Monvieve is a haute couture bridal accessory company based in New York and Italy.
Elegant and definitive, the collection includes both bespoke veils from Italy and couture headpieces from France. Representing the highest levels of European traditions, the unforgettable heirloom veil collection expresses luxury in both exquisite fabrications and workmanship, while the headpieces confer the sophistication and glamour of French couture. Drawing upon the industry’s premium offerings, magnificent Chantilly lace is created in the finest French houses and silks/tulles are custom developed in Italy. Maintaining complete creative discretion to source, design and manufacture with exclusive resources and master artisans, Monvieve looks to the future of dressing brides worldwide.
THE NEW YORK SHOWROOM
Where does the best of Made in Italy and Made in France find a home in NY?
Welcome to 130 W 57th… a landmarked Art Nouveau building where designers, directors and artists have lived and worked over the last 111 years. Finding inspiration in a place that was the center of artistic activities, Monvieve’s ethos of design, heritage and heirloom has come home.
Located on the south side of 57th Street, the tall, projecting bay windows set in geometrically ornamented cast iron frames bring the north light so prized by artists, and suggest the unique spatial arrangement in the building. Built in 1907/8 to provide living and working facilities for artists, the studio building at 130 West 57th is a rare surviving example of this unusual building type, and a reminder of the early 20th century when West 57th was a center of artistic activities. Surrounded by the Arts Studio League, Carnegie Hall, The Directors Guild and many other sites devoted to the arts, its distinguished history of tenants include Ray Charles, Woody Allen, William Dean Howells and Childe Hassam—in whose works the distinctive trapezoidal windows appear.
From a place where the Rolling Stones practiced and Katherine Hepburn and Orson Welles congregated, to the prolific legacy of a preeminent American Impressionist, 130 West 57th is a source of great inspiration and the quintessential base for our bespoke collections.
Driven by a sophisticated aesthetic, Monvieve represents a sublime beauty that stands apart from the crowd. Finding inspiration in an extremely discerning client that expects a certain savoir-vivre and exclusivity from her bridal attire, Monvieve is the essence of Milanese refinement and Parisian chic.
Favoring the eye without neglecting touch or emotion, Monvieve fully understands that a product must be original to resonate with a bride. Innovation starts with creativity and design, premised with a deep respect for craft and technique. At Monvieve, quality of workmanship and materials reign front and center.
Combined with meticulous research and an eye that delights in the details, a Monvieve is a product like no other. Straight off the couture runway, the headpieces reimagine horsehair and precious materials, while proprietary methods work historic laces with contemporary mediums. The bespoke veil collection also honors this sensibility as truly luxurious Chantilly lace, experimental techniques and old world Italian craftsmanship make them not only today’s interpretation of modern elegance, but true pieces of art. And befitting of the Monvieve philosophy, these new methods of working lace and other experimental processes, evolves an aesthetic apart from the mass: luminous tulles and silks defy definitions as both contemporary and centuries old/archived lace patterns come together in these unique wedding veils and accessories to create emotion and enchantment.
Fully produced by hand in Italy, every piece is made to order. Possibilities are endless and customization is a common request.
‘All visual processes subscribe to the same vernacular. Coming from a fine arts background, I have learned to trust in my artistic method, instinctively applying this language to fashion design and conceptualizing it at its most rudimentary core… components of color, texture and volume/shape, cognizant that this way of working not only affords the realization of my designs, but also allows for acute editing, manipulation and exploration. Combined with a deep respect for craft, demand for quality and an understanding of technique, it is the knowledge gleaned from trusting in my creative methodology that I have found to be the singular most important experience I have gained thus far, and one that translates impeccably into the world of the high fashion bride.’
The creative force behind AlidioMichelli, Alison Miller brings a designer ready-to-wear/couture background and deep artistic sensibility to the bridal world… one that celebrates bridal as a composite of lifestyle, culture and emotion, and delivers an exciting product with a definitive point of view.
Ivy league fine art trained Miller has her base in the visual arts: she worked at Phillips in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and collaborated in Rome with the late Mario Schifano on numerous projects including the Venice Biennale. Constantly designing clothes, Miller developed a private clientele while living in Europe. Through her travels she gained in-depth knowledge and appreciation for exquisite fabrics while honing her skills alongside Roman tailors, couturiers and artisans. Her fine art background and well informed affinity for architecture and industrial design cemented an aesthetic of clean, sculptural silhouettes grounded in Italian tailoring and couture technique. Upon returning to New York, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and received the graduating fashion show critic’s award.
In 2003 Miller launched her fashion business as the creative director for AlidioMichelli, a luxury women’s designer r-t-w and accessories company located in Florence, Milan and New York. Modern clothes for urban living, they eschewed an understated elegance through high, directional design premised with a sophisticated, downtown edge. Highly received, the collections were distributed worldwide.
While at AlidioMichelli, Miller received critical awards, including being honored in 2008 by the Camera Nazionale della Moda in Milan, and awarded ‘The Best of Made in Italy’; Villa Borghese, Rome. Recognized for efforts grounded in research and technique, as well as an ongoing commitment to the highest levels of quality, AlidioMichelli was chosen as the first womenswear company to use the rarest luxury fabric in the world- an extraordinary cashmere with truly innovative properties. The collection was previewed during Milan Fashion Week and later presented on behalf of the Canadian Government at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino. AlidioMichelli was also selected to participate in NY/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week events such as The Red Dress campaign.
Miller always offered a special couture/made to measure bridal service (gowns, headpieces and accessories) directly out of her showrooms in Florence and Milan. Primarily servicing European brides, word of mouth garnered a growing American business. It was upon client request that Monvieve was born… and the commitment to bring to market the couture bridal accessories that were once available only to select private clientele.
Today, Miller serves as the creative director of Monvieve and oversees all design, sourcing and production.