The female figure, rustic materials, landscapes, culture, but mostly the curves of a female.
Fall 2013 Collection
This year’s Emerging Designer Competition: East was overrun with entrants who’d fashioned bridal gowns, some of which pushed the envelope and others that beautifully reimagined classic styles. Given the onslaught of terrific looks and talent, a separate bridal category was created with its own panel of judges, including Modern Trousseau’s Callie Tein, Fashion Star alums Sarah Parrot (of Bow & Drape) and Nikki Poulus (who produces an eponymous line), Cator Sparks (freelance fashion and design writer for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and W.com), and Charleston Weddings magazine editorial director, Melissa Bigner. Up for grabs? A turn on the catwalk at the always sold-out Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Show during Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week®, media coverage, and an internship at Modern Trousseau’s design and dress production headquarters in Connecticut. Across the board, the judges picked Brooke Ray, a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate from Marietta, Georgia, as the winner. Her fluid sketches impart a sophistication that far exceeds her 24 years, and sample shots of her real-life gowns reveal her deftness for layering deconstructed fabrics into corseted, full-skirted gowns that radiate femininity without fuss. A peek at her drawings and an idea of her prowess with the needle and thread made giving her a chance in the spotlight a near no-brainer. We’re not sure who is more excited about what she will fashion for her show—Brooke herself or those who recognize her as a budding and noteworthy talent.