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The Celestial Bride by Sandra Mansour

The Celestial Bride by Sandra Mansour

Belonging or relating to heaven.

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Sandra Mansour’s debut Bridal collection L’Ombre d’Un Miracle caught my attention as I was grasping for something soulful to catch my eye amidst the chaos that is PFW. I came across an image of a young and ethereal bride laying calmly on a burgundy velvet and gold embellished bed; the presentation of the collection was almost Shakespearean in its theatrical and whimsical air.

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The floating fabrics of tulle, satin, sequins, crystals and feathered tones of cream and off-white finally presented us - the Arab female, given the designer’s Lebanese roots - with a bride that does not conform to Cinderella’s story. These are gowns we seldom see in our region, their simultaneous opulence and subtly are paradoxical. They leave the viewer speechless.

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These are women dressed in gowns that elevate and accentuate their femininity, with fabrics and patterns that engulf them in such a sense of aloof beauty that its mystery inevitably draws you in.

They looked untouchable, playing chess amongst bookshelves and vintage desks, the collection was inspired by The Book of Miracles, a Renaissance manuscript filled with watercolor depictions of folkloric tales and heavenly events.

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“We really wanted to dream,” Mansour says of this range, which is resplendent with gold embroidery and billowing veils.

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Sandra Mansour Bridal is truly a dream to behold.

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you must want
to spend the rest of your life
with yourself
first
— Rupi Kaur
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