Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour’s first ready-to-wear bridal collection, L’Ombre d’Un Miracle, was inspired by The Book of Miracles, a Renaissance manuscript filled with watercolor depictions of folkloric tales and heavenly events. “We really wanted to dream,” Mansour says of this range, which is resplendent with gold embroidery and soft, dreamlike fabrics. For the Vent Celeste dress, the designer pleated silk-organza in a dramatic fashion to emphasize visual femininity, while her Pétale Dans Le Ciel dress portrays a fallen bouquet of flowers. The range also includes a seemingly stained gown with a yellow undertone to signify a vintage feel and the luminous, gothic appeal of the Renaissance. Mansour emphasizes textures and fabrics by incorporating antique thread and hand embroidery She also subverts the traditional wedding-gown narrative by including pants and pencil skirts; a silhouette not readily associated with brides. The veils, on the other hand, might be a small detail but exaggerate the entire look by resembling angel wings.
Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Vogue Arabia
The designer describes the dresses as “a miracle waiting to happen,” with each one “representing a possibility for change and new beginnings.”