Brides.com Exclusive: Carolina Herrera on Designing for Twilight

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In our exclusive interview with Carolina Herrera, the fashion designer dishes on the details of her highly anticipated Breaking Dawn wedding dress. After the jump, find out how she got involved in The Twilight Saga and what inspired her unique design. —Stephanie Davila

Brides.com: We were so excited to finally see Bella and Edward get married in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. Describe the wedding gown you designed for Kristen Stewart's character.
Carolina Herrera: The dress is made from crepe satin. In the front there are two inserts finished with top stitching in silk thread. The neckline is a slight V, just enough to see the collar bones. The back is an opened oval shape veiled in tulle with a Chantilly lace border. The Chantilly lace was made especially for the dress.

Were you familiar with Twilight beforehand? Did you take any cues from Bella's personality before designing the dress?
Yes, I read the books and saw the films, and have been a fan ever since.

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How did you get involved in this movie?
I know Stephenie [Meyer] as she has been a great fan of Carolina Herrera. She asked me if I would consider designing the gown for Bella's wedding and I, of course, agreed to be part of this fantastic project.

Tell us about the design process. Was it a collaborative effort or did you have complete artistic license?
The whole process took about six months. I had the freedom to conceptualize and realize Stephenie [Meyer]'s vision of Bella's gown and was, of course, inspired by the description of the gown in the book. I took into consideration the personality and the style of Bella as well as adding the touch of Herrera. I wanted to create something special for her to wear on that magical day.

What else can you tell us about gown and your inspiration behind it?
There are two yards of Chantilly lace used on the back of the gown and the sleeves. There are 152 covered buttons on the back and 17 on each sleeve. Although crepe satin is not often used in bridal, I thought it was the perfect fabric for this dress considering the 1920's inspiration and the romantic silhouette I was going for.

Will real brides be able to purchase this gown?
The dress will be offered at Carolina Herrera New York boutiques (See her complete Fall 2012 collection here) located in New York, Los Angeles, Bal Harbour, and Dallas in January 2012. Just as the one for the movie was constructed, it will be a couture piece made entirely by hand.

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