We said ‘Yes to the dress’ when we got the opportunity to stock the highly in demand wedding dress collection, from the wedding dress guru himself Randy Fenoli ! In the build up to the reveal in our store on November 25th here is all you need to know about Randy Fenoli!
Randy Fenoli was born on April 14th 1970 on a cattle farm in Illinois, the youngest of seven children. With a growing love of fashion and design he taught himself to sew dresses at the young age of 9.
Miss Gay America 1990
In a world without Ru Paul’s Drag race, Miss Gay America (MGA) was thee competition to win for female impersonators or now more commonly known as drag queens. In 1990 Randy Fenoli went in for the competition as his female alter ego, Miss Brandi Alexander. He created every single on of his own outfits for the competition and won! He was crowned by Vicki Vincent & then travelled the country performing as Miss Brandi Alexander. Randy then used the prize money and sold everything he owned to move and enroll to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T).
Miss Brandi Alexander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIv7r1OyYyQ
New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology
Whilst enrolled at F.I.T Randy won two DEBI Awards (Design Excellence in the Bridal Industry), the most prestigious award for bridal designers. One of the judges of these awards was Vivan Diamond who owns Dessy Bridesmaids and her husband Paul who owned the Diamond Collection, they offered him the position of designing bridal and bridesmaid dresses for both companies with his name on the label. He then graduated from F.I.T as the first ever student to be given his degree and already have his name on two labels.
Kleinfield Bridal Salon
In 2007 he got noticed by Kleinfield Bridal Salon, known as one of the best in the world, and became their Fashion director. During this job he would consult with 15,000 brides a year, and help them pick out there dream dress.
In 2007 he had the opportunity to do his own show with the TLC network, ‘Say yes to the dress’, based in Kleinfield Bridal Salon. During this show Brides-to-be from all over America (and sometimes the world) come to Kleinfield to say yes to their perfect wedding dress! With millions of viewers, the show has got multiple spin offs including a UK version. Randy has also done other shows with TLC including Big bliss, Randy Knows Best, and Randy to the rescue. Randy has also been a guest on many television shows and was also the main correspondent during TLC’s Royal Wedding live broadcast event.
Connection with brides
Randy has been very successful in his career due to his philosophy of overcoming any challenge. He is understanding for brides of all sizes, age or shape, and believes EVERY bride is beautiful.
Randy Fenoli Bridal Collection
With all his experience Randy has now started his own label, of which we have his latest collection. His amazing personality really comes through with this phenomenal 25 piece collection of gowns for all brides to enjoy, the collection is stylish, elegant and sexy, we are very proud to be stocking it. We hope to see you all on the 25th of November for the reveal!
See the full collection here!