Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate all the achievements and progress that women have made across the world. We wanted to celebrate by interviewing one of the strongest women we know, our fabulous Designer and Creative Director, Madeline Gardner! She is a leading force in today’s bridal industry that has created a legacy designing dresses for so many women and girls for all of life’s special occasions. Read on to hear her thoughts on being successful in such a global market and who the most inspiring woman in her life is!
How does it feel to be a world renowned designer in the bridal industry?
“It’s been a dream of mine and it’s very surreal. I absolutely LOVE my profession and all that I am able to do.”
What does it mean to have been a part of such a special day for so many women across the world?
“I honestly love that connection with my Brides around the world. I receive so many messages of how much the dress means to them, as well as how memorable it is. The dress is such an important part of the wedding and all that surrounds it, so it’s both humbling and truly an honor for me.”
How do you manage designing gowns in so many different dress categories on such a global scale?
“It’s a labor of love!! I feel so fortunate to be connected with Brides on a global scale, so I get amazing feedback from their voices. It’s a wonderful opportunity as a designer to be able to have such a broad reach and to let the creative juices flow. I spend so much time designing, as it’s a part of who I am.”
What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring designer or fellow businesswoman looking to start a career in fashion?
“I would say to follow your heart and be diligent. Many roads and doors will take us on life’s journey, but if it’s who you really want to be, stay the course!!”
Who has been the most influential woman in your life, both personally and professionally?
“My Mom! She is hard working, smart, talented and years ahead of her time. Being one of 4 sisters, we’ve all be given so much support to be whomever we chose to be. To follow our dreams, work hard and express our true talents. She is an inspiration to me every day!!”
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
“As a Designer, I am most proud of loving each day of what I do. It’s a gift to be happy and accomplished with what you are passionate about. Personally, I am very proud to be a Mom of two wonderful young men. They bring me happiness every day.”