"I create the sexy gown a bride walks down the aisle in and her future husband thinks 'wow' but on the same note, elegant enough that grandma is not falling off her chair."
Amy Michelson is an award winning fashion designer who has never forgotten her roots. Her charm, spiritual inspiration, intuitiveness generosity and love of humanity are all part of her success story.
It all started out for this small town girl from Wyckoff, New Jersey, after taking a trip to the Hampton’s with her family. It was here, she discovered the world of fashion and thus her dream of being a fashion designer began.
Ambitious and talented, Ms. Michelson started her first business at the young age of 22, designing a 1950’s style dress with circles of ribbon and tight bodice. It was a huge overnight success, suddenly it was being sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Neiman Marcus.
Acting out The stress of success at a young age left her longing for change and as quick as she entered the fashion industry, she exited to pursue an acting career. With very little experience, other than some drama courses in school, she left fashion for acting. She put her heart and soul into her new career and again she was successful starring in Falcon Crest as well as re-occurring roles on China Beach and Head of the Class.
As time passed, her ideals changed and the entertainment industry lost its appeal. Coincidently, it was also a time when Holly Harp was looking for a design assistant. Through a friend’s introduction with Ms. Harp, Ms. Michelson made a natural transition back into the fashion industry.
Amy Michelson's Q&A with TheRingBearer.ca
Q: How did you get started designing wedding gowns? A: While working at Holly Harp in 1996, a fashion assistant asked if I would help her find a wedding dress. She wanted a wedding gown that was simple and elegant. We looked all over but couldn’t find anything. We ended up buying a white vintage bias-cut gown and remaking it. A light-bulb went off in my head and I thought why not create a line of classic glamorous wedding gowns. In 1997, I created a bias cut wedding gown collection and went to New York.
Q: What is your favourite fabric to work with when creating your gowns? A: My favourite fabric to work with is silk Charmeuse cut on a bias because it drapes so nicely over the body. It creates clean lines that flow softly over the curves of a woman.
Q: What type of woman wears your dresses? A: The type of woman that wears my dresses is glamorous, creative, self confident and elegant with a Hollywood sense of style.
Q: How has your work in the entertainment field influenced your design of wedding gowns? A: I am very comfortable with glamour and celebrities. I really absorbed all the glamour of Hollywood and it comes out in my designs.
Q: What new trends can we expect for the upcoming wedding season from your collection? A: You can expect more BLING this season. Jewellery will be bigger and chunkier and gowns will have a lot more texture. You will see lace and satin fabric combinations with special embellishments.
Q: What do you consider to be the core values of your company? A: I believe in a spiritual and holistic approach to life and beauty. “Body, Style and Spirit” creates the whole woman. I believe in empowering women inside and out.
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