Stephanie London was born in Orlando, Florida, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. While in high school she found an interest in painting. After spending a couple of years teaching herself to paint, she went on to graduate from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting, in 2000.
While exploring the combination of color, line, and texture at the university, Stephanie found an interest in using women's dress as her imagery. The next natural step was then to continue her studies, so, Stephanie moved to New York City in 2001, and studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Several months after completing her studies, she was making a routine visit to the roof of her building to read; however, she slipped and suffered a life threatening 5-story fall off the fire escape of her building. After spending several weeks in the hospital, Stephanie then returned to Kansas for her recovery.
During her more than 15 months of recovery, Stephanie came up with the idea of capturing the dress that has become special to the woman who wore it. Stephanie creates paintings and drawings which capture the beauty of a brides’ wedding gown. Her work has been represented by some of the bridal industries top names, such as, Kleinfeld Bridal, Bridal Bar, and Get Married.
Influenced greatly by the frailty of life, and long captivated by the detailed textiles, architecture and beauty of India, Stephanie donates a portion of her proceeds to organizations that rescue and rehabilitate women caught in the sex trafficking industry in Mumbai, India, and other various locations.
Queen Victoria’s wedding dress: the one that started it all.
Victoria was so fond of her wedding attire, so enamored with Albert and the whole romance of the wedding, that she posed for numerous paintings in her dress. A close inspection of all the different depictions of Victoria’s dress over the years, reveals numerous minor differences, making it very likely that she had elements of the dress altered as the mood suited her, and to align with changing fashions.
Queen Victoria also had an engraving made of the wedding, to enable wide distribution of images of her wedding dress.