May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
Monique Lhuillier designs capture the essence of sophisticated luxury by provoking femininity, allure and glamour that have made her renowned in the world of design.
Monique's love for fashion is a lifelong passion. Growing up in the Philippines, Monique's first experiences of fashion were with her mother whose own sense of personal style and elegance were major influences for the designer.
Encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming a designer, Monique moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. While studying at FIDM, a natural inclination towards bridal and evening gowns led Monique to her niche. The pure fantasy of special occasions, especially weddings, inspires Monique Lhuillier designs.
While searching for a gown for her wedding in 1995, Monique was surprised by the lack of fashion infused bridal options. This void in the market reignited her passion for bridal gowns and the desire to offer women modern, inspired couture designs. Monique set out to create pieces that transcended the options available to women searching for their dream dress.
In 1996, Monique debuted her first bridal collection to acclaim from retailers and magazine editors.