BlacMéra, the couture brand founded by Yuliana Candra, has a vision to bring the femininity and the romanticism of the old world to modern, strong, and powerful women.
The designer draws her inspiration from the the heritage of world cultures and transforms the rich nuances into contemporary high fashion through detailed craftsmanship and the finest textiles. Her understanding of grace and beauty from a seasoned exploration around the world is expressed meticulously through distinctive beading, hand embroidery, crystal work, and intricate embellishments. The lavish and alluring signature pieces are cut-to-the-curve to accentuate the feminine silhouette.
BlacMéra’s collections are glamorous and sophisticated, yet unique and bold with historical opulence and a personalized character. “I am often asked what is my inspiration for the hand painted tunic dresses, says Ms. Candra. “Photography is my long-time passion and I captured beauty from unusual places and objects, such as a rustic window in Morocco, an elephant face full of wrinkles in Rajashtan, a pile of colorful garbage in Zanzibar Island. I gathered knowledge of unfortunate dying arts in various places. I have always wanted to do something about reviving them. Here I am, finally connecting everything I love: travel, photography, culture, arts, and making a difference.”
BlacMéra was featured at the recent 53rd Grammy Awards as well as at the Primetime Emmy and ESPN/ESPY Awards. At the 2011 Academy Awards celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams were among the nominees who received the designer’s signature hand painted tunics. Yuliana Candra is a favourite designer of Riza Santos, the recently crowned Miss World Canada 2011, who wore BlacMéra’s evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and jewelry during the competition.