Marchesa Donates ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gown to the Smithsonian

Marchesa is having a historic moment.
The brand, established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, is donating the blue dress that actress Constance Wu wore in the film “Crazy Rich Asians” to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The dress will be presented Saturday during “The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian-Pacific Americans,” a Los Angeles event hosted by the Smithsonian’s Asian-Pacific American Center at City Market Social House.
The event recognizes the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans to history and culture across industries, including music, film, sports and culinary arts.
Wu, who played the role of Rachel Chu, wears the dress when she attends a high-profile wedding in defiance of her boyfriend’s disapproving mother. The gown is a floor-length Grecian-style dress made of light blue tulle with floral appliqué, a deep V-neck and a cinched waist. The original version of the dress designed by Marchesa for its fall 2016 collection featured long sleeves, but they were temporarily removed by the film’s production for aesthetic purposes. The museum will receive the altered sleeveless version that appeared in the film.

Marchesa’s original gown from fall 2016. 

“Crazy Rich Asians” was recognized for having a mostly East Asian cast, and was the first Hollywood film

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Marchesa Notte Bridal Fall 2018

Marchesa Notte’s fall 2018 bridal offering felt timeless with modern touches of 3-D floral appliqués, feminine bows and honeycomb lace. The collection mixed elegance with easy through light and airy gowns.

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Marchesa Resort 2018

Creative directors Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig mined the opulent interior designs of Tony Duquette for a collection of statement gowns rooted in lavish embroidery, bold colors and sculpted construction. An exercise in proportions made for a heightened sense of drama as well.
The designers tend to lean on a romantic sensibility with ethereal fabrics decorated with floral appliqué, feathers and fringe. A full-sleeved gown with multicolor chiffon florals definitely played to that ideal. There was an emphasis on body sculpting, as in the dusty blue gown with skirt overlay, sheer corseted gowns with decorated bodices and an alluring lavender dip-dyed gown with asymmetric tiered proportions that challenged the eye. A spirit of grandeur was kept alive with fringe framing a rose gold sheath, feathers consuming a strapless blush gown, and allover beading and appliquéd florals throughout.
Notable were separates that had more wear opportunity. Capes, for instance, have been selling well for the brand individually; they coordinate with matching gowns but style just as easily over simpler outfits. A yellow warped-floral print cut into an off-shoulder top could be grounded with trousers or elevated with a full skirt, and a black top with the illusion of ruffles cascading off

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Kate Middleton Stuns in Marchesa Notte on 42nd Street’s Opening Night

Kate MiddletonKate Middleton stepped outside of her comfort zone Tuesday night.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the opening night of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal in London, wearing Marchesa…

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Duchess of Cambridge Wears Marchesa Notte to ’42nd Street’ Musical in London

LADY IN RED: The Duchess of Cambridge wore Marchesa Notte to “42nd Street” musical in London on Tuesday evening.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Marchesa Notte. 
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She donned the red honeycomb textured tulle gown to the opening night of the show, which stars Sheena Easton at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London’s Covent Garden. Produced by David Merrick and directed by Gower Champion, the West End play originally launched on Broadway in 1980. In 1984, it debuted at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, starring Catherine Zeta Jones.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Marchesa Notte. 
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The production is in support of the Nook Appeal, a hospice facility at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, of which the duchess is a royal patron. The Nook Appeal is raising funds to extend its space in Quidenham, Norfolk. EACH supports families and children with life-threatening illnesses.
“The Nook Appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk,” said EACH chief executive officer Graham Butlandbut. “We still have some way to go, which is why we are so excited to be embarking on a relationship with the whole team at ’42nd Street.’ We hope that during the evening the audience will help us raise even more money to make our vision

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From Sketch to Dress: These New Marchesa Wedding Gowns Are to Die For

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Marchesa Licenses NWH Jewelry Group for Fashion Jewelry Line

Marchesa is creating a little bling for its dresses.
The brand has signed a licensing agreement with NWH Jewelry Group to launch fashion jewelry for holiday. Designed to complement the Marchesa Couture and Marchesa Notte collections, it will be available online and at upscale department stores nationwide.
“This season, the [ready-to-wear] collection has a 1920s influence, harkening back to the decadence and carefree attitude of the time,” said Georgina Chapman, who designs Marchesa with Keren Craig.
NWH translated Marchesa’s detailed textiles into jewelry pieces. Craig said, “3-D chiffon poppies are remade in bold enamel, and fringe tassels are highlighted on statement necklaces and earrings.”
Materials used in the jewelry designs include pearls, crystals, cubic zirconias and semiprecious accents, with prices ranging up to $ 595.
“Marchesa is an incredibly well-respected and relevant brand in the fashion space, so it is an exciting opportunity to partner with them and extend that vision into the jewelry category,” said Fran Lukas, group president of NWH Jewelry Group.

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