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10. Vera Wang
Vera Ellen Wang is a former figure skater who is now a fashion designer based in New York. She is popular for her wedding gown collections and haute couture bridesmaid gowns. She started out as a senior fashion editor for Vogue magazine before she joined Ralph Lauren as its design director for a couple of years. She has designed the wedding gowns of celebrities and famous people like Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, Chelsea Clinton, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Hilary Duff, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Holly Hunter, Kate Hudson, Uma Thurman, Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian. Michelle Obama has also been known to wear Wang’s creations. She has even created wedding dresses in black.
9. Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez is a fashion designer from Venezuela. Among the celebrities who have worn Sanchez’s creations are Sandra Bullock and Beyoncé Knowles. Sanchez is known for the fashion forward perspective that always goes beyond expectations. Some recent collections have featured hand painted silk gauze that shows an edgy quality, though it is tender and delicate in its approach. Bold hot pink designs are blunted by soft asymmetrical and ruffled capelets.
8. Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera is a fashion designer with Venezuelan and American citizen-ships. Her stylish designs are notable because of its lack of fuss. She has been known to dress First Ladies all the way from the time of Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Herrera got her training from her grandmother who exposed her to the world of fashion design by taking her to shows and buying her clothes from Balenciaga, Lanvin and Christian Dior. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a gold medal from the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, gold medal for Merit in the Fine Arts from Spain, New York Award of Excellence, Designer of the Year from Womenswear and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Known for her traditional designs, she has recently added color to her wedding gowns, particularly pink and gray hints.
7. Hayley Paige
Hayley Paige used to be a designer for Melissa Sweet. She has recently emerged to design a line of wedding dresses for JLM Couture. Paige provides a fun and fresh look that still maintains keenness and just the right amount of refinement. Chic and stylish combinations of polished silhouettes characterize her unique style. Her playful manipulations have resulted in cute and modern dresses. Paige aims to be quirky but charming and fun but still fabulous. She also introduced the short dress for the wedding march.
6. Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham is a fashion designer from the United Kingdom. She is well known for her wedding gowns and ready to wear clothes. She established her brand in 1988, starting out with bridal gowns and evening wear. She has recently added bridal accessories to her offering. She also has a lingerie line. Some of her clients include celebrities and famous people like Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet and the Duchess of Cambridge. Her creations were also regularly featured in “Sex and the City” through Kim Catrall. Her latest gown was asymmetrical with Swarovski crystals encrusted in different places.
5. Reem Acra
Reem Acra is a fashion designer who comes from Lebanon. She started out in 1997 with an elegant bridal collection. In 2003, she launched her ready to wear line. Her creations are sold in some of the most exclusive retailers in the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols. Some of her clients include royal families from different countries and celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyoncé Knowles and Eva Longoria. Acra is known for her signature ethereal beadwork.
4. Peter Langner
Peter Langner has worked with top fashion houses like Lacroix, Laroche, Dior and Ungaro. He is now based in Rome where he has hooked up with Italian artisans to help cut, sew and embroider his designs. His first store was in Rome before he opened a second one in Madrid. He now has more than 70 stores in three continents. His work has seen him receive honors for the Bridal Couture Award in 2005 in New York and the International Guiseppe Sciacca prize in Italy. Langner is known for his impeccable craftsmanship and refined detailing.
3. Ines di Santo
Ines di Santo was born in Italy and is considered as one of the leading designers of bridal couture. Her creations highlight femininity and are characterized by its exact fit, originality and construction. The gowns are made in Toronto where di Santo has her ateliers. She still personally oversees the production of every gown to ensure the quality of the work.
Pronovias is a fashion company that used to be led by Manuel Mota, who passed away on 8 January 2013 in Barcelona. The company is known to have created dresses for supermodels like Miranda Kerr, Bar Refaeli and Doutzen Kroes, including the wedding dress of the latter in 2010. Wide and cascading trains complemented by subtly tucked pockets characterize its wedding dresses usually.
Marchesa is a brand based in New York that specializes in high-end women’s wear. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig established the company in 2004. Some of its celebrity clients include Penelope Cruz, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Eva Longoria, Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Stewart, Nikki Reed and Sandra Bullock. It is sold in high-end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus.