Meet VOW Experts Panelist Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts

Atlanta Apparel is pleased to have Barbara Coolidge Tibbetts of T. Carolyn Fashions in Houston, Texas be one of the experts joining our VOW Experts Panel on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Barbara, the daughter of missionary parents, grew up in Trinidad, West Indies and went on to attend the University of Tulsa School of Music. Upon graduation she found herself participating in hundreds of weddings as a musician, giving her ample opportunity to observe the latest trends in bridal fashion.

For Barbara there was always a tug of war between music and business and after a trip to Seoul, Korea business won. Following this trip, she started an import company, Affordable Eelskin, and later added International Fine Leather. This was followed by a new venture in 1991 when she and her daughter Terrie opened T. Carolyn Fashions, a specialty formalwear boutique with a focus on dresses for the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom. Customers now travel from near and far seeking their “perfect” wedding attire.

Her experience as a musician along with her daily encounters with mothers shopping in T. Carolyn inspired her to author a book entitled “I Want My Mother’s Dress to Match the Napkins… Funny Stories and Serious Advice for Looking Your Best at Your Child’s Wedding.” Her book has inspired a new television series about mothers of the bride and groom debuting in January 2013. “Mother of the Bride” will spotlight Barbara and Terrie working with mothers searching for that special dress.

Read more about Barbara and all of our VOW Expert Panelists and the VOW | New World of Bridal Market on our website

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