Get to know the creator of custom couture

The countdown to the CMH Fashion Week Bridal Show and Finale Runway Show is on. We're profiling the designers whose work you will see-and giving you a sneak peek of what will walk the runway. The bridal show is Oct. 11, and the finale Oct. 12; tickets are available Today, meetJoan Madison of Joan's Bridal.

Joan Madison of Joan's Bridal – With degrees in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Syracuse University, she worked in New York with Ellen Tracy, Liz Claiborne and Ann Taylor before relocating to Columbus for The Limited and Express. In 2000, she opened her own bridal boutique for custom, couture bridal gowns. Her distinctive line features details of asymmetric draping, peplums, ruching and layering.

CMH Fashion Week: Meet the Bridal Designers

Name: Joan Madison

Residence: Reynoldsburg

Credentials: School: FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Syracuse, Owner of Joan's Bridal Couture

My story:Joan's designer ambitions started at an early age, when growing up in Queens, New York, she was known to make new, custom-fitted clothing for Barbie dolls and sell them in the school cafeteria out of her lunchbox. By the age of 13, she made a wedding gown for her very first bridal customer and upon graduating from high school, went on to study at the acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology. After honing her professional skills in the New York Fashion District and at The Limited in Columbus, she went on to open her own full service bridal salon, Joan's Bridal Couture, in 2006.

Style icon: Beyoncé

Favorite designers: Vera Wang, Donna Karan

Favorite three pieces in your closet right now: Black pants, leopard shawl

True style is...knowing who you are and being able to interpret your true spirit through fashion. Showing true style is in the way you dress and not having to apologize for being you.

This collection:This collection is for the edgy, non-traditional and unconventional bride. It's fun and flirty, yet very sophisticated and contemporary.

Are items shown in this collection for sale? If so, what are the price points? Yes, they are, ranging in price from $2,500 and up.

Do you do custom work? If so, what are the price points? Yes, we do custom work, ranging from $2,500 and up.

Personal website and/or contact info: Website:, Email:, Phone: (614) 856-9848

Joan Madison
Joan's Bridal Couture
7382 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 856-9848