Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…the dress!
My search for a wedding dress took me everywhere from the iconic Vera Wang bridal shop to the classic designs by Priscilla of Boston–but sadly I couldn’t find anything that was distinctly me. Until…the faithful day I discovered the exquisite designs by Katie Ermilio while visiting a showroom for a work assignment.
Although she isn’t a bridal designer, the second I laid eyes on Ermilio’s beautiful clothing I knew she had to design my wedding dress.
Her pose, presence and passion makes it hard to believe that she is only 25-years-old and believe me–it took me a few minutes to process that such masterfully executed clothes could come from such young hands.
But it all makes sense once you learn of Ermilio’s amazing design lineage and background.
Katie’s grandfather, Anthony Ermilio, a second-generation tailor owned a shop on Chestnut street in Philadelphia during the 1890s and designed General Dwight Eisenhower’s classic bomber jacket, golf’s coveted green Masters coat, and was Grace Kelly’s personal clothier. Major!
Keeping in step with his father and grandfather, Katie’s father Bob has continued in the family business and runs a men’s bespoke tailoring shop in Haverford, Pennsylvania, which is considered America’s oldest and most respected equestrian tailor shop.
So, there is no denying Ermilio’s talent–and it runs deeper than just her expert tailoring skills and family ties thanks to completing internships at Vogue and Teen Vogue magazines. Because of these amazing experiences she has the unique perspective of both a designer and editor, which I’m sure has been invaluable to her business.
And speaking of business–Ermilio’s days of simply filling custom orders and selling one-off pieces from her father’s store window are rapidly changing. You can now purchase her designs from Stanley Korshak in Dallas and Shopbop.com.
In addition, Fashionista.com just named her the next “it” designer–so I’m sure her list of vendors will be growing leaps and bounds.
The process of making my one-of-a-kind wedding dress with Ermilio has been an amazing journey. I’m thankful that I found not only a talented designer but a kindred spirit and friend.
In order to keep my dress a surprise for Rahsaan (aka the finance), I didn’t want to post of picture of it–however, feast your eyes on Ermilio’s Fall 2011 collection and you’ll get a clear idea of the caliber of talent and fabulousity I’ve been working with…
54 more days!