Marie Claire contributing editor Nicolette Mason created the wedding dress of her dreams with a little help from her designer pal. Come see all the sparkly, shimmery, golden gorgeousness.More
I first met Christian Siriano nearly six years ago, when I was writing for Vogue Italia. After interviewing him, we became fast friends. I've developed an even greater love, respect, and admiration for him—not just as a person, but as a designer. He really creates magic with fabric, and seeing his red-carpet looks for women of all shapes and sizes, I knew he could create something stunning for my non-sample-size frame.
Like many brides-to-be, I had an idea of what my dream dress would look like (check out my trip to Kleinfeld here). But for the most part, I took my very disjointed sources of inspiration and trusted Christian to bring it all together. Because we've been friends for years, there was an automatic shorthand to the way we communicate —and working with a designer who already knows my personal style, my personality, and the way I typically dress was a huge advantage. My mind and nerves were also totally at ease because Christian has such a fluency designing for lots of different body types. Not many designers can do that, but I think it's what sets him apart!