Designer Biography -Laurie Rudd Haluska

Our featured designer, Laurie Rudd Haluska, is noted for her work with Hollywood films, made-for-TV movies, gowns for debutant themed presentation balls, competitive ballroom dance, and stunt shows at amusement parks. She now also creates stunning custom designer wedding dresses and bridal gowns.

Laurie is a Cum Laude graduate of New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology. She has talents that span fabricating costumes for everyone from Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, to the Dixie Chicks country music singers; as well as designing stunning ball gowns for Dallas Debutantes.

Her 25-year career as a film and theatre costumer includes feature films like Return of the Jedi, Young Guns II, and Born on the 4th of July and five years at the Toni Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Her credits also include made-for-TV movies like Lonesome Dove, Sarah, Plain and Tall with Glen Close, and Pancho Barnes starring Valerie Bertinelli, which was awarded the costuming Emmy in 1989.

Since 1990, Laurie has been the designing and fabricating fabulous ball gowns for the Dallas Debutante Ball, "La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas." For "La Fiesta," Laurie creates gowns inspired by fashion history dating as far back as medieval, through all the time periods, up to contemporary and even futuristic times. She has designed and/or built debutante gowns for the other balls, such as: the Symphony Ball of Dallas, the Washington D.C. Cotillion, and the Tyler Rose Festival.

Five years ago, she added to her repertoire the designing and fabricating costume gowns for another themed presentation ball: the Shreveport Cotillion Club's Holiday in Dixie.

From 1993-2003, Laurie designed and built the costumes for the "Batman Stuntshows" for Six Flags amusement parks across the country, as well as shows in other theme parks worldwide. Her shop also fabricated costumes for Medals Awards Ceremonies for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.

"When I design something," she explains, "I focus on the person and connect with their energy. Whether she is a debutante, who is a beautiful princess for the evening, or Susie Thompson, a hot and sexy Latin dancer and five-year American Rhythm National Champion, I focus on capturing an emotion, a style, an attitude, or an energy and put my heart and soul into it. I love creating for a person something that captures and communicates their essence."

By combining her aspirations of creating beautiful Cinderella-like ball gowns and her love of costuming history, she can share that dream with you through the bridal line, Kathryn and Alexandra.

Laurie has also focused her natural gift on creating classic and period clothing for men. Therefore, we offer custom attire for grooms. We are proud to offer her creative, inspiring talent and experience through our custom bridal wear.


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