Look for her name in lights, or rather stitched onto labels. Alexandra Pijut makes her bridal and demi-couture debut, launching exclusively on Over The Moon, with a collection inspired by the world of dance with exquisite craftsmanship taking center stage. Prior to launching her eponymous label, Pijut studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design; was a finalist of the 2017 Supima Design Competition; and proved her chops at Calvin Klein, Anthropologie and Charlotte Brody.
Indeed, Pijut is no stranger to the spotlight; she spent much of her youth as a ballerina, and today she recalls the precious moments when she choose her costumes with the same sense of unbridled glee that a bride-to-be is likely to exhibit when trying on her dream wedding dress. At the heart of the collection is a sense of lightheartedness, and the made-to-order designs are as destined for a turn at the altar as they are a twirl on the dance floor at the reception.
Among the 17-look lineup, the Stella in bridal white coupé with crystal detailing is the showstopper (and as fate would have it, it’s directly inspired by a photograph of an 8-year-old Pijut similarly sparkly dance costume). Another look well worthy of an encore; the Cloud, a strapless bubble dress trimmed in faux pearls and ostrich feathers, promises to float down the aisle and keep a bride just as light on her feet from the first dance till the wee hours.
“Whimsical yet wearable,” is how Pijut describes her aesthetic, as seen in her deft hand at embroidery that can only be described as otherworldly. The Rainey in ivory silk faille with organza appliqués has hundreds of hand-stitched petals sprout up along the bodice, then softly scatter onto the tapered ankle-skimming skirt. Ideal for the bride who would rather wed in riotous flowers than traditional lace.
The same floral details decorate the Delphine, a column dress with a come-hither criss-cross neckline. Wear the latter to the rehearsal dinner to set the tone for the ceremony while also hinting at the decor, your wedding dress, or both! No matter how elaborate, everything can accommodate dancing, eating, and hugging your guests (and don’t forget the Champagne!)