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A few weeks ago, I was invited to the 2017 Sophisticated Weddings Magazine Release Party at Bridal Reflections’ new store, located in the heart of Manhattan on Fifth Avenue. The entire event was incredibly organized and included some amazing vendors. I was honored to be in the presence of so many talented people from the wedding industry.
Before the doors opened to the guests, I was privileged enough to be one of the few scheduled to interview the one and only, Galia Lahav.
Interview with Galia Lahav
With over 30 years of fashion experience, around 3.5 million social media followers, an haute couture collection introduced during Paris Fashion Week in January 2017, and endless red carpet gowns designed for various celebrities; there is no doubt that the Galia Lahav empire has made its mark in the Bridal and Haute Couture world.
Galia Lahav’s designs are elegant and bold; embellished with intricate details and delicate lace. The amount of hours and attention to detail that go into creating one of these gowns, are priceless.
Galia’s gowns can be found in over 40 stores around the world, including Europe, Australia, and the United States. She opened a flagship store in Los Angeles, where you can find her bridal, eveningwear, and ready-to-wear collections. The couture line prices range from $7,200 to $22,000; for those with a taste for high fashion.
Here’s my exclusive interview with Galia:
Who is Galia Lahav?
I am an Israeli designer, passionate about creating breathtaking bridal gowns and evening-wear dresses that flatter a woman’s body.
What inspires you when designing a collection?
My inspiration is forever changing; based on the trends, clients’ needs, and how I feel before I start designing for a collection. I look for inspiration during my trips around the world; certain fabrics capture my eye and could inspire an entire collection.
How would you describe a Galia Lahav bride?
I will describe our brides as confident, fashionistas with very strong personalities. A bride that is fearless when trying out new trends and is not afraid of standing out in a crowd.
What are the biggest challenges of creating one of your bridal gowns?
For me one of the biggest challenges is to appeal to the classic style bride. Our designs are very risqué, we design wedding dresses that accentuate the woman body and show off their curves.
How long is the entire production for a Galia wedding dress?
It all depends on the particular design, but for the most part around 1 month which for us means about 200 labor hours. The beading detail is what takes the most time, because we need to be very precise during this part of the process. Our dresses are all made in my studio in Tel Aviv, where I have top quality seamstresses constructing each individual gown to perfection.
How would you describe your wedding dresses?
All of my dresses have a personality and are known to be showstoppers. They are made with the top sewing quality by the best seamstresses in Tel Aviv. I hand select the most luxurious fabrics and laces to assemble my dresses to perfection.
Why did you choose Bridal Reflections as the exclusive bridal boutique for your dresses?
When we first came to the United States, Bridal Reflections were the first bridal boutique to believe in us and our bridal style. It was very rare to find wedding dresses that were as edgy and sensual, as ours during that period of time. From our first bridal fashion show in New York, Bridal Reflections opened up their doors to us and we would forever be grateful for that. Our relationship is more like a family at this point, not just a business partnership.
You opened a flagship store in Los Angeles last year. Do you have any future plans of opening a flagship store here, in New York City?
As of right now, I don’t have any intentions of doing so. I am very please with having my dresses at exclusive retail stores, especially at the Bridal Reflections bridal salons. But one could never tell what the future holds, I can’t say it would not be an option down the road.
To view more of Galia’s amazing gowns, visit her site at Galia Lavah or Bridal Reflections to book your appointment.
I hope you enjoyed my interview with Galia Lahav.