Creativity, relentless drive, strong knowledge of garment construction, sketching abilities, and business skills are among the fundamentals a designer should obtain before stepping into the nerve-wracking business of bridal. Luckily, creative director and fashion designer Janice Lee is specializing in creations of a different kind of wedding dress, particularly in dresses that you can customize once more to wear again after your big day. Through her passion project, she has assembled the ultimate guide for brides on how to customize her perfect look while taking on minimal steps.
When choosing boutiques you’d want to visit, consider your time. Nothing is worse than using up every free weekend and spare moment you have for yourself in order to scour endless racks just to feel tired, defeated and dress-less. You don’t want to fall in love with a gown and forget to ask about how long it takes to make, or have it end up being 5 times more than what you had intended to pay for. If you’re paying thousands of dollars, wouldn’t you at least like to have it be a piece that you love that you can actually wear again? Jumping to the rescue is Janice Lee, a fashion designer who ensures that sustainable bridal fashion becomes the new norm. Apart from designing exquisite wedding dresses for her clients, she is offering a solid new feature: customizing your gown into a style that is reintegrated as a part of your wardrobe staples after your big day. This way, you keep adding onto your most special memories.
Janice’s line, Beyond The Ceremony, focuses on designing wedding dresses that are intricately crafted, fashion forward, and sustainable. However, the business is not just about building stunning dresses. On the contrary, she designs thoughtful pieces in which women can feel empowered. Her business is centered around the intent to champion women, working to help women’s rights and equality, on their wedding days, and every day. She wishes to constantly play her part to improve the industry, her company, and better serve women.
The fashion industry, particularly the bridal sphere, is a force that never seems to run out of opportunities for change. So, to integrate social impact as a core part of her business, Janice and her team are joining in on community causes and organizations and look forward to working more with Girls Inc. It is a nonprofit inspiring all girls to be strong, intelligent, and bold. The local Girls Inc. nonprofit organization network serves girls ages 5-18 at more than 1,500 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada. The brand’s programming is delivered by trained professionals who focus on developing the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Here, girls learn to value their authentic selves, discover and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate their challenges. Girls Inc. girls live healthy and active lifestyles and are less likely to engage in risky behavior; they are eager to learn, successful in school, and more likely to graduate from post-secondary education; and they display diligence, perseverance, and resilience.
That’s what you call beauty with brains. Follow Janice Lee for a deeper dive into how the industry is changing and some style forecasts for future brides-to-be.