Inside Monique Lhuillier's Design Process

On this, the designer’s 25th anniversary year, she breaks down her process, from sourcing the lace to landing the hand-finished product in the hands of the bride.

Before she started her label in 1996, Monique Lhuillier was just a woman shopping for a wedding gown. Unsatisfied with her options, and armed with a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif., she started designing them herself.

In the 25 years since, her dresses have become known for their timeless, ethereal quality. “I love everything that gives the illusion of long, lean and elegant,” said Ms. Lhuillier, who just released “Monique Lhuillier: Dreaming of Fashion and Glamour,”

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