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katherine bignon

dressmaker + stylist




Hi there lovely! I'm Katherine, designer & stylist just outside of NYC! I help brides and entrepreneurs find elegance (& simplicity!) in an industry filled with overwhelming options and quick-dissolve trends. Here on the blog you'll find the behind the scenes of our joy-filled studio, special peeks into the bridal collections, bits of education for designers, and the style secrets I've curated over a decade long love affair with French life & style (and y'know it's the real deal when it comes with a French husband and bilingual littles...).


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I spent a week this winter wandering the streets of Paris with the kids, while G was off at work up in La Defense. We found every park we could, munched on way too many pastries, and had an all-together lovely time as I introduced the littles to the city where I fell in love […]

This summer, I’m headed back to France with two custom gowns, and an incredibly full heart as Abby Grace Photography and I launch The Signature Atelier; an intimate destination workshop for photographers just outside of Paris, France. We’re hosting 10 lovely photographers for a week of education, being inspired by Paris, delicious meals taken together, and a […]

This custom wedding dress for a beautiful & intimate wedding just outside Paris, France is one for the books. I adore all of my brides, and I’ve been blessed to have some pretty incredible ones, but this one… I don’t even know how to put it into words. Réanna is like a sister. She and […]

If you have ever considered a tulle skirt fort your wedding attire, then I can’t wait for you to see the pictures below!! When I designed my first tulle skirt a few years ago, I never imagined that eventually they would be part of a bridal collection as well, but this bridal tulle skirt is […]

This is one of the first spots in Paris that I saw at night, and I fell in love with it instantly. It was just after I had moved there, and a friend and I went to see the National Cuban Ballet perform Giselle at le ­­­Grand Palais. At intermission we walked out to the […]

“It was the legacy of love and marriage, manifested in a gown” – Amy Demos Jordan Demos and his sweet wife Amy reached out to me to design a custom heirloom gown for their destination vow renewal, planned to take place in a lavender field just outside of Aix-en-Provence in France. When they were married seven years […]

(Just in case you’d like to first read Part 1 of this week’s Paris Travelogue, it’s right here!) Continued from last week… I changed my name when I moved to 26 rue du Pilouvet, an ordinary French street, lined with tiny Peugeots and compact Renaults, parallel parked with one side perched up on the curb, […]

You can’t find chocolate chips in French markets. This is what I’ll tell Piper one day, our firstborn who grew up in between two languages, two cultures, and two countries, with a French father and American mother who floated back and forth in between trying to figure out how to give her both. This is […]

The first time I walked through Paris I was told to keep a tight grip on my purse, make sure none of the zippers or pockets were facing out, otherwise someone would surely slip their hand in and take something, and to keep my passport in a pouch underneath my blouse. 12 months later, on […]

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