The name "Suzanne Perron" is synonymous with exquisite detail. Her expertly tailored gowns—worn at the elaborate balls of Mardi Gras and down the aisle at New Orleans weddings—draw from the legacy of couture design. After years working alongside Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui, and Ralph Rucci in New York, Louisiana native Perron returned home in 2005 to open her own custom design business, specializing in once-in-a-lifetime gowns for brides, debutantes, and Mardi Gras royalty.
Designing in Ivory and White captures the rise of this talented designer, from her first Singer sewing machine to her success on Seventh Avenue to her post-Katrina move to a city in need of "something beautiful," as well as her design technique and meticulous craft. In addition to her personal story, Perron shares her process from the inside out— including her methods for creating crinolines and foundations; using draping and pattern making to transform a sketch into a three-dimensional form; manipulating fabric into pleats, pintucks, and folds; and hand sewing intricate beading, lace, embroidery, and flawless hems.
Her techniques and breathtaking artistry are realized through a showcase of sixteen Suzanne Perron designs. Full-length and detail shots illustrate Perron’s gorgeous silhouettes and masterful handwork. Each gown also has a story that illuminates the client experience from the first sketch to the final fitting.
Designing in Ivory and White serves as a testament to the ambition and skill required to design unique dresses, and will provide inspiration for independent designers, sewing hobbyists, and all who admire couture fashion
Town & Country
Town & Country Weddings, Fall/Winter 2007
For authentic couture, book an appointment at Suzanne Perron, a Parisian-style studio on New Orlean's Magazine Street. Originally from Louisiana, Perron worked for more than a decade in New York with Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui and Vera Wang before returning home to open a salon specializing in what she calls "once-in-a-lifetime gowns in white and ivory," suitable for lavish weddings or debutante and Mardi Gras balls. When consulting with a client, she sketches on an antique drafting table, then constructs a boned foundation in the woman's exact measurements and creates a muslin prototype. "My gowns are built from the inside out, as opposed to ones off the rack, which are often ordered a size too large and taken in," Perron explains. The dresses are sewn by hand and can be adorned with crystals, silk rosettes or lace salvaged from family heirlooms.
Forbes.com, September 2006
After spending 13 years under the tutelage of top fashion designers, including Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera, Suzanne Perron knew she was ready to launch her own line of bridal gowns. She decided her hometown of New Orleans--the city of oversized weddings, Carnival galas and debutante balls--would be the perfect place to launch it. "It's a culture where everyone dresses up and celebrates," Perron says. With few locally designed gowns available, most of the city's well-heeled residents fly to New York when they need wedding dresses or ball gowns. Or, they purchase them from stores that import New York designers, like Vera Wang's New Orleans boutique, which Perron's business partner, Jenny Aschaffenburg Williamson, once managed. Perron thought the city's brides and debutantes would flock to a local designer.
"2007 HALL OF DISTINCTION"
LSU Alumni Magazine, Summer 2007
Suzanne Perron is named LSU's 2007 Alumnus of the Year.
"NEWCOMERS EMBRACE RETAILING IN NEW ORLEANS"
Women's Wear Daily, February 20, 2007
On a six-mile stretch of Magazine Street fillled with cafes and galleries, more than a dozen shops have opened in the last two months; over half are women's ready-to-wear boutiques. Merchandise ranges from mid-price to a coutrue design studio where Suzanne Perron specializes in $5,000 to $8,000 gowns.
"MINGLING WITH LEGENDS"
225, January 2007
To even the most ambitious young hopeful, the fashion industry looms large, a metropolitan massive of big-city business: New York City, Paris and Milan. It is elusive, exclusive, expensive and, for those reasons, absolutely fascinating. Louisiana native Suzanne Perron knows all about it, having risen through the fashion world to work for celebrity designers Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and Anna Sui, to name a few. .