivier, but left soon after as it did not satisfy her creative calling. Monique Lhuillier married Tom Bugbee in 1996, which is the same year she introduced her bridal collection. It all started when Lhuillier was shopping for her own wedding dress and was rather appalled at the excess of lace in most designs, junked up bodices and long sleeves.
After searching frantically, Monique Lhuillier did find the perfect wedding dress, but decides to design the 25 or so dresses for her entourage herself. Owing to the surge of appeal in Monique’s bridal designs, her husband quit his full time job as a retail consultant at Deloitte & Touche and decided to help Lhuillier with her business. Within a few years, Lhuillier introduced her evening wear collections that was an instant hit and attracted some of the most prestigious retailers in the country including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
With wedding dresses retailing between $1500 and $10,000, today the Monique Lhuillier bridal fashion house grosses over $20 million per year, which includes Monique Lhuillier Waterford – a lineup of giftware, stemware and China. The bridal slice of her business is however Lhuillier’s core focus who sometimes even helps brides find the perfect wedding dress. Lhuillier recommends trying on a ton of silhouettes and taking less number of people along when bridal shopping as too many opinions simply confuse the issue.
Monique Lhuillier Bridal Range
Today, Monique Lhuillier bridal collections are available in over 140 stores worldwide and in three flagship stores in Beverley Hills, Minneapolis and most recently New York City. Her bridal collection dubbed Bliss exemplifies classical feminism and modernism and caters to a broader group of women. To add to this, the Monique Lhuillier Bridal Bliss collection is appointed with distinct characteristics of her signature style including delicate embellishments, impeccable fabrication in organza and silk satin, fine laces and hand tufting.
Monique Lhuillier bridal and red carper designs have been adorned by some of the most prestigious names in Hollywood including Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Perry and Hilary Swank. The most notable highlight of her career would have to be Britney Spear’s stunning strapless wedding gown complete with pearl embellishments (buttons), woven with platinum thread and finished with a train covered in crystals. The way Lhuillier tells the story, she wasn’t made aware of Spear’s wedding date, and only knew of the wedding when she was contacted by the pops stars representatives during Fashion Week asking her to not only craft a wedding gown on short notice, but also dresses for her entire entourage.
Monique Lhuillier Awards and Recognition
Monique Lhuillier’s biggest accolade would have to be the Presidential Medal of Merit awarded by then Pilipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoin a simple ceremony at the Malacañang Reception Hall. Furthermore Lhuillier is the only designer of Pilipino decent to have received the 2003 Avant Garde Bridal Designer award, 2001 Glamorous Bridal Designer Award and the Designer of the Year award by the international Dresses Magazine and Bridal Industry in 2003. In that same year, Lhuillier became one of the latest members of the prestigious CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America. Regarded as an A-List designer, Monique Lhuillier has been featured in several leading publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine.
Monique Lhuillier Store
Monique Lhuillier has made a ton of money designing for brides, and today goes beyond the sating bridal gowns and Chantilly lace. Located in Upper East Side Manhattan, and just of Madison Avenue, Lhuillier’s 2 storey flagship store occupies a 19th century townhouse, and is an alluring showcase not just for the signature tabletop and bridal collections, but the furniture and artwork that grace the interiors. Unlike other stores on this ilk, Lhuillier encourages photography of her merchandise, and although you are free to inspect the wares, an appointment must be made to try on a wedding dress.
If you’re looking for a wedding dress, the Monique Lhuillier bridal collection is definitely worth exploring. Although priced on the steep side but worth every penny, you can also source authentic Monique Lhuillier bridal dresses at bargain prices at preowned wedding dress sites.