Possible Dreams

by Danilo Brunetti

Designer Antonio Riva has turned the bridal gown into a true work of art. Federico Schiaffino explains.

Established in the northern city of Lecco more than 25 years ago, atelier Antonio Riva Milano has become synonymous with the excellence of Italian style, creating haute couture bridal gowns as well as dresses for ceremonies and other special occasions. The brand’s unique and original style strikes a perfect balance between innovation and tradition, classic and modern, elegant and contemporary. The sheer, physical volume of Riva’s gowns play an important role in the artistic process and create a distinctive sculptural and three-dimensional effect. Another signature feature are his oversized bows, a bold yet whimsical detail that makes his creations instantly recognizable.

Riva’s dresses are conceived like works of art, conceptualized from the pure fantasy and artisanal skill of a great couturier, able to give shape to the wearer’s wishes and dreams. Over the years, Antonio Riva Milano has been distinguished by an innate passion for the quality and excellence of the materials that go into each gown. The fabrics are carefully selected from the most prestigious Italian silk factories in order to guarantee the highest level of “Made in Italy” quality. All dresses are rigorously handmade by experienced pattern-makers and seamstresses who give life to Antonio Riva Milano’s elegant creations, carrying out the most refined sartorial traditions and workmanship. All this, in addition to Riva’s indisputable talent, has earned him the Elle International Bridal Award.

The new Rome atelier of the fashion house, located in prestigious Palazzo Grazioli, is characterized by large vaulted ceilings adorned with imposing crystal chandeliers, soaring columns of precious marble, and an arresting geometric pattern of a black and white checkerboard floor. The furnishings in the warm colors of powder pink and bronze have been designed to create a welcoming, exclusive space where the most demanding women are accompanied and guided to choose the dress of their dreams.

>Via del Plebiscito, 102. Tel 0696119820. antonioriva.com