Interview with Mark Zunino
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest challenge is being happy with what you find. An upcoming wedding somehow kickstarts a woman’s valiance to making sure she looks her best, as well as trigger deep self-reflection. For her, walking down that aisle means walking towards a new life chapter, and she should be walking towards that chapter reflecting as close to her ideal woman as she hopes to be-the-best possible emotional and physical version of herself. In steps celebrity designer Mark Zunino, whose craftsmanship, flair and a genuine desire to see every woman embrace who she is – with fabulous aplomb.
“I always see the Mark Zunino girl as being a force. She’s not a quiet person. She’s very confident because my clothes are always a little different…and just because of that you stand out a little more. Doing all the red carpet that I do, that’s what I do: I make women stand out and I make them get a lot of attention. And knowing that I do that, those are the women that I get…they like pushing the envelope, they definitely dress for themselves than for someone else,” Zunino explained. The Mark Zunino Fall 2015 collection illustrates the same fluidity but shines with unfinished semi-precious stones beaded to resemble crushed glass. One dress, in particular, looks fit for an ice queen, with bursts of crystal snowflake patterns cascading down a full skirt made of nude silk organza. Another gown boasts thin straps and a deep V-cut in the front and back, complemented by a sheath of delicate frost over nude lining.
Elsa better step her style game way up.
Perhaps what also needs an upgrade is how we define body acceptance; the idea that one is absolutely content with their entire body. Because “no matter how perfect or imperfect someone’s body is, no one’s ever totally happy with it,” Zunino said plainly.
“I like when a woman will put on a dress and the first thing she says is ‘Oh my god, look how I look, look how my body looks!’ You’re changing a vision she has about herself. You’re making it better, you’re making her happier, and immediately she feels prettier, sexier… and I think we all gravitate to whatever we feel we look a little better in and we’ll wear that over and over again even if you have a closet full of everything else,” he explains. That bit of life knowledge combined with Zunino’s background in architecture and costume design means that dresses come built with hidden features like corsets that give brides their ideal shape while allowing her to do more natural things, like breath.
Yes, even Queen Bey herself occasionally dons a Zunino corset underneath her red carpet ensemble.
So what does that mean for the rest of us who really get one event to take center stage?
“Hopefully, every woman that puts on any of my dresses feels like ‘this is the dress I could wear everyday’,” Zunino said.
We hope so too.