Born to French, Spanish and Filipino parents, designer Monique Lhuillier was raised in the Philippines. The combination of her mother's glamorous style and the extensive traveling of her family had a great impact on Monique and led to her dream of being a fashion designer. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and upon graduation, took a job at a small French firm. But it was the process of planning her own wedding to future company co-founder Tom Bugabee that cemented her vision of her future firm.
In 1996, she launched her first bridal collection.
What Celebrities Have Worn Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dresses?
The designer's dresses are often seen on the red carpet and in editorial spreads in magazines. But Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses have also been seen on more than a few high-profile stars. Singer Pink wore an ivory and black Monique Lhuillier gown in order to make "(her husband) Corey's heart stop for a second." Emilie de Ravin (of TV's " Lost") wore a lacy long gown at her intimate wedding, and actress Ali Landry also donned Lhuillier at her top-secret Mexican wedding to director Alejandro Monteverde.
Monique Lhuillier designed Christine Baumgartner's wedding dress for her fall 2004 wedding to Kevin Costner shortly after designing both of Britney Spears's wedding dresses in her wedding to Kevin Federline, making a name for herself when she designed (at the time) two high-profile weddings in a row.
Not only did she make Britney's long Italian silk wedding dress, but Britney also chose this designer for the five burgundy silk crepe bridesmaids dresses, her extra-short lace dress post-ceremony, and her mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom dresses.
But Lhuillier has long been a designer to the stars, and has also designed wedding dresses for Natalie Imbruglia, Charlotte Ross, Debbie Matenopoulos, and was chosen by over 300,000 viewers of the "Today Show" as part of their "Today Throws a Destination Wedding" series.
She has also designed Emmy gowns for celebs such as award winners Allison Janney, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Megan Mullally, and Famke Janssen.
What Is a Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Like?
Her designs are quite feminine and marked by exquisite workmanship and luxurious fabrics. Very few have sleeves, and most are A-line with full dramatic skirts. Her dresses tend to have a modern and stylish feel while retaining a traditional romantic sentimentality. To get a glimpse of her most recent runway shows and ad campaigns, visit her website.
How Much Does a Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Cost?
The high quality of her gowns is reflected in her price tags. The bridal line typically runs from $2,000 to $10,000, with eveningwear slightly less expensive.
Where Can I Buy a Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress?
Her wedding dresses are carried at many small boutiques, as well as most Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Check her website for a full list of stores.