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Pankoke is the creative director and founder of Elaya Vaughn. It's "a luxury bridal line that specializes in structured, vintage-inspired gowns," she told Factio. "Quality is of the utmost importance, so we use only the highest- quality materials, and all of our gowns are made in the USA—actually, right here in Chicago."
Pankoke described her design aesthetic as artful and feminine. "I believe that there is a formula for the perfect gown," Pankoke said. "It needs to be a little bit sexy, a little bit flirty, and a little bit whimsical. The percentage of each of these elements depends on the bride."
· Meet Project Runway Alum Kate Pankoke at Roof on the Wit! [Factio-Magazine]
· Elaya Vaughn [Official Site]