I’m always captivated by celebrity weddings with a special focus on the bride’s dress. Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello got married today in a highly anticipated lavish ceremony at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
The whole weekend had an array of festivities celebrating the wedding of the celebrity couple. Fans could follow the hashtag #Jofia to get details of the exclusive event. Many have been following the hashtag to see The Gown.
Last month it was revealed Vergara would wear a custom couture gown by Zuhair Murad. This was no surprise as the actress has been wearing his designs at A-list events including the Emmys, Globes and Oscar events.
Vogue.com was able to speak to Murad by phone to get details about the stunning wedding gown for Vergara’s special day.
Brace yourself with these facts and figures!
Firstly the dress had 1657 hours of labour involved in producing the gown and this included 32 atelier employees working on the gown. There were approximately 11 pounds of sequins, approximately 6.6 pounds of pearls and 350 crystals.
The separate overskirt is a wedding dress trend that Sofia was keen to embrace. Murad designed an impressive Baroque-embroidered overskirt worn on Sofia’s big day. The designer told Vogue.com, “It’s a fitted dress because we wanted to see her beautiful curves but at the same time there is the removable outerskirt so later on she can remove the ball gown skirt. We wanted something very spectacular and grandiose.” We agree that the overskirt was definitely grandiose.
The dress design had roots from an earlier Murad Runway Collection, more specifically Murad’s Spring 2013 Couture Collection. It was “inspired by the frescoes of European, especially Roman, churches,” Murad said. The dress was a modern take on the ancient trend of the Baroque period.
In terms of meeting Vergara to collaborate on the gown design, Murad admits they didn’t have an occasion to meet because of busy schedules, but they did work on a daily basis to get the right look for the gown. Murad’s team collaborated with Vergara’s team over sketches, embroidery samples and fittings. Murad and Vergara spoke on the phone several times to ensure the design was what Vergara ‘dreamed’. Murad’s experience dressing Vergara before to A-list events helped with the design process. “I know very well her style, and so I wanted something very special, very sexy, and at the same time very classic, because it’s a wedding gown.” He told vogue.com.
There were geographical challenges in the creation of the gown. The dress was produced between two ateliers – one in Paris and the other in Beirut. It was a huge effort Murad admits but ‘she deserves it.’
The dress was definitely breathtaking.