18 Dec Bridal Atelier Designer Spotlight – Claire Pettibone
As you’re flipping through the bridal magazines, it can be easy to become confused or overwhelmed. The wedding gowns can start to blur together and all look the same. Every bride wants a gown that is unique and makes her feel special. After all, your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. To find a wedding gown that rises to the occasion, you may want to start by looking at designers instead of dresses. Find a designer that creates gowns that match your style and create the type of silhouettes you’ve envisioned in those wedding day dreams. Claire Pettibone designs wedding gowns that capture old world feminine charm and romance and infuse it with a bit of bohemian spirit. Does it sound like one her designs might be right for your big day?
Where It Began
A self-described “true romantic”, Claire Pettibone is the only child of artist parents, Richard and Shirley Pettibone. Her father was a pioneer in the Appropriation Movement and her mother was a photo-realist painter. Claire’s childhood home in upstate New York was filled with antiques and surrounded by nature. These influences remain a source of inspiration and are prominent in her designs. She went on to graduate from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Claire and her husband, Guy Patrick Toley, launched her collection in 1994. After a successful decade creating luxurious lingerie, Pettibone introduced couture bridal gowns in 2005. The collection has evolved to include heirloom lingerie, couture bridal gowns, and bridal accessories.
Claire combines feminine sensibility with beautifully embellished fabric, an unmatched standard of quality and couture craftsmanship to create stunning and unique wedding gowns. Her creations have caught the eye of a variety of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox Arquette, Leona Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, Katie Melua, Jennie Garth, Nikki Reed and Missi Pyle. The most notable among these wedding and red carpet gowns is the designer’s “Sky Between the Branches” gown, worn by Priscilla Chan when she exchanged vows with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Claire Pettibone’s flagship salon originally opened in 2001 on Robertson in Beverly Hills. It is currently housed in the Los Angeles historic landmark known as “The Castle,” or historically called the Heinsbergen Building on Beverly Boulevard. This castle-like structure, built in 1928 for noted muralist Anthony Heinsbergen in a Late Gothic Revival and Romanesque style is the perfect home for Claire’s vintage-inspired collection.
A new bridal season brings with it a new Claire Pettibone collection. The most recent is Vagabond, part of her Couture Collection which also includes the Continuing Collection featuring timeless wedding gowns from past seasons that continue to delight brides. There is also the Romantique Gowns Collection which includes the Vineyard, California Dreamin’ and it’s own Continuing Collection.
Claire Pettibone – In Her Own Words
In a past interview with WedLuxe, Claire was asked “Who would you say is the bride who is a part of your vision? Who is the Claire Pettibone girl?” Her response was, “There is no “one type”, there are so many kinds of women! I think they have the common theme that they want something that is unique and individual and that speaks to their own sense of style. They definitely tend to be more fashion-forward and confident, they don’t want a cookie-cutter traditional dress. They want something that expresses their style and they range across the board in ages, styles, and vibes for their wedding. It keeps it exciting, working with many different kinds of brides.”
It a previous email interview with Seattle Met Claire touched on the misconception that her gowns are designed for thin brides. “We sell all sizes, from petite to full busted, to curvy all over. It’s just a matter of choosing a gown that highlights your best features, and glides over the rest.”
Claire Pettibone at Bridal Atelier
Bridal Atelier is honored to be the exclusive retailer of the Claire Pettibone bridal collection in New Jersey. Schedule your consultation and owner & stylist, Rachel Sweebe not only help you find the wedding dress of your dreams, she will assist you in choosing just the right accessories to create a stunning wedding ensemble.