Beautiful: Claire Pettibone Couture Bridal Gowns

The word beautiful is a sweet but far reaching word. It can be an object, person, piece of art , or natural scene, such as a landscape or sunset. If it pleases the senses , it is called beautiful.  The word leaps to mind reflexively, and often, and we are so much richer for taking in what is beautiful. However

 The Bridal Gowns by Claire Pettibone are better than beautiful.



These gowns are divinely crafted. THE CLAIRE PETTIBONE COLLECTION is a magical assemblage infused with subtle color, Couture details and European laces. Delicate embroideries are also found. The end result is a gown that compels any woman to summon her Inner Queen.

I do not say this lightly. I have been around good clothing and couture for 30+ years, and I know Guipure lace from Duchesse lace; Chantilly lace from Venetian needlepoint lace. I appreciate the rare designer who knows that the fit of the gown must be as precise, as the materials are exquisite. Yes, you can tweet that!  That is the essence of Claire Pettibone.

I know that words can only say so much. So from her website, ( please do visit, you will swoon, I promise) I am selecting a few for you to see and savor.

                                The Alchemy Gown, gold with Blush silk under layer.
                                The Alchemy Gown, gold with Blush silk under layer.
                         A Beautiful back is a trademark feature of Claire Pettibone
                         A Beautiful back is a trademark feature of Claire Pettibone
The Chapelle gown : A sleeveless beaded lace bodice paired with floral embroidery and a French striped lace skirt defines the clean & modern silhouette. A rich Guipure sash hugs your waist and organza ribbons cascade over your shoulders for a romantic touch.
The Chapelle gown : A sleeveless beaded lace bodice paired with floral embroidery and a French striped lace skirt defines the clean & modern silhouette. A rich Guipure sash hugs your waist and organza ribbons cascade over your shoulders for a romantic touch.
            Always pure white? NO! This modern Deco inspired gown with brilliant glass beading , inspired by the great French cathedral's stained glass window, is the focal point of the illusion back.: Surrounded by bronze metallic lace accenting sky blue and black French Chantilly lace.                   Dramatic long sleeves and train complete the story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Always pure white? NO! This modern Deco inspired gown with brilliant glass beading , inspired by the great French cathedral’s stained glass window, is the focal point of the illusion back.: Surrounded by bronze metallic lace accenting sky blue and black French Chantilly lace.                   Dramatic long sleeves and train complete the story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
           The romantic ribbon that ties gracefully. The pearls and beads in a circular backsuggests eternity as well as  beauty.  Breath-taking!
           The romantic ribbon that ties gracefully. The pearls and beads in a circular backsuggests eternity as well as  beauty.  Breath-taking!

This is just a sampling of the brilliance of Claire Pettibone’s Bridal Gowns. All images are from her site . Change up what you think you know about bridal gowns. I am so sorry these were not around when I was married. But lucky you, these creations are here now, lovingly made: Couture gowns that will thrill any Bride to Be.


And this is only Part I. I will feature gowns on display during fashion week at the New York’s Academy Mansion next,  photographed by my gifted photographer, Gerardo Vitale.  Get ready to feel like dancing down the aisle! 

Find a grand Chaise Lounge for Part II. Really, you will need it! The photo in the inset below is from my Samsung camera phone. Just imagine the professional photos to come!

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