Designer Spotlight: Caden Couture

We've Got Georgia On Our Mind

Like her mille-feuille frocks, when it comes to designer Candace Brodmann, there's much more than meets the eye. Soft spoken and deliberate in her demeanor, the Southern belle exudes the easy confidence of a seasoned vet. And yet this UGA alum is a fresh-faced newbie to the industry. Brodmann, who studied textile and fabric design has, since, dabbled in ready-to-wear while pursuing a print design day job. It wasn't until one week prior to launching her label that Brodmann made the big switch to bridal. Drawn to sculptural silhouettes and layering effects, her confections channel French gothic glamour, and boast unconventionally beautiful, frosty whites with dramatic depth in design. It comes as no surprise that Brodmann's Guipure lace gown constructed for her own I dos entailed more than 150 hours of work–a true labor of love. Calculated and well-versed in her knowledge of industry talent, Brodmann counts Iris Van Harpen, Hussein Chalayan and Reem Acra among favorites and go-tos for inspiration. "The Caden bride is an eclectic bride. She's intrigued by avant-garde and non-traditional gowns," Brodmann explains thoughtfully. Having seen her first two gowns in the works–and eagerly insisting upon reserving the enchanting "Ophelia" gown (pictured above) for our Spring issue ballet fashion spread, her words captured my initial thoughts exactly. And with an editorial credit, a runway debut and a second on the books, it's clear she has hit the bridal mark, and the ground running. For the design ingenue who chose bridal on a whim, Brodmann's one-off whimsical creations are perfectly befitting–and bewitching. 

 

Top photo: Spring issue (shot by Nathan Abplanalp), bottom left photo: Marcos Aspiazu, bottom right: BlueSky Studios