The art of storytelling is what sets the world’s most talented designers apart from the rest. Creating a visual representation of an intangible emotion, after all, is no easy feat. For Francesca Miranda, who premiered her Spring 2019 bridal collection at this month’s New York Bridal Fashion Week, her story of the season involves an elegant and touching nod to her mother.
“This is my homage to the grace and movement of ballerinas,” says the designer. “Particularly one – Gloria Miranda, my mother – in the way I think of her most, dancing on the stages of New York City theaters.”
With fresh faces and simple, low chignons, Miranda’s models immediately set the tone for her line of dancer-inspired wedding gowns. Offering a traditional silhouette with a couture twist, the Agnes ballgown made a sweeping statement with off-white and beige organza that had been hand-dyed and painted. Feathers and Swarovski crystals completed the look.
Mimicking the crisscross pattern of ballet shoes laced around a dancer’s ankles, wrapped waists provided romantic structure to wispy tulle, and nude lining created a seductive illusion without compromising the romance and sophistication of Miranda’s collection.
Although Miranda references the stages of NYC, her Spring 2019 wedding gowns have a wonderfully global appeal as well. Peplum gowns with a removable tulle miniskirt would be perfect for a Parisian bride in search of a simple dress change between her ceremony and reception; and her stunning illusion A-line gowns would be apropos for a glamorous wedding in any city, from New York to Shanghai.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Miranda’s incredible handmade details; the intricacy of her embellishments is always awe-inspiring. The long-sleeve, fit and flare Marianina gown with illusion neckline, lace lining, and hand-embroidered sequin tulle is nothing short of a work of art.
The designer’s ode to ballerinas didn’t stop at floor-sweeping bridal gowns. One of her showstoppers was undoubtedly Alina – a gorgeous high-low hand-embroidered tulle skirt with an illusion neckline corset top, worn over skinny pants. This number practically begs to be worn during a stylish European elopement, or during one of the many festivities of a full wedding weekend.
All images taken by Kristi Klemens of KLK Photography for Wedding Style.