Marc Bouwer on the runway Spring 2007
Marc Bouwer on the runway Spring 2007

DALLAS, Aug 15, 2008 / FW/ — Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Marc Bouwer immigrated to the U.S. armed with a portfolio that won him South Africa Vogue Young Designer Award. It seemed that S.A. Vogue and fashion legend Halston had the same opinion about Marc.

Shortly after arriving in New York, Marc Bouwer met Halston and as if he was making a prediction, the legendary designer said, “I think you got something, kid!”

Working under Halston, Marc refined his skills – from tailoring to cutting and draping. Eventually becoming a master draper, Marc’s draping technique would eventually make him the darling of the fashion set and give rise to one of his signature looks, ‘athletic glamour.’

Launching his own line during the 1990s, Marc Bouwer’s star continue to rise as his creations graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, Cosmopolitan, Instyle, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Vibe Magazine among others.

Bouwer was also one of the first adopters of ‘animal free’ collection. In 2002, made fashion history when he presented a collection made completely free of animal products. PETA sponsored the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show. A PETA Humanitarian Award soon followed.

Like his mentor Halston, Marc Bouwer is known for his exquisite eveningwear, in today’s lingo, the red carpet. Marc Bouwer and celebrity dressing have become synonymous. Noted clientele includes Angelina Jolie, Angie Harmon, Beyonce Knowles, Blythe Danner, Charlize Theron, Christina Milian, Eartha Kitt, Eva Longoria, Faith Hill, Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, Ivanka Trump, Jenna Jameson, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Tilly.

Add to that list Julianne Moore, Katie Couric, Lisa Marie Presley, Marcia Cross, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Mary Steenbergen, Megan Mullally, Melania Trump, Michelle Kwan, Nicolette Sheridan, Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton, Petra Nemcova, Portia Di Rossi, Sandra Bernhard, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sigourney Weaver, Shania Twain, Toni Braxton, and many more.

The Marc Bouwer Couture Collection is sold at Neiman Marcus and specialty stores throughout the United States.


Photo by Giovanni Pucci


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