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October 2023

Nadia Manjarrez Fall/Winter 2024 Bridal Collection

Nadia Manjarrez’s Fall 2024 Bridal Collection is coloured by the beautiful stained glass windows of the Mexican church La Lomita.

For Nadia Manjarrez’s Fall 2024 bridal collection, the designer takes inspiration from her own wedding in the Mexican church La Lomita, which is resplendent with stained glass windows that vividly depict the miraculous story of the Mexican Virgin Maria de Guadalupe. The narrative unfolds when the Virgin implores a humble farmer to deliver a bouquet of flowers to the town below, and as the flowers fall to the ground, her divine image materialises, revealing her existence to the world.

Nadia Manjarrez fondly recalls her childhood, where every Sunday was an exploration of faith and family traditions. “I grew up attending a traditional church; religion has always been a significant aspect of my cultural and family life. During my childhood, our Sundays revolved around church, followed by a family breakfast. I spent every Sunday gazing at those stained-glass windows,” she reminisces.

From this deep-seated reverence for stained glass artistry, Nadia’s latest collection takes its roots. The gowns in the Fall/Winter 2024 Collection embrace sweet, nostalgic silhouettes and fabrications, mirroring the ethereal beauty of stained glass windows. Cascading appliqued flowers pay homage to the resplendent windows of La Lomita, and contrasting black floral embroidery reflects the black grisaille paint used in stained glass windows, offering a contemporary twist to the traditional motifs.

Continuing her focus on modular and transformative designs, Nadia Manjarrez offers brides versatility and the freedom to express their individuality, with a zip-off mermaid skirt that gracefully transforms into a chic mini dress, while corseted tops invite brides to pair them with a ball skirt, pants, or a mini skirt. Long-sleeve lace toppers elegantly tuck within a strapless gown, enabling brides to adopt a more traditional, conservative look for the ceremony which can then easily be removed for the celebrations that follow.

Emy is an Italian tulle hand-pleated plunge V-neck trumpet gown with blush and white floral side embroidery, which transforms into a cocktail dress by detaching its tulle mermaid skirt.

Laura is a strapless gown crafted out of delicately embroidered cosmos tulle, with a notched neckline and exposed boning. Detachable puffy, sheer, off-shoulder sleeves add romance and whimsy to the look.

Matilde is an ethereal Italian tulle drop waist bustier ball gown with exposed boning, a hand-draped bodice, and fluffy 3D floral whimsically blooming on the skirt. A matching cathedral veil also dripping with handmade flowers complete the look.

Veronica is a recycled taffeta drop waist gown with a square neckline and pockets. Its clean and classic lines work surprisingly well with detachable exaggerated bows with floor length laces.

The most literal translation of the Virgin’s story, Lucy is a silk file strapless gown with a seamless centre front waistline, pockets, and a detachable matching cape adorned with huge, handmade cosmos flowers.

Valeria is a modular iridescent flora filcoupe bustier with an exaggerated hip, which can be paired with a circular ball gown skirt or straight leg pants.

A much more elegant modular bridal option is Estefania, an Italian duchesse crepe bustier with a side hip peplum that can be paired with a straight tailored skirt with a centre back slit and matching stole with hand-beaded cosmos appliqué. The bustier can also be worn with a circular mini skirt for a minimal look.

Theresa is an Italian satin crepe strapless gown with a long, fluid train and crinkled silk chiffon back laces. For a modest cover up, it’s worn with a high-necked, long-sleeved French cotton lace bolero.

Jeanette is a strapless, white silk organza gown with a straight neckline, stunningly embroidered all over with black cosmos fine art drawings, worn with a matching cape adorned with 3D black silk organza flowers.

Claudia is a French cotton ordered lace halter gown with skirt godets, and a mock neck. For added drama, it can be paired with a detachable lace train and a matching Mantilla veil.

Nadia Manjarrez’s Fall/Winter 2024 Bridal Collection features gowns that are both contemporary in design and rooted in heritage. Inspired by the majestic stained glass narratives in La Lomita, the collection was crafted to tell a story of love’s transformative power.

Credits: Images courtesy of Nadia Manjarrez

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Nadia Manjarrez Fall/Winter 2024 Bridal Collection