Once we entered Carol Hannah’s atelier in New York, we already felt the magic of the fabrics and colors she used.
Carol Hannah loves the personal nature of bridal and getting to hear her clients’ stories. When not in her studio, she can be found scouring New York’s vintage markets, traveling for trunk shows and drawing things in the middle of the night.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right.“
Carol Hannah’s aesthetic starts with the best quality silk textiles you can find, which are woven exclusively for them at the most prestigious European mills in the industry and can’t be found elsewhere. Embellishments are developed from scratch, every bead and stitch drawn by hand.
What does your brand represent for you?
Natural beauty, freedom of expression, and lighthearted playfulness.
How do you choose your fabrics and which one is your favorite one to work with?
It’s hard to explain because it all comes down to feeling. I’m always looking for things that feel fresh and new and interesting. It’s a feeling in your gut that makes you excited about the possibilities. My favorites are always metallic and textured. I also love anything technically difficult, both in the development of the fabric or in the construction and use. Innovation is the best challenge and I’m always looking for something I’ve never seen before.
Why do you think that color is a key part of your success to create a distinguished look for modern brides?
Color is such a wonderful tool to create depth and feeling. It doesn’t have to be in your face or very bold. A little color can go a long way in setting a dress apart.
Do you have a favorite quote or affirmation you like?
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Do you think that living in New York gives you a different perspective to your design?
New York has such a unique energy and a lot of that comes from the feeling of unending options. When you have so many choices, you have to learn to edit and curate. I’m originally from South Carolina, which is a much slower paced state where you live more in nature. The combination of perspectives has been a good creative contrast.
A movie that makes you think of love?
Pride and Prejudice. It’s also an absolute visual feast of inspiration.
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