Daughters of Zeus and Hera, the three graces bestow their gifts of charm, beauty and creativity on humanity. They have been painted and sculpted throughout the ages by masters including Botticelli, Raphael, Rubens and Canova to name just a few. When I began designing new dresses for this season, I felt a desire to create a collection that would take your breath away...that would be eternally beautiful...like a work of art.
The Three Graces Collection By Claire Pettibone
From Claire Pettibone
Given the times we're living in, and the fact that Bridal Market is still being held virtually rather than in-person, I started off with the idea of just 3 dresses. But as inspiration took hold, and as I fell into the joy of creating again after so many months in isolation, those three turned into five. In Botticelli's famous painting, "Primavera", the 3 graces are depicted alongside Venus at the center of the garden, and Chloris and Flora off to the side, so of course, what garden would be complete without them? I took a little liberty with naming the dresses (a couple of those graces have some difficult to pronounce names!) But these iconic symbols of beauty and creativity served as my muses, and it feels wonderful to be back doing what I love. Through it all, I believe the goddesses are with us still, reminding us of beauty and joy, and inviting us to come dance with them…and I for one, am ready for that party!