“I have a responsibility to the woman of today – to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.” ‐ Carolina Herrera
Establishing a globally recognized style, Carolina Herrera has resided at the helm of her eponymous label for over three decades proving with each new season that effortless elegance paired with modern refinement is always relevant. With the encouragement and endorsement of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera presented her first collection of women’s ready‐to‐wear at New York’s Metropolitan Club in 1981. The collection was hauled as a success and embraced by luxury retailers and fashion press alike. From there, her fashion house was born with the Carolina Herrera New York label!
Opening her New York‐based atelier shortly after the inaugural show and cultivating a team trained in haute couture craftsmanship, Carolina Herrera aligned her name synonymously with the city and all things luxury. With wedding gowns often included in her ready‐to‐wear runway shows, Carolina Herrera introduced her bridal collection in 1987. From the start, the bridal collection evokes the same style vocabulary innate in the ready‐to‐wear collection. Carolina Herrera has become the destination for brides in search of femininity, a touch of romance and exceptional craftsmanship known to the atelier. Since the collection’s inception, Carolina Herrera has outfitted renowned brides such as Caroline Kennedy.
With both global recognition and praise, Carolina Herrera has been hailed as “Fashion’s First Lady.” She was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear “Designer of the Year” in 2004 and honored with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Acting as a mentor, critic and inspiration to graduating design students throughout her career, Carolina Herrera received the honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012. In addition, she was awarded the 2012 Fashion Group International Superstar Award. In 2013, she was presented with the “Nat King Cole Award” for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund. The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute awarded Carolina Herrera with their 2014 Artistry of Fashion honor for her exquisite sense of style and her commitment to design excellence. Most recently, the designer received the 2015 “Who’s On Next Fashion Icon Award,” which was presented by past honoree and close friend Mario Testino and celebrates Carolina Herrera’s contribution to young designers and immense influence in the fashion industry.
Established in 1991, Mira Zwillinger’s approach is a celebration of elegance, timeless glamour and supreme craftsmanship. Feted in her home country in 2006, she was nominated Designer of the Year and, with a loyal following in the United States, Mira Zwillinger’s couture bridal wear is available the UK, the US and in Australia. Using the finest fabrics and materials sourced from Milan and Paris, combined with a meticulous attention to detail, Mira creates eye-catching couture collections without any compromise, each with their own story. Of particular interest is her delicate use of the finest hand embroidery and ornate beading from Italy. Luxurious fabrics abound, including lace, chiffon, taffeta, silk crepe and brocade all within a subtle color palette.
In recent years Mira’s daughter, Lihi, has joined the business and together they design the collections. Lihi, who comes from a street wear background, adds a new chic freshness to the gowns. As you travel through their website, you will see that Mira and Lihi are proud to offer you stunning bridal dresses, glamorous evening dresses, exquisite cocktail wear, classically styled suits & jackets and an exquisite custom- made leather collection. Every one of Mira’s designs is meticulously handmade in house by her team of ten experienced skilled seamstresses and craftsman. They are expertly cut from an individually crafted pattern and are sewn with love.
At the young age of twenty-four Peter Langner left his home in Hanover Germany to attend school in Paris at the world renowned Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale to follow his passion to become a great couturier.
Completing his studies with distinction, he went directly to work and learn from the masters at the famous design houses of Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, Guy LaRoche and Christian Lacroix.
In 1991, Peter Langner opened his own workroom in Rome, drawn there by the architectural beauty of the city.
With the movement of fashion, Peter opened a showroom in Milan and by 2015 he had moved his headquarters and workroom to Milan as well.
Peter has assembled an amazing staff of artisans who have the rare capability to turn into reality Peter’s designs using their master skills.
Every dress designed, sewn and beaded in the Peter Langner workroom in Milan uses the most precious fabrics from Italy and France as well as the finest crystals.
Daily each cutter, seamstress and embroider are asked to stretch their skills to push forward into a new dimension of fabric manipulation or even creating their own sequins; a continuous search for something new but never relinquishing the goal of perfection and the highest quality.
For more then 20 years, the name Peter Langner has been synonymous with excellence, imagination, and refinement.
The true essence of elegance molded into Peter Langner’s wedding gowns create their own trends but do not negate the importance of what is considered classic. A Peter Langner wedding gown is timelessly beautiful.
Peter Langner gowns offer a perfect fit. Custom adjustments are always available.
The Peter Langner workroom allows the capability to create custom gowns, which gives an individual bride the chance to add her own personal ideas in collaboration between the client and the designer.
