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Spring 2024

Nadia Manjarrez Bridal

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Bridal April 2023
Wed - Apr 12, 2023 9:00 am EDT

For my Spring 2024 Collection, I wanted to celebrate the diverse culture of Mexico, paying tribute to the strong and resilient women who have played an instrumental role in shaping the country's history and contributed to its legacy.

I dove into the past, exploring the stories of remarkable individuals such as Malinche, a Nahua woman who was offered as a slave to the Spanish colonizer Hernan Cortés. Despite her difficult circumstances, Malinche learned the Spanish language and became a key translator, helping to bridge the gap between the two cultures and mitigate violence through communication. To honor her legacy, I named the most versatile dress in this collection after her - a breathtaking ball gown made from recycled moirè with a mesmerizing wavy pattern that can be transformed into a cocktail dress.

I also pay homage to Adela Velarde, the visionary creator of the "Las Adelitas," the first female soldiers who bravely fought in the Mexican Revolution. These women defied gender norms by carrying ammunition and guns, and provided valuable support to their fellow soldiers as nurses, cooks, and helpers. The Adela dress features a gorgeous tulle ball skirt with a halter rose Chantilly lace as an ode to their courageous spirit. The dress also allows for versatility with its removable sleeves and the ability to transform into a Chantilly cocktail dress.

The iconic Frida Kahlo, known for her stunning art, unapologetic style and signature floral crown, served as the inspiration for the floral beaded "Frida" dress. I also drew inspiration from the traditional Oaxacan dress known as the "Tehuanas," popularized by actresses such as Dolores del Rio, Maria Felix, and Frida Kahlo. The skirt shape of this dress has been adapted into a contemporary design and incorporated into several of the pieces in this collection.

This season also features embroidered tulle with silk organza laser-cut flowers inspired by traditional Mexican embroidery techniques as well as a mantilla-style veil, reminiscent of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a Mexican poet and nun who inspired the feminist movement with her work challenging gender norms.

I used thick silk satin crepes with minimalistic silhouettes that can be paired with accessories such as Juana or Josefina. The latter is a triple V stretch crepe dress with French Chantilly applications that can be paired with a Chantilly bolero. The Josefina dress is named after my grandmother-in-law, a skilled seamstress who sewed up until the end of her life. Her 80-year-old sewing machine was gifted to me this past year and added to my atelier in Mexico. Its vintage stitching techniques have inspired the picot edges seen on dresses including "Anna," a stunning crinkled silk chiffon dress with a draped bodice that transforms into an airy skirt.

The Genesis dress is made from a rose brocade crepe with puff long sleeves, while the green Elisa dress takes inspiration from the Palenqueras - the women who work in the creation of mezcal in rural areas of Mexico, particularly Oaxaca. These women are responsible for processing the agave and turning them into mezcal.

Spring 2024 Collection

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Malinche is a strapless mini dress with side draped skirt. The dress is made of recycled wavy moirè and has a removable draped sleeve. This look transforms into a full gown by adding on the ball skirt. The ball skirt features a front opening and invisible zipper closure.

Adela is a lace halter bustier top with scalloped peplum paired with an Italian tulle ball skirt, featuring removable puff sleeves and lace shoulder extensions. The look can be transformed into a mini dress by removing the sleeves for a halter gown or removing the ball skirt to create a side draped, high slit mini dress.

Frida is a V neck beaded gown with a low back. This look is paired with the Griselda Veil, an Italian tulle veil with pleated edges. Frida also comes with a removable tulle train.

Josefina is a stretch crepe V neck gown with Chantilly lace details. This look can be paired with a Chantilly lace bolero blouse with back covered buttons.

Genesis is a rose brocade crepe gown with a full skirt. The gown features pleated tulle cutouts in the front and sides. This look can also be paired with puffed long sleeves.

Elisa is a draped sweetheart strapless gown made of Italian tulle. The dress features a back slit and comes with a removable tulle flounce overskirt.

Juana is a silk satin crepe gown with a side slit and 20” long train. The dress transforms when paired with removable draped off-the-shoulder pieces. The look is shown with the Rosario veil, a French rose appliqué mantilla veil in Italian tulle. As an alternative, this look is shown with the Diana Cape, an Italian tulle ruched cape with beaded appliqués.

Dolores is a strapless bustier top that can be paired with the Dolores pant or the Dolores skirt. The Dolores skirt is a Tulip laser cut embroidered tulle, silk organza ball skirt with circular yoke. This style features a separating zipper. The Dolores pant is a Tulip laser cut embroidered tulle, silk organza straight pant with a peplum. The Dolores bustier and skirt are also shown here with an Italian tulle stole with embroidered Tulip tulle appliqués.

Ana is a silk crinkled chiffon, hand-draped gown with picot edge flounces. The gown features a drop waist bobinette bodice and silk crinkled chiffon draped bow.

Chabela is a strapless pencil gown made with Italian wildflower printed chinée. The gown has a low back and removable bow and train.

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