Once upon a time, if you used “bespoke” in a sentence you were talking about someone engaged to be married – “spoken for” – you know, like a Kate Aspen bride-to-be!
Contemporary “bespoke” refers to the fine art of custom tailoring. A bespoke tailor is a rare breed in the wedding industry. That’s why we’re so excited to acquaint you with Lisa Krizner-George, designer, artist, entrepreneur and proprietress of Vanilla Pink.
Lisa’s passion for custom design is her inheritance. Born into a family of women who for generations took delight in the art of fine sewing, the skill passed on to Lisa as a child.
Armed with a degree from the Rodgers and Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Lisa began her career as a design assistant with an upscale boutique, focusing on evening wear and vintage clothing. A 1991 move to New York with a thirst for fresh design ideas and techniques evolved into a decade-long opportunity to work with leading designers as a draper for Broadway plays, charged with taking the designer’s ideas from sketch to stage.
You may have seen her work, if you were fortunate enough to see The Producers (both Broadway and film), Wicked, Spamalot, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Oklahoma, Fiddler On the Roof, 42nd Street, Nine, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast on Broadway during that time. Impressive! But as exciting as her life in New York proved to be, Lisa still longed to make her own designs from her own sketches – to make “clothing worthy of memories.”
As often happens when one focuses on what they love doing best, today Lisa works from her own studio, conceptualizing, designing and completing her intricately detailed designs for discerning brides from her own sketches.
You can see her passion in the exquisite details, right down to the hand-sewn labels and the extra added touches of personal memory sewn into the designs.
The creative process that goes into these one-of-a-kind designs begins with a meeting, a sharing of ideas, the genesis of a highly personalized, custom tailored wedding gown.
The final fabrics chosen, whether vintage or contemporary, might be duchess satin, silk crepe and matelassé, chiffon, silk gazar, and lace, often imported from France and Italy. Hand-beading and hand-embroidery may add a touch of whimsy or a bit of delicacy in the detailing.
Silk linings and hand-finishing ensure impeccable fit. If you want to learn more about Lisa’s exquisite bespoke designs (and you know you do), please visit Vanilla Pink – a simply gorgeous website – perfect for showcasing the amazing artistry of this talented designer.
Suggested favors for the bespoke bride? Why elegant wedding favors, of course!