It Took 20 People an Entire Year to Create Hailey Baldwin's Off-White Wedding Dress and Veil
The bride and design team opened up about the garments' creation in a new interview.
Exactly a week to the day of her second wedding in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, Hailey Baldwin revealed her ceremony wedding dress. With a mermaid silhouette, the lace, off-the-shoulder gown, designed by Off-White melded the classic and the contemporary—with a dose of Baldwin's signature style (she's a longtime fan of the form-fitting look!). The model also wore a veil down the aisle, though her interpretation of the traditional accessory was anything but; according to People, designer Virgil Abhol's signature block lettering was added to the edges, spelling out a sweet sentiment: "Till Death Do Us Part."
Baldwin released three images of the garment, taken by photographer Corey Tenold, on Instagram. The first in the series showcased the full gown—and spotlighted the bride's best accessory (her husband, Justin Bieber). "Last Monday was the most special day of my life," she captioned the image.
The second snapshot shows Baldwin posing along the venue's grounds during her bridal portraits, smiling off into the distance (this image better showed off the veil's pretty floral appliqués, which matched the dress' lace fabric). As for the third post? This one (a photo carousel!) was reminiscent of the other photobooth captures the couple shared almost immediately after tying the knot last week—it did, however, give the model's fans a look at the (open) back of the gown, which plunged down to the bride's waist. The second image in the series provided a better view of the couple's Tiffany & Co. wedding bands.
Baldwin also took the time to thank Abloh for creating her big-day look. "Thank you for making my vision come to life and for creating my dream dress," she wrote to the designer. "You and your @off__white team are incredible and I'm forever grateful I got to wear your beautiful creation."
In an interview with Vogue, Baldwin touched more on her relationship with Abloh, noting that she always know that he'd be the one to ideate and create her big-day look. "From day one, I said I wanted Virgil," she explained. "I didn't want somebody who was a wedding dress designer. I just feel like my style and my street style is such a part of who I am and Virgil has always been in my corner since the beginning."
The designer then revealed to the outlet that he'd never (not once!) created a wedding dress prior to the model's. "This would be the first [dress I've done] for a wedding, especially for a close friend," Abloh said. "For Hailey, I wanted something fun and youthful, but still traditional. What I think is most important for her on this day is showcasing the woman that she is. I've known Justin for a couple of years as well too and I wanted to make something that made him look in Hailey's eyes and see that she's the most beautiful woman for him."
Abloh also elaborated on the gown's design process—10 people worked on the garment itself, while an additional 10 created the veil. The first iteration of the dress was born last year in Milan; Abloh teamed up with Off-White women's head designer Sabrina Mandelli for the project. "All of the upper part is this classical embroidery with flowers, but you will also see some of what are typical Off-White symbols like the arrow," Mandelli explained. "To make something really classical with some symbols that are of the street, that's why this is Off-White."