Amazing Dress, Amazing Woman: Isabel

October 12, 2016

Amazing Dress, Amazing Woman: Isabel

Photo Source: Book People's Blog

Meet Isabel - A figure-skimming silk chiffon dress and an amazing woman

Each Celia Grace wedding dress is named in honor of an inspiring woman because we believe each brides is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. This figure-skimming silk chiffon dress with a dramatic back and train is named in honor of famous Chilean-American author Isabel Allende.

Isabel Allende Llona was born to Chilean parents on August 2, 1942 in Peru. Following her father's disappearance in 1945, Isabel, her mother and her three siblings moved to Santiago, Chile. Her mother married a diplomat to Bolivia and Lebanon in 1953, and Isabel spent the subsequent years moving between an American private school in Bolivia and an English private school in Lebanon with her family.  

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Photo Source: Isabel Allende website

Isabel was a voracious reader, especially fond of William Shakespeare. After finishing high school, she worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. She also married Miguel Frías, a classmate from high school. Isabel was fired from her brief stint as a translator of English romance novels, because she changed dialogue and plot elements to empower the female characters.

This dress was named for an inspiring woman, Isabel Allende.

Isabel Allende's literary career began in 1967 with Paula magazine and in 1969 with Mampato magazine. She published two children's stories and a collection of articles. Following the advice of famous poet Pablo Neruda, Isabel published her satirical articles as her first book.

In 1973, Augusto Pinochet took power in Chile through a CIA-backed military coup. Isabel Allende helped her mother and step-father find safe passage, as well as others on the wanted list. She was forced to flee and spent the next 13 years in Venezuela where she worked as a freelance journalist for El Nacional until 1983. In 1981, Isabel wrote a letter to her dying grandfather that was published the following year as The House of Spirits.She went on to write numerous acclaimed novels, including Eva Luna and Zorro, and Paula, a memoir about her past written to her daughter Paula, who died of a medication error for porphyria.

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Photo Source: Isabel Allende website

Isabel Allende's novels are known for her use of magical realism, historical events, personal history and centering of women. She has received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize, and her books have sold over 56 million copies and have been translated into over 30 languages. 

Now a California resident, Isabel Allende continues to advocate for girls and women around the world through her writing and the Isabel Allende Foundation.

This dress gives back by through safe and fair work conditions and pay that allow dressmakers to take their kids to the doctor and send their girls to school.

The Isabel dress is made following fair trade practices and Celia Grace donates a school uniform to a girl in Cambodia with every dress sold through the organization Tailored for Education. 

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