One of our favorite things in life as a luxury wedding resource for brides worldwide is when we land a one-on-one interview with a premier bridal designer. Today just happens to mark a top fav moment for us as we bring you an exclusive interview: Morilee by Madeline Gardner Spring 2017. Known for turning dreams into dresses, Morilee wedding gowns are one part whimsical, two part unique and always magical! As the designer and creative director of Morilee, Madeline Gardner has captured the hearts of brides for over 25 years with undeniably beautiful wedding dress designs. Her new Spring 2017 collection titled #dresscometrue is no exception and her vision is on point! We have fallen hard for these magnificent beauties that boast lavish fabrics, elaborate beading and backs that make you gasp with delight.
Exclusive interview: Morilee by Madeline Gardner Spring 2017
SW: Who is Madeline Gardner?
A: Madeline Gardner is the Designer/Creative Director of Morilee. Since learning to sew at the age of 12, creating glamorous and one of a kind dresses has been my passion. Everyone is driven by something, and for me, beautiful fabrics, and a love for creative design has been my eternal spark.
SW: What first inspired your passion for design?
A: Old Hollywood and its great actresses have been a huge point of inspiration for me. I can still remember as a child watching all of the classic old movies with my mother and grandmother and feeling blown away by the timeless designs and elegance of their dresses. I channeled my creativity by creating my own designs for my friends' prom dresses. Everyone deserves to have that Red Carpet moment!
SW: Why focus on wedding dresses?
A: Lace, Lace, and more Lace! Early on in my career, I began working with the amazing French Laces for gowns and shaping the appliqués, and I knew I was meant to do bridal. Paired up with embroidery and beading, I was in awe of the incredible combination. It really doesn't get better than that! I am so blessed to do what I love while creating gowns that will help women all over the world feel beautiful on their most special day.
SW: How would you describe a Morilee dress?
A: Morilee dresses are one part whimsical, two part unique, and always magical! From picking out the perfect fabric, lace, and beading, to making sure each dress has that extra special flair, I put a great amount of love and attention into every detail I design. Here at Morilee, we pride ourselves on the spectacular fit and high quality of our gowns. We want a bride to feel her absolute best on her wedding day! A great couturier taught me the importance of a perfectly fit bodice, and this has continued to be a theme in all of our dresses. Like the bustling New York City that is home to our design studio, our dresses are always evolving. We blend the latest contemporary trends with a timeless essence.
SW: Tell us about your new collection, what was your inspiration?
A: My #Dresscometrue Collection was inspired by dreams. I have met so many brides that have described fantasizing about their dream dress since they were little. I want to be the one to make those dreams become their ultimate reality! My vision for this collection was a little bit of fairytale mixed with modern chic. Layers and layers of sheer fabrics interwoven with delicate embroideries and sparkling accents. We included flattering silhouettes from big princess ball gowns to slim A-lines. Also, I've made color a key trend in this collection. Whether it's soft light gold under layers of ivory or pale blush over diamond white, we hope there is something for everyone. Color adds dimension and softness to the feeling of the dresses. The perfect dress doesn't have to be a dream for our brides!
SW: What trends can brides anticipate for 2017?
A: The 2017 trends are a designer's dream! Soft layers that are light as air will take whimsical to a whole new level when mixed with delicate embroideries and intricate beading. You will see a lot of gorgeous rich lace to accent the cut of the dresses. Sleek contemporary silhouettes are paired with stunning sheer details and exquisite necklines. Let's not forget the sexy plunging backs. I am loving the return of the soft ball gown that will wow in soft colors. Layers, depth and detail are all trends that continue to make Morilee gowns new and exciting in our 2017 line.
SW: What makes a bride stand out in your design?
A: Our brides always say that they appreciate the fit of our gowns as well as their classic timeless elegance with a twist of chic modern flair. I want each and every one of my brides to feel like a dream in her Morilee dress.
SW: What advice do you have for brides shopping for their dream dress?
A: Have fun! Don't be afraid to be a bit daring and remember, this is your chance to fall in love. (Again!) Stay true to yourself but make sure you feel every bit as special as you are in your dream gown. XO
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