Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal Blends Tradition with Haute Couture

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For the Spring 2024 Collection, Nadia Manjarrez Bridal celebrates the diverse culture of Mexico, paying tribute to the strong and resilient women who have played an instrumental role in shaping the country’s history and contributed to its legacy. Nadia Manjarrez, the founder and CEO of Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal, dove into the past, exploring the stories of remarkable individuals such as Malinche, a Nahua woman who was offered as a slave to the Spanish colonizer Hernan Cortés. Despite her difficult circumstances, Malinche learned the Spanish language and became a key translator, helping to bridge the gap between the two cultures and mitigate violence through communication. To honor her legacy, Manjarrez named the most versatile dress in this collection after her: a breathtaking ball gown made from recycled moirè with a mesmerizing wavy pattern that can be transformed into a cocktail dress.

This collection also features a homage to Adela Velarde, the visionary creator of the “Las Adelitas,” the first female soldiers who bravely fought in the Mexican Revolution. These women defied gender norms by carrying ammunition and guns, and provided valuable support to their fellow soldiers as nurses, cooks and helpers. The Adela dress features a gorgeous tulle ball skirt with a halter rose Chantilly lace as an ode to their courageous spirit. The dress also allows for versatility with its removable sleeves and the ability to transform into a Chantilly cocktail dress. The iconic Frida Kahlo, known for her stunning art, unapologetic style and signature floral crown, served as the inspiration for the floral beaded “Frida” dress. Manjarrez drew inspiration from the traditional Oaxacan dress known as the “Tehuanas,” popularized by actresses such as Dolores del Rio, Maria Felix and Frida Kahlo. The skirt shape of this dress has been adapted into a contemporary design and incorporated into several of the pieces in this collection. This season also features embroidered tulle with silk organza laser-cut flowers inspired by traditional Mexican embroidery techniques and a mantilla-style veil, reminiscent of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a Mexican poet and nun who inspired the feminist movement with her work challenging gender norms.

Thick silk satin crepes were used with minimalistic silhouettes that can be paired with accessories such as Juana or Josefina. The latter is a triple V stretch crepe dress with French Chantilly applications that can be paired with a Chantilly bolero. The Josefina dress is named after Manjarrez’s grandmother-in-law, a skilled seamstress who sewed up until the end of her life. Her 80-year-old sewing machine was gifted to Manjarrez this past year and added to the brand’s atelier in Mexico. Its vintage stitching techniques have inspired the picot edges seen on dresses including “Anna,” a stunning crinkled silk chiffon dress with a draped bodice that transforms into an airy skirt. The Genesis dress is made from a rose brocade crepe with long puff sleeves, while the green Elisa dress takes inspiration from the Palenqueras, the women who work in the creation of mezcal in rural areas of Mexico, particularly Oaxaca. These women are responsible for processing the agave and turning them into mezcal. A Little About the Designer Nadia Manjarrez was born and raised in Mexico in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa.

As one of four children, her mother often designed and sewed clothes for her and her siblings. Teaching Manjarrez how to sew at the age of six sparked her interest in fashion, but Manjarrez aspired to be an astronaut. That was until she realized she could turn her hobby of making doll clothes into a design career. Manjarrez pursued an education in fashion and received a degree in Fashion and Textile Design from the University of Monterrey. In 2011 she moved to New York for a design internship with couture designer Bibhu Mohapatra. Following her internship, she went on to work for notable luxury eveningwear brands including Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Cushnie et Ochs, and David Meister.

In 2017, while working for JS Group, she was given the opportunity to create a new non-traditional eveningwear brand, Flor et.al where she served as the development designer. Working as one of the three key designers behind the brand provided a design and production know-how that she was able to apply when launching Nadia Manjarrez Studio Bridal.