Designer Monique Lhuillier is one of Los Angeles' most celebrated designers, with an enviable roster of celebrity clients.
Lhuillier with actress Ginnifer Goodwin in one of her designs, and Lhuillier's husband Tom Bugbee at the Costume Institute Gala in New York this week.
"Twilight" actress Kristen Stewart wearing a Monique Lhuillier dress at the 2010 Oscars.
Lhuillier says she particularly enjoyed designing a wedding dress for actress Reese Witherspoon. She is pictured here in another of Lhuillier's gowns at the last White House Correspondents' dinner.
Actress and producer Drew Barrymore in a Monique Lhuillier gown at the 2009 Emmy awards.
Actress Lily Collins wore this dramatic Lhuillier gown to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party.
"Ugly Betty" actress America Ferrara chose a Monique Lhuillier dress for the 2008 Screen Actors Guild awards.
As well as dreamy, voluminous gowns, Lhuillier also does shorter numbers like the one pop star Rihanna wore to a 2008 Spirit of Life Award dinner.
Actress and blogger Gwyneth Paltrow chose to wear Lhuillier when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2010.
Scarlett Johansson – Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson wore Lhuillier to the 2007 Grammy awards.
Lhuillier believes part of her success is due to the fact that she is "a woman designing for women. I feel like I understand how women want to feel and how they want to express themselves."
Lhuillier says her ready-to-wear collections give her an opportunity to experiment with line and bold color, as seen in this look from her Fall 2012 collection.
She is noted for introducing more color into bridalwear, using tones like blush, favored by Reese Witherspoon, and seen in this gown from her Spring 2013 bridal collection.
In addition to this flagship store in Los Angeles, Lhuillier plans to open a store in NYC in the next couple of months.
With husband Tom Bugbee (left), Lhuillier has built her company from scratch into a $30 million a year enterprise over the last 15 years. "I feel so blessed and so grateful," she says, "but I also feel like I worked so hard for it. It didn't just fall in my lap."