Anne Barge Celebrates 20 Years in Bridal Business, Readies to Launch Little White Dress Collection

NEW YORK – Anne Barge celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday with a New York fashion show and a one-night retrospective, and creative director Shawne Jacobs is planning for the company’s next chapter.
A graduate of the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, she joined the company in 2001. In 2012, during a trip to one of the company’s factories in China, Jacobs and her husband learned of Barge’s succession idea. “She saw us really working together as a team. Me working as creative director designing for the brand and my husband running the financial side of it,” Jacobs said.
For Thursday night’s Anne Barge runway show, gowns from the namesake’s archives were reimagined to infuse new elements to some traditional and classic styles. The result led to architectural designs made with Italian Kalika and allover floral Alençon laces for more feminine accents. There were also tulle designs with 3-D textures and metallic floral embroidery. To give brides-to-be more youthful options, the company offered jumpsuits, bustiers and illusion necklines.
Having attended its first bridal market in China in July, the company aims to build sales in China, which is not overflowing with Western bridal designers. In addition, brides in China typically wear four or five different

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Anne Barge Bridal Spring 2017

In her latest bridal collection, Anne Barge conjured up an early spring garden, one in which the plants and flowers are beginning to stir — but still bear the touches of that final frost.
 
So how did Barge bring her garden to life? With layers of the softest pastels, floral appliqués and delicate lace. To suggest the last gasp of winter, she also worked cascading pearls and icy crystals in the most delicate of trellislike embroidery along necklines and across bodices.
 
Silhouettes ran the gamut from a sexy corset mermaid number to a frothy high-low frock. Overall, though, the gowns were timeless and elegant. Clearly, romance — along with spring — was in the air.

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