We chatted with FIDM Grad and bridal and special occasion designer Liz Fields, who's making women's dreams come true with deeply fabulous bridal and special occasion dresses. Here's what she had to say about her evening gowns, FIDM education, and accessorizing a formal look. --Angel
How did you get into the bridal industry?
LF: Growing up, my father created a database computer program for a big name in the special occasion industry and it spread from company to company. He became a fixture in these company's factories, bringing me to work with him where I would be left with the designers to play and sketch.
LF: Sophia Loren - past or present, she embodies class, elegance, and sex appeal for me. If I could dress all women, they would all dress in a way that makes them feel like Sophia Loren. I think that she proves that you do not have to be stick-thin to be attractive. She is a curvaceous, real woman. What a beauty!
How has your FIDM education helped in your field?
LF: I am really proud of my FIDM education. I really believe that I owe my my understanding of garment construction and fit to Ms. Fischer, my patternmaking teacher. I also took a lot away as far as flat sketching and communication to sewers and factories. When you work with overseas factories, the communication through language can have its barriers but if you understand how to communicate what you want through sketching then you are all set!
What makes your designs stand out from other bridal and bridesmaids gowns?
LF: I have a really romantic, sensitive sense of style and I love clean lines and historic details, which I think give most of my gowns a vintage look with a modern twist. All of the dresses and gowns are offered in sizes 0-28.
Why are your bridesmaids gowns also suitable for Prom?
LF: I design my bridesmaid dresses without thinking of them as bridesmaid dresses. First I design the dresses that my friends would want to wear, then I tweak them to make them more compatible for different sizes and shapes. My dresses are moderately priced, and they are customizable with detachable details, choices of length, and choice of over 900 color combinations, which make them perfect for a Prom girl that is looking for something different. What can be more unique than customizing your own Prom dress?
What are the necessary accessories to complete a formal look?
LF: If you're wearing a strapless gown, opt for a statement necklace and more understated earrings. You never want each piece to be a statement piece. If your dress has a lot of details, go with some drop earrings and skip the other jewelry, as to not distract from the beauty of your gown. If when you look in the mirror, your eyes do not focus anywhere but keep bouncing from item to item, you should probably take something off.
What else should customers know about Liz Fields?
LF: I am always accessible and plan to stay that way, whether it is through email (LizFields@LizFields.com), Facebook (Facebook.com/byLizFields) or Twitter (Twitter.com/byLizFields), women can always share stories and ask for tips.
Learn more about Liz Fields gowns and find out where you can buy your own for Prom at www.LizFields.com.
And check out this behind-the-scenes video of a Liz Fields photo shoot: