Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 15, 2011
Los Angeles-based fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, an alumna of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, has been a regular name on the red carpet for many years and 2011 is no exception. Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived at the Golden Globe Awards in a dramatic emerald strapless gown that featured a tiered skirt. Then at the Critic’s Choice Awards, Mandy Moore chose a plum floor length strapless number.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards saw two actresses wearing Lhuillier designs. Julia Stiles, who appears on the Showtime hit Dexter, chose a midnight blue ombre strapless gown from the designer’s pre-fall collection. Meanwhile Rizzoli & Isles actress Angie Harmon donned an ultra feminine, feathered pink gown. The actress said she felt like it was her wedding day.
Lhuillier, who majored in fashion design at FIDM, launched her self-titled company in 1996 with a bridal collection. After becoming a top American wedding dress designer, Lhuillier added ready-to-wear and eveningwear in 2001. She has attracted fans such as Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, and Katie Holmes. There are Monique Lhuillier salons in Beverly Hills and Minneapolis.
“I didn’t know how to cute and sew before I came to FIDM,” Lhuillier explains. “When I was a student I was full of dreams and knew I loved clothing, but I was also scared. I was fortunate that I could start my own line and risk it all.” In addition to her success in fashion, Lhuillier designs a tabletop collection for Royal Doulton, stationery and fine paper, and a bed, bath, and home collection.
With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.