Jane Wilson-Marquis is a British transplant and native New Yorker of 40 years. There she studied dance, taught actors how to move and choreographed many integrated theater pieces. She began her career as a clothing designer in London, crossing the Atlantic over 20 years ago. After several successful incarnations, Jane now operates a private couturier salon specializing in fashion for the entire bridal party as well custom tailored eveningwear for her distinguished clientele. She recently started a new line, Wilson-Marquis, designing customized ready-to-wear specializing in jackets and vests.
In 1978 Jane partnered with Cora Hysinger to form Cora & Jane. Soon thereafter they were recognized as Soho ’s hot up and coming design team along with Commes des Garcon and Yoshi Yammamoto. Their specialty was unique hand beaded eveningwear. Cora & Jane’s designs were sold at Barney’s, all Saks Fifth Avenue Stores as well as many other high end retail outlets. Their designs were worn by the likes of Diana Ross and Edie Gorme. Publicity coverage was everywhere from Harper’s Bazaar to Women’s Wear Daily.
During these years Jane honed her craft, adding to her understanding of what is important to her customers. Slowly yesterday’s ”evening black” evolved into today’s “wedding white” as Jane built the company which now sells her exclusive designs. Jane’s designs have been featured in film, theater, television and the performing arts. The wedding designs on film can be seen in Sandra Bullock’s Force of Nature, Kate & Leopold starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, The Pallbearer starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Romance & Cigarettes starring Susan Sarandon and Mandy Moore. Jane’s fashions have also been featured on several reality shows on cable and on ABC’s One Life To Live. Jane Wilson-Marquis couture eveningwear has graced stages around the world, including New York ’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the United Nations.
Wedding Designs: Jane Wilson-Marquis’ meticulously handcrafted custom fitted designs are unsurpassed for their timeless elegance and sumptuous details. With years of experience, Jane is renowned for helping her customers create a one-of-a-kind gown within a reasonable budget. Jane uses only the very best silk fabrics, many of which are woven in England and Italy, to create elegant and unique designs. Embroidery designs, a Jane Wilson-Marquis exclusive, are hand done in England and can be custom-designed by the bride. Different colors and textures are also available for the bride who wants something truly distinct.
All gowns are made to a bride’s exact measurements with a series of fittings to ensure the couture ideal, along with elegant, beautiful, and distinctive evening wear options for Mother of the Bride or Groom and other wedding party members.