Filipinos have all heard about the surname Lhuillier in the Philippines as it is one of the most popular pawn shops in the country but for someone who doesn’t know this, they have heard of this last name with French-origin from a designer who made the wedding gown of Britney Spears, the beautiful red carpet gowns of Catherine Zeta and just recently, that magnificent nude dress Mandy Moore wore at the 83rd Academy Awards. The bearer of this name is none other than Monique Lhuillier who’s taking the bridal scene and couture world by storm.
Monique is the daughter of Michel J. Lhuillier, a businessman of french descent, and socialite and former Filipino model Amparito Llmas. The family owned the M. Lhuillier Financial Services which runs around 1, 400 branches all over the Philippines.
She studied design at the Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where her fashion house is currently based.
While at FIDM, Monique launched her first bridal collection which became the start of her vision to establish a fashion house.
In 2003, she was invited to be a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Some of her celebrity clients includes Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mandy Moore and many more.
Locally, she made the wedding dress of the Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.
Here’s to more years of success and the hopes of her staging a show in Manila! Cheers!