by Ryan Conner
Designer Matthew Christopher was recently in town for a personal appearance at StarDust Celebrations. We jumped at the chance to ask the famed wedding gown designer a few questions about his collection, why he loves dressing Dallas brides, and his biggest piece of bridal fashion advice.
Give our readers a little background about how you came into the bridal industry.
Matthew Christopher: I was inspired when I was 10 years old by Modern Bride magazine in a grocery store in the middle of Fairfield, Iowa. Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, and Vera Wang were some of the designers I was mesmerized by and aspired to design like. I had always been very interested in music my whole life, but knew I was going to go into fashion rather than music my senior year of high school. After designing tons of evening wear in college, I learned that I wanted to design bridal. I went to Ray Vogue School for design and began my career from there!
Tell me about your inspiration for the 2017 collection.
The 2017 Breathless Collection is inspired by the moment the groom first lays eyes on his bride, walking down the aisle, and the indescribable first look that takes his breath away. This magical moment is translated into light and airy gowns with structure and detail crafted in beautiful laces, tulle, and touched by a hint of delicate hand beading and embroidery. Our signature seaming exemplifies a clean and sophisticated feel that embodies modern elegance and classic glamour.
Do you have a favorite dress or dresses in the collection?
I never have a red-headed step child! I truly love each of my dresses–they become like my little children. If I had to pick, one of my favorites would be Felicity. It is a dress I worked so hard to perfect the draping and feel. I hand draped every inch of that gown in the workroom and was able to achieve exactly what I had imagined. Blake is also another one of my favorites because it exuberates every aspect of Matthew Christopher signature elements: seaming, fabrication, detailing, and architecture. (Aniston and Arabella are two of my other favorites as well.)
Why do you love dressing Dallas brides?
Dallas brides are the absolute sweetest in the world. The Dallas girl is a genuine, kind individual with a fashionable eye. She is a successful career woman who knows what she wants. She has a discerning eye and honestly embodies all that is a Matthew Christopher bride. I also love that a Dallas bride doesn’t mind going a little over the top–that is so me!
When you are working with brides to find their dream dress, what are your three pieces of advice?
Do not use your iphone. You don’t need to use your phone pictures to decide. It is between you and the dress and you and the mirror, not you and your phone.
When you come to try on your dress, do not come in with tons of people. Bring your best friend or family member that you trust the most and who will tell you the truth but also support you. Always trust yourself first!
Your dress does not have to match your venue. Wear the dress that matches you, your style, and your personality. You do not have to fit it into a specific look or vibe of a location!
I know styling is often important when bringing together the wedding day look—do you have any favorite accessories right now?
My dresses truly do speak for themselves and do not need many additions of over the top accessories. I love to add the basics: a beautiful earring and bracelet and always add a classic veil!