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How Mark Badgley and James Mischka Transformed the Fashion Industry

The White Collection is proud to present a range of Badgley Mischka bridal shoes. With a timeless appeal to fashionable women, Badgley Mischka bridal shoes have been a perfect match for completing the finishing touch for the special wedding day. We'd love to hear about your favourite Badgley Mischka shoes - please comment below! 


Mark Badgley and James Mischka are the designers behind the bridal shoes we all know and love. Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers”. This design duo have made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear, shoes and accessories.


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About Mark Badgley James Mischka

Badgley was born in 1961 in East St. Louis Missouri. When Badgeley first started designing, he was only a child sketching evening clothes, Badgely remembers himself “drawing women and clothes when I could barely hold a crayon.” Badgley then studied art at the University of Oregon and moved to the University of Southern California in which he took part in studying business. In 1982, Badgely enrolled himself at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he was able to further pursue studies that led to the success of his career.


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James Mischka was born in 1960 and is the eldest of three boys. Mischka was a native of California, where his family moved from the beach life in Malibu to New Jersey when he was 12. Mischka found the transition difficult, he said that “in Malibu we would make love beads and dye our clothes” but “In New Jersey, it was totally chinos and button-down shirts.” In Mischka’s last year of high school he won a National Merit Scholarship and used it for attending Rice University. He studied a biomedical engineering major where he planned on designing artificial limbs as a career. Eventually he changed to an arts-management program at a school in Houston, Texas. In the end he found himself studying at the Parsons School of Design at New York City in 1982.


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This dynamic duo finally met studying at Parsons, graduating in 1985. Before the success of their ‘Badgley Mischka’ line, both men spent their time designing for leading fashion lines - Mark for Donna Karan and James, the men’s collection for Will Smith.

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The Launch

The launch of 'Badgley Mischka' was in 1988, where they have captivated the fashion press and retailers around the world. They both share a similar aesthetic that was influenced by Old Hollywood elegance and glamour. This allowed them to work hand in hand together to develop a sophisticated style, targeting their line to a younger modern couture customer and at the same time catering for women of any age. Not only are their clothes, shoes and accessories beautifully made, but they are also beautiful to wear.


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They have retained this design philosophy consistently throughout their collections. Their timeless appeal has attracted the Darlings of the Hollywood Set, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren and Ashley Judd.Badgley Mishcka bridal shoes have been worn by celebrities from the stage and screen.


Not only are their clothes, shoes and accessories beautifully made, but they are also beautiful to wear.James Badgley Mischka continue to be the frontrunners in designing bridal fashion shoes, making them renown around the world with their signature embellishments shoes providing brides elegance and glamour on their wedding day.


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