Your wedding day is an extension of your life. Your fashion esthetic should not go to extremes on that day. You may get a bit dramatic, accentuating parts of your style & personality that may not normally be on display publicly that day. But you pretty much will remain true to your sense of style.
If you are an art lover and are looking for fashionable pieces that will make a statement on your wedding day, let us reintroduce to you the grand dame of artful bridal design, Miss Jane Wilson-Marquis.
British born, artist, dancer and couturier with over two decades of experience in dressing some of society’s elite, Jane Wilson-Marquis has generally pushed the envelop with her designs from the whimsical to the theatrical. You can get a sense of where her inspiration comes from when you look at her items. Her designs are not for the conservative in mind. Regal enough to attend the royal ball of the queen, but daring enough to attract the stages of extroverts such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé who definitely love the theatrics both on stage and on the red carpet.
History of Jane:
English designer Jane Wilson-Marquis studied dance, and worked in the theater. In 1978 Jane partnered with Cora Hysinger and formed Cora & Jane. In no time, they were recognized as SoHo’s up-and-coming design team along with Commes des Garcon and Yoshi Yammamoto. Their specialty was unique hand-beaded evening wear. Cora & Jane’s designs were sold at Barneys, all Saks Fifth Avenue stores as well as many other high-end retail outlets. Their designs were worn by the likes of Diana Ross and Edie Gorme. They appeared everywhere from Harper’s Bazaar to Women’s Wear Daily. Jane’s designs have been featured in film, theater, television, and the performing arts. The wedding line can be seen in Sandra Bullock’s “Forces of Nature,” “Kate & Leopold” starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, “The Pallbearer” starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow, and “Romance & Cigarettes” starring Susan Sarandon and Mandy Moore.
Jane Wilson-Marquis couture evening wear has graced stages around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and even the United Nations. After many successful years as a private couturier, Jane has now recently started a new line Toppers by Wilson-Marquis. The emphasis is on designing customized ready-to-wear specializing in jackets and vests.
Corsets and tight-fitting regal ball gowns, maiden-like style wedding gowns became her signature look in early 2000 for brides, but has become a little more flirty as the generation of young brides began to discover her. But today’s bride, such as Solange, is looking to be a bit more daring and different so once again Jane Wilson-Marquis is going to do what she does best, “reconstruct the wheel,” as it were, and incorporate art in to her designs with the use of hand painted artwork or crushed flowers.
Creatively speaking, as beautiful as this may sound, the time involved to hand dye paint each gown sounds absolutely exquisite. It was exciting to see her pieces and I can only image a bride walking down the aisle wearing one of her collectibles.
Make a statement for your special day.
Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
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