of African royalty starts with a gown fit for a queen
...that sets the stage for a cultural theme.
TeKay Designs Inc. announces
the launch of Queen of the Brides gown collection
during runway presentations in Houston and Dallas,
Texas. The Houston based fashion design house specializes
in unique bridal, formal-wear, ethnic fashions,
accessories and custom jewelry. "Queen of the
Brides" is a limited edition collection that
features couture ethnic bridal gowns complete with
jewelry and headpieces, a staple of Tekay Designs'
aesthetic. TeKay has been diligently creating ethnic
bridal gown concepts that personify royalty. The
inspiration for the collection are historical fashion
icons from ancient civilizations of Egypt, India,
Ghana and South Africa. The gowns represent women
of power throughout history and are infused with
cultural elements from a distinct time in history.
The initial collection includes gowns named after
Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra VII of
Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II of Egypt, Queen
Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal - Mughal Queen
of India, Manta Tisi - The Queen of the Wild Cats
in South Africa.
Each bridal ensemble is
worn with a headpiece or veil, jewelry and elaborates
embroidery or beading stitched onto the gown. The
fabrics include silk, embroidered lace, beaded Dupioni
silk, Duchesse satin, Poe de Soua, Aso-ake, Vintage
lace trim, crystal and rhinestone trim. The dominant
colors in the collection are gold and silver which
is symbolic. In ancient Egypt, yellow was the symbol
of gold and immortality, white represented happiness.
Necklaces, armlets, bracelets, and anklets were
made of gold, coral, pearl, agate, and onyx. Collars
made of shells, beads, and precious stones set into
gold were worn as a necklace or attached to a neckline
made of cloth or leather.
The Queen Ankhesenamun
gown is made of hand woven Aso-ake fabric with gilded
lurex threads and has an embroidered and beaded
collar adorned with cowrie shells, and detachable
train with embroidered symbols.
The distinguished Queen
Nefertiti gown is created in Ivory Poe de Soua fabric
with gold and rhinestone crystals, gold appliques
and glass beads hand stitched onto the dress.
The Queen Mumtaz Mahal
Gown has a mermaid silhouette and shimmering gold
embroidered lace with amber crystals. Taj Mahal
(one of the wonders of the world) was dedicated
to Queen Mumtaz Mahal by the Mughal emperor, Shah
Jahan of India.
The highlight of the collection
is the Queen Cleopatra gown in a butter colored
crystal embroidered lace. It's designed with heavily
beaded crystals, a gathered silk waist sash, and
a detachable sheer train edged in a lovely scalloped
To accommodate themed
ceremonies, each ensemble can have a matching gown
set for the brides' maids and suits for grooms men.
"To embrace historic culture in present day
ceremonies is very meaningful and symbolic. To know
your past is to know your future. Cultural themes
set a forward thinking tone of confidence and success
for a groom and his queen.", says Creative
Director Kimma Wreh.
ABOUT QUEEN OF THE
Queen of the Brides was launched in 2012 and
is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc.
which was founded in 1998. Queen of the Brides offers
high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that
include quality pieces of jewelry representative
from the same time period. The Queen Of The Brides
collection has been featured in Wedding Pages magazine
and Wedding Style Guide International. Designing
high quality products is our pledge to our customers.
TeKay Designs, Inc. is an international fashion
house with headquarters in Houston Texas. We specialize
in bridal, formal, ethnic, accessories and fashion
jewelry for all sizes.
Sonny James Jr.