Her style is self-described as vintage with a touch of modern je ne sais quoi, and her designs range from the classic sheath silhouette to the floral extravagant. Whether designing bridal gowns or sultry lingerie’, this designer is constantly making headlines with her feminine innovations. Who is this hopeless romantic, couture gown inspiration you ask?
None other than, Claire Pettibone.
Born an only child into a family of artists, Pettibone was raised in upstate New York surrounded by antiques and nature. She spent her free time exploring different caveats of nature, becoming fascinated with a variety of ferns, flowers, trees and fantasy.
Pettibone was raised within a multitude of art galleries, classical ballet and couture fashion via popular magazine publications. Eventually, Pettibone graduated from the “Otis Parsons School of Design”, launching her initial career of fashion design.
Her first collection consisted of plush feminine lingerie’, circulated through Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2001, the first Pettibone Boutique opened its doors in Beverly Hills, California specializing in bridal and red carpet designs for a multitude of celebrities (Courtney Cox, Leona Lewis and Cameron Diaz, just to name a few).
By 2005, Pettibone launched her couture bridal collection. She first appeared on the cover of Womens Wear Daily and in 2012, one of her gowns was famously worn by Facebook pioneer Mark Zuckerbergs wife, Priscilla Chan. It was the media attention from this star wedding that drove Pettibone into the lane of success among some of the industry’s top bridal designers.
Though still fairly new to the spotlight, for the bride to be that adores fantasy, nature, feminine, dreamlike ethereal beauty, the designs inspired within Claire Pettibone’s imagination will be a taste of bridal perfection.
In the words of Pettibone herself, “it has always been my desire to create exquisite feminine clothing using the finest fabrics and precious details to combine a vintage feeling with modern style”.