Vera Wang: The Story Behind ‘Lisa’

We’re partnering with our friends at Vera Wang to bring you the inside scoop on the elaborate, iconic wedding gowns in her fall 2013 collection. Today we start with the lovely ‘Lisa’, a draped tulle and Chantilly lace-bodice ballgown. Hear the story behind the gown from Ms. Wang herself!

Throughout the fall 2013 collection, there are the invincible elements of an heirloom wedding gown—lace, beading and draping. And you can definitely see all three at work in Lisa.
The bodice begins with a foundation of Chantilly lace, covered with a layer of embroidery work: a complicated but very soft, very subtle design in pearl and crystal. We call this cluster embroidery: it’s made up of little groupings of crystal and bead elements that present themselves as spangles and starbursts, rather than in a neat arrangement.

The embroidery is draped with a layer of fine, ruched tulle to obscure that sparkle a little and create a multitoned effect. I love this kind of veiling effect. The straps are also ruched tulle, which sets off the shoulders, making the bare skin look even more delicate.

There is a gathered tulle skirt, full of volume in the layers of tulle. The same cluster embroidery continues down into the drop-waist skirt, on the bride’s right side, just enough to give an accent and a bit of interest to the skirt.

Lisa is beautiful, youthful, almost innocent. It’s really a gown that celebrates time-honored tradition.

To see more Vera Wang gowns at Nordstrom, browse our lookbook. Make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist to try on gowns at selected Nordstrom Wedding Suites.

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