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Here Comes The (Model) Bride: Anja Rubik And Pucci’s Peter Dundas On Creating Her Perfect Wedding Dress


Some girls have all the luck. In addition to traveling the world to stalk the catwalks and shoot the campaigns, top model Anja Rubik also enjoys enviable access to the fashion world’s best designers—including her friend, Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas. When Rubik’s boyfriend, Sasha Knezevic, popped the question last year, Rubik and Dundas put their heads together to design the perfect wedding dress. The bride refuses to share details, sketches, or shots of the design before the wedding next month—bad luck, after all—but the duo checked in with about the design process, the product, and a few favorite runway (not runaway) brides.

When did you two meet?
Anja Rubik: We met many years ago when Peter was still at Cavalli.

Peter, you cast Anja frequently in your shows. What does she bring to the catwalk?
Peter Dundas: I have used Anja in shows since I designed for Ungaro. She is one of my absolute favorite models—a perfect mix of beautiful, sexy, and rock ‘n’ roll. She is also someone extremely friendly and fun to hang out with so it was natural for me to choose her whenever I had official events with a Pucci Girl.

And Anja, why did you ask Peter in particular to design your wedding gown?
AR: Peter is an excellent designer; he makes women look beautiful, sexy, and cool! He understands a woman’s body and underlines what’s best in it. I asked him to do my dress because l love his rock ‘n’ roll chic, bohemian style. He is also a great guy to hang out with, so my dress fittings are fun!

Did you have an idea of the design you wanted when you started?
AR: I asked Peter to design the dress based on a few of his previous looks that I loved, then he sketched a couple designs and we tweaked them together and added a few new ideas. We have a meeting next week to fit and choose the final lace.
PD: It’s funny, because we both had the same silhouette in mind. I have to say that it’s been surprising what a sharp eye she has. I may have to keep her as an assistant after this.

Peter, how do you think about a wedding dress differently from one destined for the red carpet?
PD: I think with a wedding dress it’s all about the bride, whereas for a classic red-carpet moment I channel her inner Pucci Girl. A wedding dress should reflect the wearer’s personality, make her the absolute best-looking she can be. Either way, in Pucci she should feel like the only girl in the world.

Do you have any favorite wedding dresses?
PD: My absolute favorite wedding dress is Bianca Jagger’s white skirtsuit—a real rock ‘n’ roll moment. I have to say, my mom looked pretty amazing, too.

Photos: Ian Gavan/Getty Images



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