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March 23, 2007
Great gowns

Oksana Mukha

'Tis the season. No, not for the guy in the red suit, of course, but bridal season. Then again, shopping for a wedding gown happens year-round. And, while I'm not in the market for one, you brides-to-be out there might be interested to know that I found a local source of one-of-a-kind creations by one of eastern Europe's most up-and-coming fashion designers.

Her name is Oksana Mukha, and Granite Bay's Diamond Bridal Gallery is the exclusive American distributor for her gowns, which include both bridal and evening designs.

That said, the gallery will be hosting two upcoming bridal shows to showcase Oksana's creations:

The first is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Placer Bridal Show at the Gold Country Fair, 1273 High St. in Auburn. The second event is next month, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St.

In an e-mail, Vira Petrashyshyn. owner of the Diamond Bridal Gallery, says "Oksana's creations are more than merely wedding gowns or evening dresses, they are pieces of art. Each one is different, each one is special."

Each dress is hand-sewn and usually constructed from a variety of fabrics, colors and textures, such as French laces, natural silks, organzas, taffetas, hand-beaded pearls and handmade flowers.

If you're interested in a sneak peek, go here. Or, for more information about the shows or to schedule a fitting, call (916) 521-9856.

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