Monique Lhuillier pronounced (lee-yool-lee-yay), is one of the hottest names in the bridal gown industry. Lhuillier is a Filipino fashion designer based in Los Angeles, known for their finely detailed gowns. Some their signature details are re-embroidered lace, and their impeccable approach to using alternative colors than white such as mushroom, latte, off whites, ivory and blush which complement more women than severe whites.Monique and husband Tom Bugbee met at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and it wasn’t long after that when they launched their first bridal collection in ’96. Business started booming after their own wedding sparked the interest of those people interested in the avenue of couture. In 2005, Monique designed a gown Britney Spears’s wedding to Kevin Federline which hit newspapers and tabloids alike. Since then, Lhuillier has designed gowns for celebrities such as the Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, singer and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, German model Christine Baumgartner who married Kevin Costner, Al Gores daughter;Sarah Gore, E News Host Giuliana DePandi who married Bill Rancic, Actress Allison Munn, Teri Hatcher, Shanna Moakler (Miss New York and later crowned Miss Universe, and Singer Heidi Montag.
Monique Lhuillier’s awards for her work in bridal wear include the 2001 Glamorous Bridal Designer Award, the 2002 Avant Garde Bridal Designer Award, and the 2003 Designer of the Year Award. Lhuillier’s gowns have been famously shown on red carpet events and have been worn by Angie Harmon, Ginnifer Goodwin , Hilary Swank , Maggie Grace, Alexis Bledel, Emma Roberts, Debra Messing, Sophia Bush, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Lucy Liu, Eva Mendes, Taylor Swift, Carey Mulligan and Hilary Swank
It seems as though the large ball room skirts with romantic layers of tulle, organza and gatherings have made their return season after season. At first it began with ruffles, and then tulle and organza shaped skirts surfaced.
Carrie Underwood was the latest celebrity to be wearing a Monique Lhuillier wedding gown with a heavy skirted ornate ball gown. Carrie Underwood married NHL hockey player Mike Fischer, and walked down the isle wearing a chantilly lace and silk organza Lhuillier gown. She also doted a 40 carat diamond tiara, a gift from her husband Mike.
Drop waist gowns have been extremely popular over the last several years. While straight gowns are perfect for showcasing a woman’s physique, mermaid gowns or drop waisted gowns can also fulfill that desire to have the big ball room gown effect as well.
Monique Lhullier’s Twilight gown, Sunday Rose, Eugenie, and Vivienne are all similar to Carrie’s wedding gown with minor differences.
When Former President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea got married she wore a strapless, raw-edged laser cut swirling silk organza wedding gown custom made by Vera Wang. The ball skirt and train featured an over sized skirt with silk tulle diagonally draped across the bodice accented by an embellished belt. Today we see red carpet ball gowns accented by diamond encrusted belts. Take for example Mylie Cyrus’s Zuhair Murad gown which featured a band with a decorative jeweled clip. Chelsea’s dress also featured an embellished belt which accented her small waist.