Established in the states in the 1980’s by Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the Badgley Mischka label was originally known as a force to be reckoned with on the red carpets of the world as more and more celebrities were pictured in their gowns.
Badgley Mischka has been the go-to couture choice of celebrities from Taylor Swift to Helen Mirren, from Elle MacPherson to Sarah Jessica Parker. These are ‘instant wow’ dresses – Mark Badgley himself once described the look as ‘one zip and you’re glamorous’ and that’s exactly the feel a Badgley Mischka gown gives you, whether you’re a film star or a bride on her way down the aisle.
Speaking of SJP – there’s more than one connection to ‘Sex and the City’ with Badgley Mischka. The eternally chic and classic character of Charlotte York chose one of their gowns to wed on screen which must’ve been a thrill for the head designers who had met at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York.
Senior designer Les Shweikert now leads the bridal design team and there is no mistaking the look of a Badgley Mischka gown in his extremely capable hands. We adore the intricate beadwork and luxury detailing which completely evokes the world of ‘old school’ Hollywood glamour. This label is synonymous with style – style and good old drop-dead-gorgeous glamour. Think Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth or Lauren Bacall.
We love the designs Les creates for his brides and it’s clear to see he has also taken some influences from his years training under mega designer to the stars, Oscar de la Renta who dressed many a film star and first lady in the heyday of couture.
Often body-hugging or streamlined, sometimes bohemian and edgy but always sophisticated and timelessly elegant – these are the bridal gowns for you if you can see yourself channelling your inner 1940’s classic Hollywood film star. If you are looking to evoke the spirit of total and utter show-stopping glamour on your big day – you’ve come to the right place.
The label’s flagship store is in Beverly Hills and we got to choose our favourite Badgley Mischka gowns in person on a trip to LA, so these dresses really do offer a touch of the silver screen and Hollywood itself. Only select UK bridal shops have been chosen to carry the range so it’s fair to say we’re delighted that we are one of them and that Les himself has been to visit us. We like to think we’re a good fit as there’s nothing we love more than glamour and style… if only life were like a Hollywood movie every day…