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Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
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Designer for: Kevin Costner, Britney Spears
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Diane Monique Lhuillier (born 1971 in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines) is a Filipina fashion designer based in the United States and she is of mixed French and Spanish descent. Lhuillier`s family is one of the more prominent in Philippine high society. They own a chain of pawnshops currently operating in more than a hundred cities in the nation. Lhuillier demonstrated good taste and great imagination at an early age. At 15, she was an outstanding student in Lausanne, Switzerland and hoped to become successful in the fashion industry. Her parents sent her to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), where she met the man she married, Tom Bugbee. Lhuillier and Bugbee, a young, dynamic husband and wife team, founded their company in 1996 and launched their first bridal collection. The line was extremely well-received by fashion-savvy brides, editors, and celebrities.
The breakthrough came after Monique designed the gowns for her wedding entourage. These captured the fancy of couture circles. Having had a difficult time finding her own gown, Lhuillier, a 23-year-old newlywed at the time, decided to begin sketching her own line of dresses. Her husband figured this was little more than a hobby, one that she would tire of soon enough. "He thought I had the wedding blues and eventually I`d get over it," she told USA WEEKEND Magazine. She made the news with two high-profile celebrity weddings in a row. She designed Christine Baumgartner`s wedding dress for her Fall, 2004 wedding to Kevin Costner shortly after designing both of Britney Spears`s dresses for her wedding to Kevin Federline. She`s also designed the wedding gown of US former Vice President and former Second Lady Al and Tipper Gore`s youngest daughter, Sarah G. Lee, for her marriage to Bill Lee, Giuliana DePandi`s wedding gown to The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, and Allison Munn`s wedding gown to actor Scott Holroyd. Subsequently Lhuillier added evening wear to her line, and several of her efforts showed up on red carpets before awards shows. For the Fall, 2007 season she branched off into more typical runway collections.
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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, as well as another store on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
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