Claire Pettibone Wedding Dresses
Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone wedding dresses speak of timeless elegance, style, and romance, sprinkled with contemporary confetti of whimsy.

Claire Pettibone Wedding Dresses

Claire Pettibone wedding dresses speak of timeless elegance, style, and romance, sprinkled with contemporary confetti of whimsy. Her dresses whisper stories of the vintage era blended in with the music of bohemian romance. 

You could be a ‘go-to for fashion advice’ person for everyone or a DIY kinda unconventional bride, or the nonchalant bride. However, when it comes to your wedding, you need to get started planning for the big day and that includes your wedding dress shopping.

For most brides, wedding dress shopping is the most exciting part of wedding planning. Since younger years, many young girls think about their bridal gown even before they find the right partner and get engaged. However, just because you are eager and excited to begin shopping and have envisioned your perfect wedding gown since you were a little girl, doesn't mean that you're ready to jump into the process without any preparation. And welcome to the dreamy world of bridal fashion! It’s imperative that you begin the search for your wedding gown keeping in mind the exact fabricsilhouettenecklinecolor, and work that you want. Having said that, you must also be willing to let go and experiment a little bit too! Just like how soulmates meet by accident, you can meet your wedding gown by chance as well, maybe something like you never imagined would look so good on you! 

Now, we all know how stressful finding that perfect dream gown can be. Considering that it indeed will be the most expensive garment that you will purchase, it can set a certain amount of pressure on your wedding dress shopping. Moreover, your wedding dress will also set the tone for the wedding as a whole, be it a classic ballroom wedding, a trendy beach bash, or a whimsical garden wedding. You might have to get extra-familiar with some names like tulleA-line, fit-and-flare, organzasheath, etc. Moreover, if you are planning on doing multiple dresses like a formal one for the ceremony and a party-centric (danceable or blingy) one for the reception, there’s more to shop for! 

Imagine it’s your wedding day. You walk through the aisle and everyone is looking at you in awe as you look every bit of a stunner. And with all those eyes on you, and considering all the gorgeous photos that you'll keep forever, of course, you want to look perfect on your big day. But what exactly is perfect for you? Is it a regal ball gown fit for a princess feel? Or is it a super sexy sheath dress enhancing your curves? Or maybe a glam goddess sparkling away through her happiest day? Maybe you are looking for a dress that allows you enough movement to be able to get down on the dance floor or you might be planning to purchase two sets of dresses for this purpose! Also, make sure your bridal style doesn’t clash with your wedding style. Your dress needs to represent you and you should feel like the best version of you, then go for it. 

If you have been crushing over a couture wedding dress from a known bridal fashion designer, you can get lucky finding it here at discounted prices! Borrowing Magnolia proudly brings to you preowned bridal gowns at affordable prices. The gowns are perfectly preserved to perfection and are a brilliant option if you wish to wear a couture wedding gown from one of the most popular wedding gown designers in the bridal fashion industry. 

One of the most sought after names (even amongst the celebrities!) amongst today's remarkable bridal fashion designers is Claire Pettibone. The Claire Pettibone wedding dress collection beautifully combines the designer's vision of vintage romance with an enchanted bohemian spirit. The collections comprise some graceful, poetic wedding gowns made from specially trademarked seductive laces, delicate embroideries, and fine fabrics. Every detail is thoughtfully considered and carefully placed for an overall uber-luxe, thoughtful effect. Claire Pettibone’s wedding gowns are an embodiment of ethereal, vintage-inspired, and gorgeously unique beauty. From her collection, women can choose attires for all sorts of occasions, be it a formal black-tie wedding, a boho-chic one, or a rustic celebration. 


Claire Pettibone was born on May 23, 1967. Being the only child of her parents, Claire was born with an artistic flair. Her father, Richard Pettibon, was the Appropriation Movement’s pioneer and her mother, Shirley Pettibone, was a realist painter. She spent most of her early childhood in Upstate New York in a 19th-century house that was decorated with antiques and was surrounded by natural beauty. The setting acted as a wonderful inspiration for her mindset which later transformed into her future signature designs.

Since she had a lot of exposure to art, being born to artist parents, it was inevitable that Claire would enter a creative field. She attended Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Thereafter, she met Guy Patrick Toley (who went on to become her husband the next year), and together they launched their own brand - ‘Body & Soul’ - in 1993.  The brand's first lingerie line was featured in Nordstrom stores across the nation. In the years that followed, her collections were featured in Saks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and other leading international specialty stores. 

Claire Pettibone witnessed a successful decade creating luxurious lingerie and decided to step into the field of couture bridal gowns in 2005 and since then there has been no looking back! 

Journey so far

In 1993, Claire collaborated with her husband to create the Body & Soul lingerie collection that fetched her a huge success. In 2005, she launched her couture Bridal Gown collection. 

Claire Pettibone's collections of bridal wear bear a strong signature style which is sweet and feminine. The sophisticated colors, intricate details, European laces, and graceful embroideries, all blend in to create unique signature-style wedding dresses that stay true to a deeply romantic, boho-luxe aesthetic. Claire Pettibone collections demonstrate keen attention to detail while finding the perfect balance between old-world charm and inspiration and contemporary chic elements. Her collections are inspired by everything from European cathedrals to Renaissance floral paintings. Her bridal couture is ideal for all kinds of wedding moods, and themes, including the garden, vineyard, rustic and vintage-inspired weddings

Claire Pettibone, the brand continues to grow the world over as the designer maintains her signature style and upholds the standards of quality and couture craftsmanship. Her collections are available in many of the finest bridal salons, all over the world. Claire Pettibone’s trademark bohemian style is one of the most most-sought-after by celebrities all across the globe. 

