Claire Pettibone Couture 2012 Collection ~ Runway and Backstage Images…


"My clients have a common love of romantic style and are looking for a gown that expresses their unique personality and enhances their feminine beauty. They love the rich details and vintage inspiration that is my signature style…"

Claire Pettibone, Love My Dress Interview, June 2011


Claire Pettibone is, as any of you who know anything about me at all, one of my wedding dress designer heroines.  Everything about her style appeals to me.  I love that she takes inspiration from the essence of magic and whimsy of her very own childhood fantasies of being sat by the stream in her garden playing with her fairy friends.  You can see how this translates into her designs; everything has a beautifully elegant, ethereal nature about it.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Claire Pettibone


I simply adore Claire Pettibone – and kind of feel I can say that in all sincerity too, having met her in New York this year, she is nothing like what I expected, a quietly spoken lady, utterly charming {as was her Husband Guy, her right hand in her bridal wear business},  the kind I imagine to sit back and let all those around her take the limelight. I think Claire is probably at her happiest when left to get on with what she does best – designing some of the most beautiful, intricately embellished and yet completely affordable bridal wear available in the world today. 

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This afternoon, I'd like to look at some of the Claire Pettibone designs that were on the catwalk at the recent New York Bridal market, where Claire chose to launch her latest collection for 2012.  I just love how Claire always pays close attention to the detail at the back of the dress…


For her latest 2012 collection, Claire Pettibone invites us to a languid summer in the French countryside – her love of antique gold, French toile and tapestries inspired the textures and details that bring a little bit of Parisian luxury to the bridal wear market.  There is lots of Claire's signature lace, elegant sleeves, illusion necklines, and Claire's signature back details pay homage this time to the decadence of 18th century France…ooh la la! {'Ooh La La" that is in fact the name of the dress you see above and below you"}…


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Let's take a look backstage shall we? As a viewer, we get to see beautiful dresses draped on models that glide the catwalk.  The work that goes on behind the scenes to make this possible is immense…









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It is all just comletely to die for, no?

Claire Pettibone is based in Los Angeles, but there are several boutiques in the UK that stock her designs, as below.  You can view a full lists of stockists, with interactive maps, via the 'Salon Locator' on the Claire Pettibone website…


Finally a quick aside to let you know that Claire has also just launched a lingerie collection, 'Heirloom', which you simply have to go see – if ever there was a sexy and yet incredibly elegant collection of bridal lingerie, this, my friends, is it.  I'm advised the Heirloom collection will be available in the  UK very soon.

Are there any Claire Pettibone Brides out there want to share some love? You can view all my Claire Pettibone related blog features here, which include an exclusive interview, and real weddings too.

Much love all,

Annabel xXx


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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, getting in the sea, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.