It’s what’s on the inside that counts. These words have passed the lips of countless generations as a timeless parcel of wisdom. For couture dress designer Suzanne Perron, the adage evokes more than lip service. It embodies her approach to her work—crafting one-of-a-kind, show- stopping pieces from the inside out.
The best dress is one that fits flawlessly. Beginning with a muslin fabric prototype enables Perron to capture the exact fit, shape, and look that catapult her gowns from lovely but ordinary to striking and extraordinary. Whereas the typical dress selection process involves the bride-to-be finding a gown she likes and subsequently having it adjusted to fit her, Perron turns the process upside-down, working with her client and mold- ing the gown to each individual woman’s unique frame from the inside out. Once the interior structure is perfected to flatter every part of her client and to reflect the excitement she feels within, Perron then builds the gown based on the prototype, with her trademark brand of exacting quality and design.
Perron’s tireless pursuit of perfection and unparalleled quality of design has granted her the kind of opportunities of which most designers only get to dream. Her vision and expertise found her working on New York runway shows amongst famed designers such as Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and Ralph Rucci. Learning and growing from each relationship, whether it was admiration for Herrera’s “timeless, yet always styled cre- ations,” or Wang’s pure artistry, Perron herself marvels at Rucci’s “ability to manipulate fabric into shapes.” Five years ago, she took the skill sets she gained from two design degrees—one at LSU and the other from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC—as well as her years spent design- ing for New York runways, and relocated back to New Orleans.
Incorporating all that she has learned from her wealth of experiences, Perron handcrafts fabrics into something more than mere dresses and gowns. She transforms satin, lace, and tulle into wearable masterpiec- es, each one uniquely created for one woman to wear on her special day. She sees each individual client as her muse for each individual design, determined to create her client’s dream look for the day of the wedding. Embodying the meaning of couture, every inimitable creation is one-of -a-kind.
When asked about her mission as a designer, Perron is warm but firm about the reason behind her construction of unmatched quality gowns: “I am in fashion to make perfect, beautiful dresses. She does not compromise when it comes to pursuing perfection. Perron’s “handprints are on everything,” and the luxuriousness of her gowns rests in the “qual- ity of fabrication, attention to detail, hand-work, and my involvement from beginning to end.” From the moment a client walks through the door of her understatedly elegant studio to the moment that client walks down the aisle, Perron is involved in every element of the dress—every bead, every button, every thread passes through her hands to ensure a perfect dress. She finds great reward in making immaculate gowns, as well as in the elated expressions of her clients. Above all, Perron loves that after the countless hours of work and effort put into each dress, “It’s the bride that takes the bow.”
The seemingly overwhelming amount of care and effort infused into each dress derives itself from one simple rule: Perron refuses to settle for ordinary. Every creation must live up to two tenets that she resolves to be synonymous with the Suzanne Perron label: “Perfection of fit and quality of construction.” Every gown she crafts must meet these stan- dards so her client has every reason to shine, both inside and the out. When face-to-fabric with one of the designer’s masterpieces, it is impos- sible to think of a way a bride clad in a Perron creation wouldn’t shine, wearing artwork inspired by and created for only her. Perron takes bridal gown dreams and constructs from them magnificent, wearable realities. Elegant, couture, timeless, the pinnacle of luxury, this is the work of Suzanne Perron.
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