The bride-to-be is imbued with anticipation and excitement as she prepares for her upcoming nuptials. She dreams of the perfect wedding dress and the look on her groom's face as he takes his first look at her in her bridal finery. To celebrate this joyous union the bride wishes to surround herself with friends and family as carefully chosen bridesmaids that will share her happiness and reflect her vision of the ideal ceremony. Morilee is an acclaimed name in the bridal industry, with more than six decades of experience in dressing brides and bridesmaids, putting that special sparkle into the festivities. The Morilee by Madeline Gardner collection of full-length, traditional bridesmaid dresses is designed with the finest attention to detail to reflect the taste and vision of the bride, while delighting bridesmaids. Morilee combines traditional style with contemporary designs that are feminine, playful and sexy. The exclusive designs are sassy and sophisticated, and feel wonderful to wear.
Madeline Gardner is an internationally recognized designer who has been the creative genius behind the Morilee brand (newly rebranded from Mori Lee) for over 25 years. Her collections of beautiful and feminine gowns have won the coveted Debi awards. Gardner attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and now designs from her New York Design Studio, taking inspiration from this city of glamour. Her designs reflect her ambition to create not just dresses, but dreams. Her exquisite attention to detail ensures the finest of fits, so important in ensuring your girlfriends feel not only gorgeous but comfortable in their designer creations. Morilee know it is an honor for a woman to be asked to be a part of the bridal party, yet are cognizant of the expense this can entail. With this in mind their collections are always affordable. They also recognize that many women want a dress they can wear more than once and these gowns transition effortlessly from the church ceremony to other special occasions, red carpet and black tie events.
Tradition has it that the concept of bridesmaids originated in Roman times when the law required the couple-to-be to have ten witnesses. To ward off the evil eye and protect the sanctity of the union the witnesses were expected to dress in clothing resembling the bridal attire. In accordance with this tradition many brides were indistinguishable from the members of their party. Modern maids no longer mirror the wedding gown, but wear ensembles that compliment either the gown, the theme or color of the venue. Uniformity among the bridesmaids became standardized over the years, but the recent trend also incorporates a conformist yet less uniform look as well.
This may well be reflected in each maid choosing a gown in a similar style with a different neckline or hemline, or in a subtle array of one color across the shade spectrum. Brides maid dresses created by Madeline Gardner are offered in a selection of up to thirty-two colors. This allows the bride to opt for one color scheme to be represented by bridesmaids in complimentary shades. If the bride opts for purple as her color scheme her maids may wear purple from a palettef of mulberry, grape, eggplant and violet: or the ever popular pink can be lined up in hues of blush, rose petal and fuchsia. Each woman can be outfitted in a dress color to suit her hair color and skin tone. Other colors for all seasons include amethyst and ivory, black and charcoal, claret and cactus, peach and peacock. Another way for a woman to express her individuality in the line-up is to opt for the jersey convertible twist dress stylishly incorporated into the collection.
The Mori Lee bridesmaid collection showcases traditional full-length gowns styled in luxurious fine fabrics such as chiffon, lace and satin. Most of the dresses are fashioned in chiffon or in a combination of lace and chiffon. Each dress is formal or floaty, yet always feminine, fashionable and affordable. Chiffon is the preferred fabric of choice as it is whisper light and airy, allowing grace of movement. It is an ideal fabric selection for all seasons and for both formal and informal weddings. Chiffon flows fabulously down the aisle, photographs like a dream and is cool enough for the bridesmaid to enjoy the fun of the party. Beaded and embroidered lace is used to overlay bodices and create elegant illusion necklines. Madeline Gardner loves to experiment with different textures, techniques and materials. Chiffon works equally well for indoor or outdoor weddings, while touches of lace add an element of intrigue which transitions stunningly to the evening event.
Each bridesmaid gown is carefully designed in a style which accentuates a woman's unique attributes, drawing attention to her finest features. Strapless gowns display beautiful shoulders and deep V-necklines offer a hint of an enticing cleavage. The perennial favorite in silhouettes remains the classic A-line but the collection also includes fit and flares, and trumpets. Lightly gathered skirts flow effortlessly from slightly raised, inverted V-waistlines, and side gathered skirts cascade with asymmetrical overlays. Long dresses with high-low hemlines demonstrate contemporary, playful style and offer a wonderful chance to display a well heeled leg.
Madeline Gardner is skilled in creating bodices with fine pleating and is renowned for stylish straps, including single, double and triple spaghetti. Whilst embellishments are kept to a minimum, there is exquisite use of tasteful ruffles and fine embroidery. Beading is incorporated into lace as it overlays bodices. Covered buttons are tastefully placed on the back of the gowns and matching sashes are used to accentuate slender waistlines. There are beaded crossover straps and delicately scalloped finishes. The backs are never neglected, ensuring a perfect vision of loveliness from every angle. Mori Lee incorporates semi-open backs, keyholes and cutouts, in addition to upper illusions. Neckline choices include jewel and scoop, bateau and sweetheart. One-shoulder dresses display asymmetrical necklines. There is a style for every bridesmaid to fall in love with.
When your BFFs wears a floor-length BM gown she will transition perfectly from a daytime wedding to the fun of the evening. These gowns are an equal delight to behold in a flower filled arbour or twirling with gay abandon on the dance floor. Your bridesmaids will exude confidence, grace and beauty, with their happiness reflecting the total joy of the occasion. They attract admiring glances. One of the highlights of the wedding day is the moment the wedding party poses together for groups photographs. One only needs to peruse online photographs of Mori Lee weddings to appreciate how wonderful the bridesmaids look, inspiring many brides to make the same choice of designer to emulate the wonder of the occasion. The common attribute which shines through from these photographs is the confident ease of the ladies-in-waiting. They are not wearing unloved dresses under duress but celebrating stylishly and light heartedly in gowns which make them look their very best. Their happiness is evident and the bride is delighted in her choices which reflect her own feminine glamour so perfectly. The wedding photographs will reflect the timeless quality of these designs and the times.
Established bridal retailer Madame Bridal has many years of experience in helping brides and bridesmaids to discover the dream dress for the big day and eagerly anticipates introducing each longed for new collection of Morilee bridesmaid dresses. Madame Bridal knows that these gowns add that extra something special to the wedding day, as the dresses bring dreams to life. For a fabulous wedding party who will truly delight in wearing their chosen gowns.