Celia Cruz was a Cuban-American singer who is said by many to be the most popular and influential salsa performers of all time. Born in Havana, she rose to fame in the 1950s breaking down every doubt that a woman could sell salsa records at all. She left her home in Cuba soon after her rise to stardom to live in the United States after the ascent of Fidel Castro. Enraged by her defiance and choice to become an American citizen in the early 60s, Fidel barred her from ever returning to Cuba.
Although, Celia was the queen of salsa and usually dressed accordingly from head to toe, we wanted to honor her with drama and volume, but also wanted to make it modern and contemporary. We brought the flavor to our Celia gown with a low back, the skinniest of straps, a criss-cross back detail, a built in petticoat for subtle fullness, and a pooled hem on every layer of decadent 4-ply silk crepe.
During her vibrant life, Celia went onto winning several Grammy's and Latin Grammy's and earned twenty-three golden albums. However, most importantly, she loved a man. Her husband, Pedro, who stuck by her side through her joyous success and the heartbreak of never being able to return to her home country. This gown captures the life and bold personality of the real Celia, who will always be the queen of salsa and our beloved inspiration.
This one's for you, Celia