Victoria McMillan, designer of the Alvina Valenta Bridal and Bridesmaids collections, creates romantic bridal fashions that are timelessly beautiful, modern and sophisticated.
Passionate about art and fashion from her youth, Victoria attended the Nesbitt College of Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After just one class in fashion design, she knew her calling- bridal design. Upon graduation, she accepted a position on the staff of well-known bridal designer, Christos. Shortly after, Victoria, with the help of her husband Daniel McMillan, founded her own design house, Alvina Valenta, in West Babylon, New York. The name, Alvina Valenta, is a tribute to her beloved German grandmother Alvina Valenta Kleshick.
In 1997, Victoria sold Alvina Valenta to JLM Couture, remaining in the post of head designer.
Victoria has made a name for herself in the industry for her signature ultra-feminine silhouettes and enchanting romantic details. “I think what most inspires me is anything that is soft, delicately feminine and romantic,” she says. “It can be the softness of a flower, the delicate pattern of a swatch of wallpaper or the brilliance of an exquisite piece of jewelry.”
In 2007, Victoria was awarded the Couture Bridal Award in the category of Classic Gowns. In addition to receiving the Couture Bridal Award, Victoria was also nominated for the Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry (DEBI) award in the category of Style Innovator.
The designer’s attention to detail, as well as her keen eye for silhouettes, has enabled her to create some of the most beautiful and distinctive fashions in the bridal industry.
The bride looking for soft, romantic styles should check out Alvina Valenta's website.