After launching eveningwear in 2005, designer Gustavo Cadile plans to introduce a bridal collection this spring.
It’s a natural move for Cadile, who specializes in red-carpet-ready dresses donned by the likes of Eva Longoria Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones, given that he got his big break when a Neiman Marcus fashion director saw pictures of a wedding gown Cadile designed for a friend.
After buyers visited Cadile, who had crafted a collection of 10 dresses at the time, they decided to order his gowns, which retail from $2,000 to $5,000 at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
It’s been an eventful year for Cadile, who was nominated for the Fashion Group International Rising Star award in January and flew to Chicago last month to accept his top designer prize at the 54th annual Gold Coast Award Fashion Show, where some 1,000-plus attendees voted on their favorite collection from a handful of designers who participated in the show.
“This is incredible for me,” Cadile said. “I worked very hard, and with perseverance, one day you can see all the results.”
Cadile, a native of Argentina, arrived in Miami in 1992 with $50 in his pocket, taking a restaurant job before seeking work at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, Fla. Although he had studied graphic design and worked with Argentine designer Manuel Lamarca, Cadile took a position in Neiman’s receiving department because he spoke little English.
After spending his lunch hours examining beading and finishes of high-end gowns in the store’s couture salon, Cadile got noticed by the department manager, who hired him as an assistant. Cadile, who was taught to sew at age five by his grandmother, went on to receive a degree in fashion design from Miami International University of Art & Design. From there, he worked in Italy before spending three years in the design department at Perry Ellis beginning in 2000, and then freelancing for Oleg Cassini’s bridal division.
In April, Cadile plans to unveil his own bridal collection, consisting of 25 dresses made of silk, chiffon, lace and tulle retailing for $2,500 to $6,000. The gowns will possess a similar aesthetic to his eveningwear, Cadile said.
“With this economy, I don’t think women want a big dress,” he said, noting he envisions gowns with more Empire or mermaid styling. “These will be more simple and elegant. She can bring the dress back to me [to make modifications] and have an evening gown to wear later.”
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