Monique Lhuillier and her husband, Tom Bugbee, founded Monique Lhuillier & Company in 1996, quickly establishing the label as a leading bridal couturier. Lhuillier began designing evening gowns in 2001 and expanded into a full ready-to-wear line in 2003, launching her first fall collection at Fashion Week. The Lhuillier ready-to-wear label is known for its glamorous red-carpet-worthy cocktail dresses and romantic evening gowns, while the label’s signature bridal gowns sport sashes in shades of pale blue, copper, or rose. With dresses retailing for $1,500 to $10,000, Lhuillier’s bridal business grosses over $20 million per year.
“Lhuillier's eveningwear is usually faultless, if a little safe, and Spring continued in that vein. But here she lightened things up, trading heavy beading for airy tulle appliqué or a fresh and earthy wheat print that was lovely on flowing white chiffon. Queen of the night though she may be, Lhuillier is venturing further into day—the result of customer demand.”—Meenal Mistry Style.com
“If only it were as easy for evening-wear designers to make their collections seem so effortless, what with all that expensive fabric and beading. But Monique Lhuillier came as close as possible on Tuesday with a serene presentation of strapless taffeta and re-embroidered lace gowns in dove gray, smoky lavender and soft blue variations, in some ways recalling the spring Rochas collection.”—Eric Wilson The New York Times
“As a woman I'm very conscious of what looks good for different silhouettes. For bridal I'm known for using traditional fabrics with untraditional cuts.”—Monique Lhuillier Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Web Site