Monique Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America's foremost couture bridal and ready-to-wear brands. Growing up in the Philippines, the designer was surrounded by the innate sense of style and glamour of her mother, and chose to move to Los Angeles to study at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising and begin a career in fashion. It was when searching for a gown for her own wedding that Lhuillier was inspired to start her own line, due to the lack of fashion-infused bridal options. Her first bridal collection was launched in 1996, followed by occasionwear and eventually ready-to-wear and accessories. For a chic alternative to an evening dress, look to the brand's collection of jumpsuits, featuring silk rompers and all-over lace jumpsuits in rich hues.