By Kelsey Lyons
Galia Lahav is of Russian decent and for the last 30 years she has been creating luxurious haute couture gowns.
Lahav’s dresses are built upon an attempt to redefine fashion for women by creating the world’s “most sought out dresses.” “We wish to combine the fashion industry and the bridal industry and take it one step further and blur the distinction between them,” says Lahav. “There were times when wedding gowns were all more of the same and I believe that in the past decade things have changed. A beautiful haute couture gown shouldn’t be identified with any fashion niche.”
The creation of all Lahav’s dresses start with research and discussions with Pantone about future trends such as tones, colours and fabrics. She says that they spend 20 per cent of their time on research in order to best serve the client’s needs, and current and future trends.
Lahav and her team then attend fabric exhibitions in Paris and once the tone and fabrics have been chosen the creative process begins. “We prepare a moodboard and Sharon, Our Home designer, starts working on several sketches,” Lahav says. “From those sketches we select some and begin to cut, fit and see if the figure is flattering and sexy according to our guidelines.”
Once everything is put in place and decided upon, the team sews and measures again. “One of the most important things for us is how the garment fits the body,” Lahav says. “We have the world’s best decorators and their work by itself is a real work of art. It’s like a drawing, which adds richness and has given our gowns it’s signature detailed appearance we love so much.”
Lahav describes her design style as original and innovative. “We pay lots of attention [to] body contouring and very fitted silhouettes,” she says. The fabrics that Lahav uses are made specifically for her gowns and she says that’s how they can provide both beauty and comfort. Lahav’s dresses are extravagant and they’re made with a combination of special materials and blends and a combination of layers. Which Lahav says is an art in itself. She’s committed to both the client and current worldwide trends. “The product eventually is a blend of unusual and sometimes and very unique point of view.”
Lahav’s Spring 2016 collection will be released soon and Lahav promises “big surprises.” “Dresses [will be] bountiful in silk tulle, embroideries and Chantilly lace, with hints of delicate details, silk and 3D fabric applicants.” For this collection Lahav says that they thought of their brides, whom she wishes to think as ‘Our beautiful royalty ambassadors of the modern age.’