If you haven’t heard of Andrew Kwon yet, we're certain you'll hear all about him soon. A graduate of Parson School of Design, Andrew launched his eponymous bridal line on Valentine’s Day of 2021. In only a few short months, the bridal designer has been publicly praised by Olivia Palermo, has shown his collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week, and has collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman (where his designs are currently available for purchase).
"For me, bridal has always been that moment of turning fantasy into reality. Growing up in several different suburbs across the country, there weren’t a lot of galas or red carpet moments, so I wanted to make those special moments for brides. It’s their moment to shine and to live their dream," shares the designer.
Though Kwon has already made huge strides in bridal fashion, the best is yet to come. Specifically, when asked about the future legacy he'd like to leave, he candidly revealed, "I’m just starting out so, at this moment, I’m treating each step along the way as part of my legacy. I hope my story encourages others, both younger and older, to pursue their dreams. If that positivity of making your dreams your reality becomes synonymous with my label, then I’ll have done my job." We absolutely agree!
Andrew Kwon Collection Four
Andrew Kwon's 2023 collection is intended to make brides feel like red-carpet-ready celebrities, so it's no surprise that Kwon sought inspiration from the iconic Chanel perfume ads featuring Nicole Kidman. The stars of the show this season are the fabrics Kwon incorporated into the styles: guipure lace dusted with crystals; metallic lurex threading; and an ombré palette of Kwon’s signature 3D-floral material. These luxurious, glistening, and sparkling fabrics bring the collection to life, and encapsulate Kwon's own journey of self discovery.
The Cut: Strapless tiered ball gown
The Material: Silk and gauze
The Wow Factor: The high slit
The Cut: Strapless with detached sleeves
The Material: Embroidered lace
The Wow Factor: The embellished, glittering detached sleeves
The Cut: Strapless ball gown
The Material: Lace with embroidery
The Wow Factor: The sweeping lace veil
The Cut: Strapless, above-the-knee
The Material: Lace
The Wow Factor: The off-the-shoulder gauze sleeves
The Cut: Long-sleeve, turtleneck, column
The Material: Silk
The Wow Factor: The torso cut-out
The Cut: Strapless bandeau with a column skirt, tulle overlay
The Material: Tulle and silk
The Wow Factor: The sheer tulle overlay
The Cut: Long-sleeve ball gown
The Material: Lace with embroidery
The Wow Factor: The puff-sleeve shoulders
The Cut: Long sleeve ball gown
The Material: Silk and tulle
The Wow Factor: The skirt slits
The Cut: Off-the-shoulder short gown
The Material: Silk and gauze
The Wow Factor: The gold-leaf pattern
Andrew Kwon Collection 2
Andrew Kwon channeled past, present, and future while dreaming up his latest bridal collection. “I looked back at moments over the past year and how dreams are still possible. How the fantasy becomes reality. And that women still seek beauty," says the designer. The result is a gorgeous array of gowns that range from structured minimalism to dramatic entrance-makers in unexpected colors.
See the designer's innovative take on bridal fashion below.
Who knew yellow could feel so bridal? This gorgeous multi-tiered ballgown will definitely turn heads walking down the aisle. (P.S. if you're feeling less daring, it also comes in white).
The Cut: Ballgown
The Material: Tulle and Silk Organza
The Wow Factor: The color, of course, is the star of this dress, which the brand aptly-named "Whispering Yellow."
Bridal blazer dresses have become a major trend these past few seasons, and Kwon's take on the popular design is absolutely perfect.
The Cut: Blazer dress
The Material: French Guipuire Lace, Silk Satin Organza, and Tulle
The Wow Factor: A bridal blazer dress? Say no more.
Aside from white, blue is arguably one of the most bridal colors. This gorgeous column dress evokes a bright blue sky on a clear summer day, but the gown also comes in white if you're a fan of the classics.
The Cut: Plunging neckline
The Material: Stretch Silk Chiffon and Metallic Lace
The Wow Factor: Found your "something blue."
The Cut: Sweetheart
The Material: Silk Crepe, Satin, and Tulle
The Wow Factor: The shoulder cascade of romantic tulle.
The Cut: Cut-out
The Material: Silk Crepe and Charmeuse
The Wow Factor: The waist-defining velvet trim around the bodice.
The Cut: High neck
The Material: Tulle and Charmeuse
The Wow Factor: This garden-green color! (Traditionalists take note: you can buy it in white too.)
The Cut: Off-the-shoulder
The Material: Stretch Silk Charmeuse
The Wow Factor: Who could resist that floral embroidery on the sleeves and bodice?
The Cut: One Shoulder
The Material: Satin Organza and Tulle
The Wow Factor: A true original, this jumpsuit has its own veil.
Andrew Kwon Collection 1
Music, dance, and mom. These are the main points of inspiration behind Kwon's debut bridal collection—all of which are clearly seen throughout his ethereal and modern designs.
The designer tells Brides "Music and dance have always inspired me and when I was thinking of the first designs for reminiscence—Collection 1, I was listening to some of the most gifted composers including Max Richter’s score for The Leftovers, Carlos Rafael Rivera who did The Queen’s Gambit, and Johann Johannsson’s works for The Theory of Everything." He also adds, "My mom is my ultimate inspiration and muse, and growing up I saw how she used fashion as a vehicle for self-confidence. I hope the Andrew Kwon bride feels just as poised and powerful when she’s walking down the aisle."
Take a look at the gorgeous collection below.
The Cut: A-line gown with a detachable cape.
The Material: A combination of Italian tulles, French laces, and silk charmeuse.
The Wow Factor: The striking removable cape.
The Cut: Column gown.
The Material: A combination of Italian tulles, silk chiffon, and silk charmeuse.
The Wow Factor: The elegance and fluidity of the dress.
The Cut: Ballgown.
The Material: A combination of Italian tulles, crepe de chine, and silk charmeuse.
The Wow Factor: The ruffled skirt and corset bodice.
The Cut: Long sleeve mini dress.
The Material: A combination of French lace and crepe de chine.
The Wow Factor: The high-low element of the dress.
The Cut: Jumpsuit with an embellished cape.
The Material: A combination of French lace, stretch silk chiffons, and silk charmeuse.
The Wow Factor: The jumpsuit design.
The Cut: A-line gown.
The Material: A combination of silk taffeta, crepe de chine, and Italian tulle.
The Wow Factor: The three-dimensional embroidery inside the built-in cape.