As you all know, I flew to Barcelona mainly for Pronovias’ fashion show during Barcelona Bridal Week. But unlike previous years, this year’s show is extra special because it marks Pronovias’ 50th year in the industry. As Pronovias puts it, that’s 50 years of dressing dreams. I couldn’t have said it any better–“dressing dreams”. I have only been designing bridal wear for a few years but I must say, being part of someone’s big day is the most rewarding aspect of my job. The sense of fulfilment you get from helping a bride turn her dream into reality is the best feeling ever. Imagine doing that for 50 years–being part of thousands of couples’ big day, witnessing their love stories unfold. Wow, this is truly something worth celebrating, and I’m glad I get to be part of this momentous occasion.
My “Pronovias 50” experience started the night before the fashion show, with an intimate dinner among the invited bloggers and the Pronovias team. The place was decorated in true Pronovias fashion–romantic and dreamy. Just look at the table setting below. I felt like I was at someone’s wedding!
After our dinner, we got to take these sweets home. We were free to take anything we wanted from this buffet table of chocolates and candies. I got so much candies but I was hesitant to eat them because they were too darn pretty. Everything was in theme. The white chocolates even had Pronovias’ iconic gowns sketched on them!
The next day, we went to the Pronovias exhibit entitled 50 Love Stories featuring 50 of Pronovias’ iconic gowns. Most of the gowns in this exhibit were borrowed from real Pronovias brides. I was told that Pronovias had to go through so many of their records to get a hold of them. The effort was well worth it of course. Attendees get to see how the brand’s designs have evolved through the years.
These are the oldest ones on display. Look at how different it is from the Pronovias we know now. Wedding gowns then were so simple! The one on the right was designed by the house of Balenciaga and made by Pronovias in 1988. It’s a two-piece strapless dress with a white mink bodice and matching coat in silk satin.
I’m in heaven.
This low-cut gown on the right is one of my favorites. I kept staring at it! I couldn’t help but admire all the lace fabrics that were used here. It may look so simple but the combination of sheer lace fabrics is just perfection.
This is how the gown looks from the back. I died.
I’ve never seen shirt-style bridal gowns and dresses but if they look like these, I wouldn’t mind wearing one. Check out the embellishments on these. You can get a closer look below.
This silk satin gown was part of Badgley Mischka’s collection for Pronovias.
Another bejewelled masterpiece.
This one is a stunner! I love dramatic backs and this is the queen of all dramatic backs!
And finally, a gown Pronovias made for Kate Middleton. This is just one of the many bridal gowns Pronovias gave as gifts to the Duchess.