“Asheville is home to so many incredible artists, thinkers, and makers,” Brooke says of the town she adopted in 2002. She produces custom wedding dresses and other gowns from modal (reconstituted cellulose from beech trees).
“I use it with a 5% spandex blend; it drapes exquisitely.” Being a traditionalist, too, Brooke incorporates heirloom textiles and adds insets or appliqué. Her work is available through her studio, 428-A Haywood Road (by appointment). Find lingerie and swimsuits, also part of her line, at Honeypot, 86 North Lexington Avenue. Bridal gowns start at $1,000. shiptoshoreshop.com or 828/242-1378