"Designing in Ivory and White: Suzanne Perron Gowns from the Inside Out"
LSU Press, March 2012
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
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. Purchase Book
Town & Country Weddings, Fall/Winter
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. View
the entire article.
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. more...
"2007 Hall of distinction"
LSU Alumni Magazine, Summer 2007
Suzanne Perron is named LSU's 2007 Alumnus
of the Year. View
"newcomers embrace retailing in new Orleans"
Women's Wear Daily, February 20,
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. View
the entire article.
"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. more...