by Kelley Walker Perry, Collaborating writer
BOSTON – As a young boy in upstate New York, Daniel Faucher took other neighborhood children on bicycles to St. Mary’s Catholic Church when a wedding was planned. Everyone wanted to see the bride for the first time as she emerged.
These days, he’s always the first to see the bride.
An early start with sewing
His maternal grandmother lived two doors away and taught him to sew. First, he created costumes for children; then she sewed prom dresses for the neighbors. But his first serious design job was for his older sister, Anne. It was a Bob Mackie-inspired semi-formal gown, black, with an incredibly low pearl necklace in the background.
He began designing with his own brand in 1985. Since then, Daniel Faucher Couture’s dresses have been worn all over the world, from inaugural balls in the United States to events at Buckingham Palace. The late Linda Cole Petrosian, the fashion icon daughter of Yolanda Cellucci and one of Boston’s top models, often modeled Faucher’s dresses. Her work was featured during Boston Fashion Week and featured in Brides magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and New England Bride.
“I love the bride,” he said.
Dresses start at $ 1800; ask customers for a quote before showing the fabrics.
“We only work with the best possible fabrics. I love organza and taffeta, light, crisp and transparent fabrics. But there is a difference between four-layer cracks and six-layer cracks, “he said.
The fully beaded and appliqued fabric costs around $ 80 per meter; a muslin pattern reveals imperfections in the fit. Customers see design renders and hand-made bead samples. Only then does the construction of the final dress begin.
Customers must engage in at least three set-ups.
“No one has ever suffered from an extra fit,” he said.
His design philosophy
Some brides starve to death before their marriage; others binge from nervous tension; and only seven pounds of difference equals one dress size. Faucher believes that every woman is beautiful, regardless of size, and deserves a dress that makes her feel that way.
“We’ve gone so far from men telling women what they should wear,” she said. “I learned to listen and try to make a dress where people say not ‘It’s a nice dress’, but ‘Wow, you look great.’ “
Sometimes use a small piece of lace from the mother’s gown as an appliqué, reuse buttons, or add antique jewelry to honor the past and personalize the new dress or petticoat. In fact, the bridal petticoat is itself made into a special heirloom.
“A blue bow belongs under the heart, and a piece of Grandma’s lace,” she said.
The slip is meant to be reused as a crib cover for the couple’s first baby. Faucher, who has no children of his own, is touched by these sentimental details.
“I’m involved in everything,” he said.
Taking a step back
Faucher suffered a brain aneurysm in 2004. No lasting effects remain, but he has stopped attending Fashion Week and producing works to sell in stores.
“The extra fuss was just too much,” he said. “It made work-life balance easier.”
Most of the work done in his Waltham Street studio is bridal wear, though Faucher doesn’t just “make weddings”. He is a senior instructor and co-director of education at the Boston School of Fashion Design; creates tailor-made clothes; and does an occasional “trunk show,” bringing samples to high-end boutiques that have been referring customers to him for years.
When the pandemic temporarily eliminated the need for wedding dresses and evening dresses, Faucher used needle and thread to make stylish masks. Proceeds from those sales paid the bills and helped provide medical masks for health care workers and health care workers in the Boston area.
But his magic has returned to the drawing board.
“People are planning large-scale formal weddings and events and they need the dresses to match,” she said. “For us, the bridal season runs from Labor Day to Columbus Day. But this year we are busy until the beginning of January.”
Faucher, who just turned 61, noted that multiple weddings were booked for March and April.
“Who’s getting married in New England in March?” he joked.
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