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Love Your Work: Five Minutes with Monique Lhuillier

I am inspired by life. Art, travel, architecture are such a huge part of my life and are infused into every garment. - Monique Lhuillier

In 1995, while searching for her own bridal gown, Monique Lhuillier was surprised by the lack of fashionable bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion to create couture bridal gowns that transcended styles available to women in search of the perfect dress. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Monique and ask her a few questions about her latest collection, which is available instore at David Jones - make an appointment at our Bridal Suite today!


What is it about designing bridal gowns that you love the most?

Your wedding day is such a special day, and to have the opportunity to make a bride feel beautiful, confident and glamorous on this momentous occasion is such an honor.

 
Any tips for a bride searching for her perfect dress?

I always tell brides to follow their instinct throughout the wedding dress experience but I encourage them to always keep an open mind in selecting their dress. Many Dresses look one way on a hanger or in a picture, it is important for a bride to try on a few styles to see which she feels the most comfortable and beautiful in.  Also Keep in mind your location and weather when selecting a dress.

Describe your latest collection in two words.

Ethereal daydream.
 
Where do you look for inspiration when designing a new collection?

I am inspired by life. Art, travel, architecture are such a huge part of my life and are infused into every garment.  The creative process can only start from something that visually inspires me. Every season, I push myself in design and try to evolve the collection. I want my bride to feel beautiful, glamorous yet comfortable and confident when she is wearing a piece from my collection.
 
What was your inspiration for your 2015 collection?

For Spring 2015 I was inspired by an ethereal daydream. I had all the models set in a John Singer Sargent portraiture, making the gowns take on a visionary fantasy. All the fabrications and design detailing I used created a dreamy feeling. Clouds of tulle, silk satin organza and signature Chantilly lace infused with delicate embroidery combined with pastel shades of blush, hydrangea, pistachio and mist were an unexpected discovery within the traditional palette of ivory and silk white.
 
What makes your dresses unique? Can you define your unique style?

For me, my bridal gowns must emanate romance and fantasy.  I offer all different types of dresses that make a bride feel glamorous and alluring on her wedding day. She appreciates designs that are very feminine, marked by exquisite workmanship and luxurious fabrications. The Monique bride, though modern and fashion forward, retains a sense of classic romanticism in her clothing. 
 
This season I experimented with color for the more adventurous brides. I also have a line of short dresses in signature laces and jacquards for my brides who feel less is more.
 
What trends will we see in bridal gowns in the coming season?

I am not a big believer in trends when it comes to wedding dresses. I think every bride wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day. The idea of beautiful has evolved and now it is more about incorporating your personal style into your wedding aesthetic. I encourage a bride to opt for an unexpected hue versus the traditional white or ivory when it comes to selecting a wedding dress. This season I experimented with color in my bridal collection using pastel shades of blush, hydrangea, pistachio and mist.  I think it can be quite enchanting for the brides looking for something non-traditional.