On the Surface

On the Surface | Lace, beading, embroidery, and more give texture (and depth) to monochromatic gowns

(Clockwise from top left) Jim Hjelm (Gown Boutique of Charleston), Hayley Paige (White on Daniel Island), Jenny Packham (White on Daniel Island), Justin Alexander (Bridal House of Charleston), Modern Trousseau, Jim Hjelm (Gown Boutique of Charleston), Watters (Bridals by Jodi, Jean’s Bridal, White on Daniel Island), Monique Lhuillier  (Maddison Row), and Marchesa (White on Daniel Island). Photographs (9) courtesy of the designers

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“Texture adds interest and depth to any gown,” says designer Callie Tein of Modern Trousseau, “but is especially important in bridal because we use an all-white or ivory palette. Essentially my goal is to create a breathtaking design on a blank canvas.” The “Ellis” gown at left speaks to her point. The body showcases French Alençon lace with hand-sewn silver beaded roses. “The overall feel is classic with a modern edge,” says Callie.