Creative director, Kate Pankoke, started Elaya Vaughn in 2010. The name, Elaya Vaughn, comes from two of Pankoke’s family names.
Kate has been designing for ten years; however, as with most girls, her interest in bridal began early on in life. . While earning her B.A. in Apparel Design and Technology, she began her career with commissioned design work that consisted mostly of evening wear. It has always been her goal to start her own line, and that time finally came.
As a designer, Kate is very detail oriented and socially conscious; this is evident in the textile manipulation, and other fine details seen in each of her designs. As Creative Director, she ensures that each gown consists of the highest quality of materials and is proud to proclaim that all gown manufacturing remains in the USA.
Kate describes her design aesthetic as artful femininity. Foremost in her focus is the fit and feel on every bride’s figure. She insists that Elaya Vaughn is more than a brand; Elaya Vaughn is an Experience. Kate also understands that a wedding gown is unlike any other purchase a woman will make, and she is determined to make sure that this experience is just as unforgettable as the wedding itself.
This past year has been particularly exciting for Kate and the whole Elaya Vaughn family. She was a contestant on Season 11 of Project Runway and brought back as a Season 12 contestant. After taking home big wins on the Heidi Klum Surprise and Diamond Challenges, Kate became known for her structure and corsetry.
As her wedding approaches this November, the most frequent question we receive is, what will she wear?