What was once considered a “private “ clientele business or mass wedding dresses made of dollar a mile fabric, the bridal segment of the fashion business has become a HUGE “player.” Antonio Gual cut his teeth in NYC and then took off to the rarefied world of haute couture in Paris where he learned the art of fashion. With talents and skill on his side, he returned to NYC and has honed his skills to the point of TULLE New York where he and his business Lia McNairy are currently the crowned Prince and Princess of the bridal world, a world of white.
1.what trait do you most treasure in yourself?
2.what’s your bliss?
Wonderful conversations that are stimulating, provoking and challenge
3.who or what is your inspiration?
Happiness, the idea that we can make someone happy
4.who is your favorite designer?
5.what’s your most treasured possession?
A Fornasetti plate from the 50’s
6.if you couldn’t do your present job, what would you be?
7.where is your ideal home?
8.what do you wear to bed?
Boxer shorts and a tee
9.in a word, what do you think about fashion?
10.how important is the truth with regard to your work ?
I follow the beauty
11.what’s your advice to an aspiring designer?
Work for someone you admire
12.do you pay attention to other designers’ work?
The ones whose work I find captivating
13.if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you pick?
14.do you read your own reviews?
15.how important is the link between the music business and fashion ?
not so much anymore
16.do you think the music business influences fashion?
17.what is your approach to a new season?
I bite into it with gusto
18.what stimulates your creative process?
A detail that resonates a memory or desire
19 do you wish to convey any message from your designs?
20.would you wear your own designs?
No, I design bridal gowns
21. are your designs purely esthetic for the ideal or do you take into account different body types and personalities?
Totally, the ideal
22.who is the one opinion that you trust ?
My co designer, Lia McNairy
23. does politics hold any influence over your creative process?
24.if you could collaborate with any other createur, who would it be ?
J.A.R. ..Joel Arthur Rosenthal jeweler extraordinaire
25.if elected president, what is the first thing you would do ?
26. who is your perfect customer?
She is informed, educated, well mannered, usually size 2 and 5’10”