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Born Angel Rocky Rivera to Spanish parents Madeline and Angel Sr., Angel was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and moved to Ohio at the age of two where he was raised. Growing up, Angel dressed and accessorized his sisters Sheila and Christina for all occasions. As a child, Angel was obsessed with fashion, and especially bridal gowns. Angel says, “It’s the one garment that a woman feels special wearing, and will always remember and treasure”. In his free time, Angel was always sketching. His mother says, “I remember him at the young age of six sketching gowns, and saying that he was going to be a designer”.
After high school Angel attended Youngstown State University in Ohio and received his bachelor’s degree in Fashion Studies. Just days after graduation, he left Ohio and went to New York in search of a career in fashion. Since then, Angel has worked with well known companies such as Amsale, Kenneth Pool, Christos, Kirstie Kelly, and the world famous Kleinfeld. He also continued his education in pattern making at the Parsons School of Design.
As fate would have it, Angel designed a bridal gown for a friend, and soon after word spread and more requests were coming in. Friends, family and coworkers encouraged him to begin his collection. What began as a dream has turned into an exquisite collection of gowns that exude beauty, elegance, sophistication, glamour and a modern flair. The use of the finest silks, laces, embroideries and beading are staples of Angel Rivera. It all begins with a sketch that is brought to life through expert pattern making, draping and fitting. From the inspiration of the gown to the runway, Angel Rivera’s gowns continue to capture the hearts of brides around the world. As well as celebrities such as Martina McBride, Essence Atkins, and Kim Richards.