Exquisite beadwork, figure-flattering silhouettes, multi-form styles--Filipino designer Veluz Reyes ingeniously incorporates all these into her wedding gown creations, making her one of Manila's best kept bridal secrets. But she and her craft won't be so hush-hush anymore--StyleBible.ph tracked her down so you can find out how to have her design the bridal gown of your dreams.
Read on to find out what Veluz has to say about the creation process for a bridal gown.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY AS A BRIDAL DESIGNER?
Wedding gowns are very personal. The bride's character is most important. It is not about my personal preference in clothes that is relevant--it is always the bride's persona that I just try to interpret with the skills I have. I honestly believe that what makes the gown beautiful is if it represents the bride in her most romantic phase--just her at her best.
WHAT IS THE SIGNATURE FLAIR THAT IMMEDIATELY CHARACTERIZES YOUR CREATIONS?
It is always flattering to the body with very feminine details. We just try to innovate the usual details--embroidery, lace, and beading--to make it more unique and personal.
HOW EARLY BEFORE THE WEDDING DO CLIENTS HAVE TO APPROACH YOU?
Nine months to a year, depending on what month they're getting married. December to February brides are treated differently because of the density of weddings on those months.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO MEET/TALK TO CLIENTS REGARDING THEIR WEDDING GOWN DESIGNS?
I normally request for pegs on the first meeting so I can know more or less her taste and her personality. I also strongly consider the wedding theme, if there's any, and the venue and time of the wedding. I usually make a sketch and discuss the details after.
To learn more about the fabulous Veluz Reyes, read the full interview and view the photo gallery on StyleBible.ph.
To see more of Veluz's creations, check out our gallery of Veluz gowns.