Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017
Designer Marc Bouwer

Designer Marc Bouwer

Marc Bouwer's designs have graced the covers of numerous magazines and entertainment red carpets thanks to his ability to create garments that complement a woman's figure. The South Africa–born designer, who spent time in the army before studying fashion and winning the South African Vogue Young designer award, got his big break in New York in the 1990s when he was invited to join Halston's studio. His versatility proved crucial to his success, as did word-of-mouth marketing and finding his niche as one of the first eveningwear-focused designers in the United States.

The Marc Bouwer aesthetic is the very definition of timeless elegance, touched by his love of cinema (he counts Blade Runner, Hero, and Marie Antoinette among his favorite films). The look is distinct — lush colors, plunging necklines, and daring up-to-there slits are undeniably sexy, yet kept in check by an appreciation for classic silver-screen glamour.

Whether making a guest appearance on television or designing a new collection, Bouwer sums up his professional demeanor in two words: hands on. "I'm protective of my brand," he says. "And strong, sexy women will always be my muses."

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