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Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier
Logo of Monique Lhuillier fashion firm.
Born Diane Monique Lhuillier
(1971-09-15) September 15, 1971
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Known for Fashion designer

Monique Lhuillier (born September 15, 1971, Cebu City, Philippines) is a fashion designer most prominently known for bridal wear. She owns a couture fashion house based in Los Angeles, California,[1] as well as another store on Manhattan's Upper East Side.[2][3]


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Personal life

Sarah Michelle Gellar wearing Monique Lhuillier at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012.[4]

Lhuillier was born to Michel J. Lhuillier, a Vietnam-born Filipino businessman of mixed French descent,[5] and Amparito Llamas, a Filipino society figure and former model of Spanish descent. She grew up in Cebu City and studied at Saint Theresa's College, continuing on to the Chateau Mont-Choisi finishing school in Switzerland. She moved to Los Angeles to study design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). In Los Angeles, she met Tom Bugbee, whom she married in 1996.[6][7]


While searching for a gown for her wedding, she was surprised by the lack of fashion-infused bridal options, and started her first bridal collection in 1996. Her husband Tom joined the company as CEO. She opened her first retail store in 2001. In 2004 she drew wide notice for her wedding dresses for Britney Spears and Emmy Awards dresses for Jamie-Lynn DiScala and Allison Janney, among others.[8][9] She opened a Los Angeles "flagship" store on Melrose Place in 2007,[10] and added a New York store in 2012.[11] Her collections now include ready-to-wear, evening gowns, bridal, bridesmaids, linens, tableware, fine paper, and home fragrances.[3][12]

Lhuillier has become especially known for her celebrity wedding and red carpet gowns. Her list of clientele includes Gwyneth Paltrow,[13] Reese Witherspoon,[13] Kristen Stewart,[13] Hilary Swank,[14] Jennifer Lopez,[15] Taylor Swift,[16] Ginnifer Goodwin,[17][18] and Katy Perry.[19][20][21]

Awards and honors

Monique Lhuillier was invited to be a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2003. She received the Presidential Medal of Merit from the Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006.[22]


  1. ^ Booth Moore, "On the A-list: Monique Lhuillier's ageless creations have drawn a celebrity following. Her fans include Britney Spears, who said 'I do' in one of the designer's dresses." Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2005.
  2. ^ Alexandra Jacobs, "Branching Out From the Altar", The New York Times, February 27, 2013.
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  6. ^ "Monique Lhullier: World-renowned wedding gown designer is a Cebuana", The Filipino Express, October 16, 2005  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required) .
  7. ^ "Lhuillier, Monique", Newsmakers 2007 Cumulation (January 1, 2008)  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required) .
  8. ^ Allison Samuels, "Red Carpet Style; Monique Lhuillier's A-List Clients Have Made Her Young Hollywood's Hottest Designer-Just Ask Britney", Newsweek, January 24, 2005  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required) .
  9. ^ Rose Apodaca Jones, "Lhuiller's Moment: From Britney to the Emmys", WWD, September 23, 2004  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required) .
  10. ^ Elizabeth Khuri, "Beyond Bridal", Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2007.
  11. ^ Joanna Nikas, "Scouting Report", The New York Times, October 17, 2012.
  12. ^ Booth Moore, "Monique Lhuillier: On the move. Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier works to add clothes to her line for earlier in the day." Los Angeles Times, September 01, 2013.
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  22. ^ Aurea Calica, "GMA awards medal of merit to Hollywood designer Lhuillier", The Philippine Star, November 9, 2006.

Monique Lhuillier Adds Something Blue and More to Her Engagement Ring Collection Entertainment Chest

External links

  • Official Monique Lhuillier Website
  • Official Twitter Account
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