Friday, September 12, 2008

Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2009 Collection Makes Every Filipino Proud

During the 5th day of New York Fashion Week, Monique Lhuillier again proved to everyone that Filipinos can excel and compete with the best in the world. For her Spring 2009 collection, her reference points were the farmlands: wheat, corn and wicker. Yellows and browns held their own among bright turquoise, nectar, rouge, and navy.

Diane Monique Lhuillier is a Filipino (from Cebu City, Philippines) fashion designer based in the United States. She was raised to a family engaged in the jewelry business and they have been famous for their chain of pawnshops known as M. Lhuillier, all over the Philippines.

She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and upon graduation, took a job at a small French firm. But it was the process of designing her own wedding to future company co-founder Tom Bugabee that cemented her vision of her future firm. In 1996, she launched her first bridal collection.

Since then, Lhuillier’s bridal, evening gowns and dresses have been worn by an ever-expanding list of Hollywood’s top celebrities and are favorites of Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Mischa Barton, Jennifer Aniston, Sharon Stone, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Debra Messing, Jennifer Connely, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Diane Lane, Jessica Alba, Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpsons and many others.

She was awarded with Presidential Medal of Merit by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her extraordinary achievements in the world of fashion design.

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