Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-born designer who first came onto the scene at Studio 54 alongside famous friends such as Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. Often on New York City’s “best-dressed” lists, her friend Diana Vreeland (then Editor-in-Chief of Vogue) suggested she start her own clothing line. She took her up on that and after designing a collection of 24 dresses sent for samples to be made in Caracas. Soon, her dresses were selling off the rack in a friend’s Upper East Side apartment. With backing from Venezuelan publisher Armando de Arma, Carolina Herrera has her first runway show in 1980, featuring supermodel Iman, with her first bridal collection debut in 1988. In 2008 (the same year Sarah Jessica Parker wears a Carolina Herrera wedding dress in the Sex and the City movie) the designer was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “I didn’t go to a fashion-design school. But I know what to do about proportion, about color, about shape,” she told The Boston Globe in 1983.
Price: $1,200-$10,000 and up
Woman Getting Married Says: Carolina Herrera is inarguably one of the most important fashion designers of our time, and when it comes to bridal, Carolina Herrera wedding dresses are at the top of a very short list. The designer and her work exude elegance and class, and her signature style (which often includes a tailored white button-down) and sense of self comes across in her work. “I prefer clothes that are simple, well-cut, but with one major extravagance,” she told Vogue in 1987. That fits the description of a Carolina Herrera wedding dress to a T.
Below are my favorite dresses from her Spring 2015 Bridal Collection. See more Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses here.