Sabrina Dahan’s passion for bridal is apparent in her soft touch embroidered masterpieces that display immaculate technique, fit and attention to detail. Inspired to launch a couture bridal line by her own love story and engagement, Dahan’s expert technique and keen eye comes from top notch schooling at Otis College of Art and Design and from her hands on experience in the bridal industry for several years. Dahan has been the light and talent behind successes for top couture projects and design houses, including the likes of Monique Lhuillier. Her dedication to hard work and white glove customer service was taught by her parents, who introduced Dahan to the world of retail and fashion at a young age. In pouring effortless luxury into each garment, Dahan draws upon inspiration from her sun-soaked southern California upbringing and Parisian summers with loved ones. As her collections come to life, Dahan's unique originality shines through embodying a sense of romance that will resonate with each bride embarking on her own love story.
For Carlos Ramirez, founder of Liancarlo and native son of Miami, design is more than pouring heart and soul into his creations – it’s in his DNA. “I take great care and pride in what I do,” he says. “It’s part of who I am.”
But, Carlos’s path to a life as a nationally renowned bridal and womenswear designer wasn’t direct, nor was it easy. With hazy dreams of becoming an architect, he attended law school, at the behest of his well-intentioned, Cuban immigrant mother. His future as a successful lawyer seemed inevitable – a full scholarship, mentions on the dean’s list – but Carlos couldn’t shake his insatiable need to create.
So, he did what he advises others to do: “Follow the thread that means something to you.” Instead of interning at a law firm, he successfully sold a few sample dresses made in his mother’s sewing studio. It was then design became more than a job; it became his life.
Perhaps that path is what makes Carlos immune to complacency and reluctant to chase fast-fading trends. “My whole theory behind bridal is timelessness,” he says. “I design for people, not for show.”
A Liancarlo dress is stunning proof that classic does not mean boring. From metallic threadwork to blossom-dotted bodices inspired by his paintings, every piece shows that Carlos is equal parts designer and artist. “My whole approach to art is how I approach fashion,” he says. “I give myself the ability to play and experiment.”
Overseeing every aspect of the gown’s orchestration with his in-house team of seamstresses, Carlos brings his art to life. From concept sketch to muslin mock-up to finished piece, not only do his gowns show his commitment to making beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, but also his devotion to making his clients feel inherently gorgeous.
“You want her to look special, but there’s also that level of transformation that becomes costume. It’s a fine line to walk,” he says. “I want people to remember how beautiful the bride was, not what a beautiful dress the bride wore”
Ultimately, Carlos says his designs are “what I am and who I am.” And, that is what a Liancarlo dress becomes as well – part of you.
Ines Di Santo’s designs capture the essence of sophisticated glamour. Using techniques that are often found only in Couture design, Ines plays to the feminine side of a woman’s beauty in both her bridal and evening collections. Raised in Buenos Aires with parents that inspired and supported her interest in the arts, Ines studied both fine art and design in Argentina and Milan. The signature, rich touch seen in each collection reflects the designer’s Italian and Spanish heritage. In 2015, the brand debuted its Ready-to-Wear evening collection at Bergdorf Goodman, following the urges of the brand’s extensive private clientele and many years of acclaim from bridal retailers and editors alike. Ines Di Santo designs are favored by discerning retailers, brides and celebrity red carpet events around the world. Leading an ever-expanding, international business, Ines and her family reside in Canada. While maintaining an office in the United States, the company’s headquarters, atelier and flagship salon are located in Toronto.
Ulla-Maija was founded over a decade ago. The brand has been built as a couture bridal house. The hallmark of the house is luxury in all aspects of manufacture and design. Today, Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija may be the only couture bridal business remaining in the United States. Certainly there remain designers and dressmakers that offer individual client service, but as an international business, Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija may now stand alone.
Couture make and approach to servicing the client is at Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija's foundation. It simply can not, nor could it choose to, do anything else. Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija will always make to the measurements of its clients and marry its design sensibility to them.
As with many businesses, an individual whose given name was Ulla-Maija founded this couture bridal business. For the second half of the company's history, she has not been active in the business. The business is the expression and effort of many individuals wholeheartedly committed to the founding premise of couture luxury. For the majority of Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija Couture's business life it has been, and remains, under the direction of Charles W. Bunstine II.
Mr. Bunstine has spent his lifetime directing, developing and contributing to some of the fashion industry's most notable companies.
Anna Maier and her husband were master tailors. Anna came to the United States in 1871. Her roots are found in the Alsace and Lorraine provinces of eastern France. Her creative spirit has endured more than a century and is now expressed in the collections of Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija Couture. Anna is at the root of Mr. Bunstine's apparel and design lineage, she was his great grandmother.