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Okay, there isn’t a hint of leather, lace, safety pins or plaid, but we’re still in love with Punk Rock Brides 2012 collection with comfortable silky fabrics, natural fibers, no itchy lace, and clean lines, resulting in easy and wearable dresses you can practically sleep in (says some of their clients). With all the boning, tulle, bows, bustles, and extraneous surface noise on more Vera-type gowns, it’s refreshing to see designers that actually consider the girl: it’s going to be a long damned day, and you’d better be comfortable (in equal measure with being beautiful…).

Being from Washington, DC, widely considered to be a fashion void (until Michelle Obama moved in anyway), I am heartened to see a design firm that rejected the predictable New York/LA fashion industry trajectory and pitched their tent here. I love them even more because some of the best punk rock bands ever came out of DC, so to have Punk Rock Brides new offices next to the ghosts of some of my favorite punk clubs brings a tear to my eye. I salute them for having the courage to stay the course in a fashion challenged city (which they will soon rule). So to quote Nancy Reagan, Just Say NO! to the wedding industrial complex with Punk Rock Bride. Their rockin’ 2012 collection follows. Congrats ladies!

For Immediate Release: This fall, Punk Rock Bride introduced its fifth collection of wedding dresses for 2012 at New York International Bridal Market, October 15-17 at Pier 94. The 2012 collection consists of five designs and continues in its mission of offering brides a fashion-forward alternative to the traditional wedding dress. Several themes tie these dresses together, including the use of geometric patterns, layering of multiple fabrics and unique textures, and playful variations of hemlines.

Each year, I like to experiment with new details and textures to keep things interesting and fresh. This year, some of the more unique fabrics used included a silk faille, cotton chiffon jacquard, silk douppionni, and a silk wool blend, to name a few,” stated designer Stephanie Ward. “More and more, brides are coming to us for a more modern option on their wedding day. We are all about details, and that is what is translating into quality and value for our brides.”

The price range for the new group of dresses will be consistent with past collections, ranging from $2,900 to $3,800. The new collection will be reflected on a new website.


Punk Rock Bride was founded in 2006 by RISD-grad and designer Stephanie Ward. Their wedding dresses have appeared in Brides, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Get Married, and The Washington Post. In 2011, the company received Best of 2011 recognition by The Knot. Punk Rock Bride is based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


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