This summer, we are thrilled to launch a series of posts featuring amazing designers that we love. We want to give our readers the ability to create a personal connection with bridal designers by hearing their voice and learning a little bit about the inspiration and creative minds behind the collections.  
Today we feature non other than the fabulous Susan Ruddie of The Wedding Dresser. We have carried her exquisite line of coverups since the day we launched, and her styles are a favorite among our customers. Here’s a look at the woman behind the glamorous shrugs whose passion for feathers comes from years of making headdresses for the Radio City Rockettes!

1. Three adjectives to describe my design aesthetic…

Dramatic, luxurious, cutting-edge classics

2. When I was a child I wanted to become…

An adult so I could do all the fun things grownups were doing in the 70′s.

3. The moment I knew I wanted to be part of the wedding/fashion industry…

When I made my first doll’s dress.  It had lace cap sleeves and rhinestone buttons down the back cut from my grandmothers dress

4. My favorite celebrity wedding dress of all time…

Not a real wedding dress but the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”. It is so fashion forward by today’s standard with sculpted capped sleeves, boat neck, and the New Look silhouette that is so popular  now but looks even better with the dropped waist.

5. In 50 years I imagine brides to be wearing…

A retro turn-of the 20th century look – the mermaid.   Fashions always come around again – we saw the mermaid first in the ’50s, then it made a comeback in the ‘aughts, so will be due

6. My favorite trend in weddings is…

Color!    European designers are leading the way with gowns in soft pastels and prints.

7. The most important thing to me when designing a piece is…

How the Bride will feel when she is wearing my design.

8. I am inspired by…

Movie fashions from the late 30′s thru 50′s, costumes from the Ballet Russe.

9. I focus on accessories because…

A Bride’s accessories are as important as her gown in creating her unique look.  When I began styling my clients I realized there was not much out there for fashion forward Brides,  little in the way of wraps and jackets, and no one doing beautiful gloves just for Brides.

10. My signature piece is…

The first piece I made for the collection – the Ostrich Shrug jacket

About Susan Ruddie

Susan Ruddie has worked for 25 years as a costume designer, costume director, milliner and textile artist.   She designed from off broadway plays, musicals, ballets and operas including Evita, Fiddler in the Roof. and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and The Sound of Music.  She ran the workroom for Grace Costumes and Eric Winterling Costumes where she supervised the construction of costumes for shows including “Little Mermaid”,  “Wicked”, and “Phantom”.
Susan launched her first accessories line under the label Susee Human.   Her hats and hair accessories were featured in Elle and on the cover of WWD; and on the runway for Patricia Underwood,  Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi.    Pieces  from her new collections Accessories by  The Wedding Dresser were featured in The Knot, Brides Magazine, and on numerous blogs including “Style Me Pretty”.   Susan worked in Bridal for over 10 years designing custom dresses and accessories, as a buyer, in sales, and in the fitting department at the infamous Kleinfeld.

 

Related posts: