It was the lack of fashion-infused bridal options that launched her career as a designer of evening and bridal gowns in 1995. On Monday, Avril Lavigne wore the designer’s creation when she married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.
The queen of punk rock is just one of the many Hollywood A-listers who get to liking the creations of Monique Lhuillier, the Philippine Fashion designer who has a couture fashion house in Los Angeles and is now an American citizen married to Tom Bugbee, by whom she has two children.
Lavigne married Kroeger on July 1 in an intimate ceremony in a castle in the south of France, with her donning a strapless, black tulle gown with a bouquet of black roses and a diamond headband.
“She sported her signature smudgy black eye shadow with nude lips and effortless beachy blonde waves,” said MTV Style in a July 3 article.
This was a far cry from when she married Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley in 2006, where she wore a girly white gown and a long veil in a traditional wedding ceremony.
Lhuillier, who has been a celebrity favourite for both wedding and red-carpet gowns, counts among her clientele Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Withespoon, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hillary Swank, Jennifer Lopez. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others.
Born to a businessman of French descent and a Filipino-Spanish mother who was a society figure and former fashion model, Lhuillier grew up and studied during her early years in the central Philippine city of Cebu.
She then went on to a finishing school in Switzerland, becoming an outstanding student in Lausanne where she dreamt of becoming a successful fashion designer. It was in Los Angeles, where she studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she started to hone her creative talent.
She launched her first bridal collection in 1996 after opening first venturing into the fashion industry a year earlier, and has never looked back since.
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