The couture world has welcomed a newcomer to its illustrious ranks in the form of Galia Lahav.
This week, the fashion brand was granted haute couture status by the esteemed Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, placing it in the same category as Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli and Givenchy.
Ahead of its debut couture show in January, here's all you need to know about the brand.
Fashion design was in the Lahav family
Galia Lahav was born in Russia to a family of seamstresses, so it's fair to assume that an acute eye for beauty and detail was in her genes. It was this insight into the inner-workings of garment-making that inspired her to launch her own business.
The company was launched as an embroidery shop
Lahav opened a knitted applique and embroidery shop in her hometown, but as her business evolved she began designing for brides.
Galia Lahav is big news in the bridal world
While Lahav does offer evening gowns, her first foray into fashion design began with wedding dresses back in 1988 – which is still a mainstay of her business. Her aim is to bring red carpet drama to the bridal market; she wants to make every bride feel like a superstar.
An average of 120 hours work goes into each gown
Craftmanship and attention to attention and intricacy are paramount to the brand. Around 1,000 embroidery designs go into creating one final look and more than 10,000 threads are used to create the consequent gown.
The brand has a strong celebrity following
Fans include Serena Williams, Olivia Munn and Michelle Rodriguez.
Via Harper's Bazaar UK