Monique Lhuillier-A one of a kind fashion designer.
About Monique Lhuillier:
Born Diane Monique Lhuillier, c. 1971, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines; daughter of Michel (a jeweler and real estate investor) and Amparito (a real estate investor) Lhuillier; married Tom Bugbee (a retail executive), 1996; children: Jack Nicholas. Education: Graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 1995.
Began career as designer with Melivier; launched eponymous bridal design company, 1996; opened first retail store in Beverly Hills, CA, 2001; launched home-furnishings, fine china, and handbag lines, 2007.
Monique Lhuillier’s understated, but luxurious bridal designs have earned her a devoted clientele since she launched her business in 1996. Her second line of eveningwear has also garnered accolades and an impressive roster of clients, including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, and Tyra Banks, but Lhuillier’s best-known celebrity commission may be the dress she designed for pop star Britney Spears for her 2004 wedding to Kevin Federline.
“On special occasions women should shine from within,” Lhuillier explained to In Style writer Hal Rubenstein about her design ethos. “Their glamour should be clean. No overaccessorizing, no overstyling. It’s always dangerous to go out there in something that is not you. People should notice your personality first, not your dress.”
Born in the early 1970s, Lhuillier (pronounced LOO-lee-ay) grew up on Cebu, one of the islands of the Philippines archipelago, in a home with two brothers and a sister. Their father was of French heritage, but had been born in Vietnam when that southeast Asian country was still a French colony, and had a varied career as a diplomat, jeweler, and real estate investor.
Lhuillier’s mother was from the Philippines and had once worked as a model. The Lhuilliers’ cosmopolitan household was the setting for extravagant soirees, which the future designer recalled as an inadvertent influence on her choice of career.
Whether she is designing her breath-taking, one- of- a -kind,bridal gowns, evening wear for red carpet affairs, or her luxury clothing pieces, one thing is for sure, “Monique Lhuillier” is sure to melt your heart!!!
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