Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit

Mignonette Bridal and Supreme Novelty Fabrics presents:

Bridal Brunch: From Fabric to Fit

A Fashion Focus 2012 Event

Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 am

2156 W. Fulton, Chicago, IL, 60612

A bridal event and runway presentation showcasing local custom bridal designers. The event features the detailed process of creating a unique wedding dress from the fabric selection, pattern making, muslin fitting, to final product.

The suggested admission for this event is $10. All proceeds will go to benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets available at


Amanda Archer

         A native Californian currently living in Chicago, IL.  Amanda began her career attending design school in San Francisco and interning for Lily Samii.  After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in 2003, Amanda began working full time for Lily Samii as a pattern drafter and design assistant, promoted 2 years later to production and design manager, concentrating in women’s evening-wear, specializing in design, patternmaking, and fit, using high-end techniques and couture-like constructions.  Amanda spent over 5 years working in the industry before deciding it was time to develop her own line full-time, a dream come true!

Janessa Ann
Violet Bells Designs
        Violet Bells Designs by Janessa Ann believes “not every woman wants to be categorized into a single style.” Her pieces range from vintage to modern, free spirited to classic tradition. She designs with a sincere devotion, to create what you feel free in. Encouraging a bride to fall in love with the simplicity of a piece, or embrace it as the starting point for a custom look that is all her. Her delicate approach to design, special attention to detail, and fanciful sense of style creates nothing short of a flawless finish. In the end, Janessa Ann delivers a style that leaves you feeling like yourself.

Sarah Lowry

          Native Southern Illinoisan, Sarah Lowry, always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.  From a very early age she could be found learning about design and construction from her Grandmother.  As a result she fell in love with apparel, and pursued a more formal education at Southern Illinois University.  Ever the entreprenur, she has always worked in freelance design, simultaneously either continuing her education or building more skills.

        Although she has just recently rediscovered her adoration of bridal design, she has managed to build a pretty amazing collection of custom clients in a relatively short amount of time.  This bodes well for her goals of showing a collection of her own, focused on her individual design philosophy in partner with the custom gowns she is known for creating.
Monica Freng
Monirose, Bespoke Gowns
         Monica Freng is a self-taught designer based out of Madison WI, whose passion is creating wearable, beautifully handcrafted wedding gowns.  Her love affair with bridal gowns began in 2007 when she created her own bespoke wedding gown. Since launching Monirose in 2008, she has built a reputation for creating a truly personal experience for her brides.  From sketch to bustle, each Monirose bridal gown is handmade with attention to detail and luxurious materials.  Commissioning a bespoke Monirose gown allows each bride to walk down the aisle in a gown that is as unique as her love story.
Julia Tiedt
Regina Jules Bridal
           Taught to sew at a young age by her grandmother, Julia Tiedt has always been doing something creative in one form or another.  It wasn’t until college however that Julia realized fashion was what she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing!  She perfected her pattern making and design skills while attending Columbia College Chicago for a Post Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design.  Regina Jules bridal, a combination of her grandmothers name and her nickname, was born of her love for all things wedding and her desire to give every bride exactly what she wants for her special day.  Julia’s designs are known for their attention to detail, incorporation of fabric manipulation and repetition.  Julia’s goal is to make the wearer feel beautiful, but also create something truly one of a kind.
Katelyn Pankoke
Elaya Vaughn 
             Elaya Vaughn was started in 2010 by creative director, Katelyn Pankoke. The name, Elaya          Vaughn, comes from two ofPankoke’s family names. Katelyn has been designing for nine years; however, as with most girls, her interest in bridal began early on in life. Katelyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and Technology. While still in school, she began her career with commissioned design work that consisted mostly of evening wear. It has always been her goal to start her own line, and that time has finally come.     As a designer, Katelyn is very detail oriented; this is evident in the textile manipulation, and other fine details seen in each of her designs. As creative director, Katelyn ensures that each gown consists of the highest quality of materials. Katelyn is a proponent of fair labor and is proud of keeping the manufacturing of her gowns in The USA. Katelyn describes her design aesthetic as artful femininity.     Foremost in her focus is the fit of her designs and how they make the bride feel. Katelyn insists that Elaya Vaughn is more than a brand; Elaya Vaughn is an Experience.  Katelyn also understands that a wedding gown is unlike any other purchase a woman will make, and she is determined to make sure that this experience is just as unforgettable as the wedding itself.    Katelyn was recently engaged this past December to her high school sweet-heart, Zachary Aberman. Now the ultimate    question…what will she wear?