In the year 2014, Claire Pettibone partnered with the online stationery company, Wedding Paper Divas and created wedding invitation suits that included details like foil stamping and garland motifs.

Furthermore, by 2018, Pettibone collaborated with a handmade wedding shoe company, Bella Belle to start a collection of bridal shoes. Her collection at Bella Belle was inspired by elements like embroidery, a touch of nature, and hints of colors, which are also the same elements that are significant in Claire Pettibone’s wedding gowns. 

Her collections are a perfect amalgamation of vintage vibes, whimsy, elegance, a surreal boho spirit! The intricate embroideries and delicate laces make a bride feel like a star as she walks down the aisle. Claire Pettibone’s gowns have all evolved to have gorgeous back detailing, which is important for a bridal gown as the back is traditionally viewed during a bride’s walk down the aisle as well as during the ceremony. 

From the year 2001, her collections were designed in a Flagship Salon located in Beverly Hills. In 2013,  the Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon moved to a Los Angeles historic landmark called The Castle, or historically called the Heinsbergen Building on Beverly Boulevard. The Castle is a historic Los Angeles landmark and was built in 1928. All of their made-to-order gowns and accessories are hand-crafted in this Los Angeles atelier. 

Claire Pettibone Collections

Claire Pettibone's bridal couture collections are synonymous with whimsy, fragility, oomph, and sheer elegance. Her Fall 2018 wedding dress collection was inspired by international travel. The collection featured nine dresses with one standout look being a trumpet wedding dress with draped sleeves, a sheer skirt, and smoky gray embroidery.

With 2019’s collection, Claire’s designs emphasized on femininity and timelessness. Ranging from the gorgeous fabrics to the vintage-inspired details, dresses in the Claire Pettibone Spring 2019 collection stay true to the designer's history of pretty, feminine pieces. One of the most striking styles of this collection was a sheath wedding dress with tip-of-the-shoulder illusion straps, drop waist, embroidery, and high slit.

Spring 2020 witnessed Claire Pettibone offering a collection that was true to her unique aesthetic. All the gowns were designed with lightweight materials, dreamy lace accents, and pops of pastel color, she created eight new pieces, keeping the ethereal bride in mind. 

Pettibone also designed wedding and red carpet gowns for popular celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox Arquette, Leona Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, Katie Melua, Jennie Garth, Nikki Reed, and Missi Pyle. Famous celebrity Nikki Reed wed her Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder in Malibu, California in 2015, wearing a custom couture gown by Claire Pettibone. The three-quarter sleeve mermaid gown featured gorgeous Chantilly lace and a stunningly low back. In May 2012, Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, wed his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chanin in an intimate ceremony at his Palo Alto, California property. For the wedding, Priscilla wore the Claire Pettibone ‘Sky Between the Branches’ dress which was a laser-cut floral embroidery with matte sequins lined in silk, an illusion jeweled neckline, and sheer back with a chapel-length train. In June 2012, UK pop sensation, Una Healy, from the girl group The Saturdays, donned the designer's Luna gown from the Continuing Collection for her wedding. 

After 12 years at the Beverly Hills location on Robertson, the "Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon" has moved to a Los Angeles historic landmark called "The Castle," or historically called the Heinsbergen Building on Beverly Boulevard and is officially open as of July 10, 2013.

Awards and achievements

Claire Pettibone was the first American lingerie designer to be selected and awarded full sponsorship to exhibit in the Igedo Lingerie trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany (1997)

Her collection also received the CILA Awards (Contours International Lingerie Awards, annual, industry-wide juried competition) and was named Best Luxury Lingerie (2006), Best Bridal Lingerie (2007), Best Nightwear Lingerie (2008).

The Los Angeles Times calls her a “Style maven”… and Say Yes to the Dress’ Randy Fenoli confirms, “Claire has a cult following.” The Washington Post hails her collection as “proof positive that bridal fashion is keeping up with the runway”. 

Claire Pettibone’s wedding dresses are unique and extremely ethereal. If you are looking for Claire Pettibone’s wedding gowns for sale, you’ve come to the right place. At Borrowing Magnolia, you can take a look at some second-hand Claire Pettibone wedding dresses at unbelievable prices. One of her most stunning works is Claire Pettibone ‘Persephone’ Dress which is a great blend of style and elegance. Named after the Greek goddess of spring, this pretty floral wedding dress is an ivory lace Grecian gown. A deep V-neck Ivory lace sheath with the most delicate floral appliques, fitted through the waist, flows to a softly gathered skirt. It features a sexy open back, and just the slightest sweep of floral lace along the scalloped hem for a timeless, feminine bride with a subtle peplum effect at the waist created by the lace bodice.  

Claire Pettibone resale is a great way to own a Claire Pettibone wedding gown without having to shell out much money. Not only that, think about acting as a savior of the earth by purchasing a Claire Pettibone preowned wedding gown and saving its production cost and impact on nature in the process. Purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress helps reduce the amount of waste that’s involved in creating the dress and allows you to save the environment. It’s a great eco-friendly way to reduce and reuse. Whether you are an eco-friendly bride looking for environment-friendly ways to plan your wedding or a budget-savvy one who is keen on saving every bit that she can, pre-owned or second-hand wedding gowns are your key to bliss! 

And your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment that absolutely deserves a once in a lifetime dress! Claire Pettibone’s wedding gowns offer femininity with a romanticism that celebrates the classic elegance and style of a bride in love. If you have had your heart set on a branded Claire Pettibone wedding gown and want to buy it at an affordable price, you might get lucky!

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