My Gown Collection with Maggie Sottero



From a young age I had a passion for crayons, art, doodling, sketching and creating. It was in high school that I first knew I wanted to be a fashion designer and make my way to LA to pursue my dreams. It was at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising that I realized my love for dresses stretched beyond evening wear but grew into a deeper love for wedding gowns and the artistry behind each design.

From getting my first break in the fashion industry at Kiyonna Clothing to working at various bridal salons, I look back with such fondness and thank everyone who gave me a chance or inspired me to keep on going.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would design a collection of gowns with one of the most influential bridal companies in the industry, Maggie Sottero.

The inspiration behind this collection is truly the idea that you can be a princess and feel glamorous on your wedding day without the fullness of a ball-gown. I enjoy silhouettes that are streamline and fluid with artistic and vintage details in the bodice or neckline while still being comfortable to wear. The Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero gowns are versatile and can be worn in a church, ballroom, winery, beach or wherever your heart desires.

I am beyond elated to share my gowns with you and excited for two others to debut once I marry Chris. Whether they are your style and taste or not, they have a lot of love behind them that I hope will translate as a bride walks down the aisle to her future.

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Last weekend was The Knot’s LA Couture show where my collection debuted but I look forward to Chicago and NYC’s bridal markets and the gowns being available in stores by this Dec/ Jan 2015.

Keep dreaming. They do come true.


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  • Arleen Spendlove

    I love the elegance of the design. Not so much on the head crown. But the dresses look elegant. Can’t wait to see the two special designs for your wedding day! Great job Des. Your dreams are coming to a reality. Congratulations!

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  • Victoria

    Des, they are gorgeous! Huge congrats to you, you truly deserve this. Thank you for sharing the pics, especially the ones with the models, as the true beauty of your designs is much more evident on real people than on the manikins :). Keep up the good work.

    • desireehartsock

      Thank you so much Victoria! I truly appreciate that and am really excited about them. 😉

  • Kiana Gonzalez

    These are gorgeous! I hope you post a link to where they can be tried on/purchased once they’ve hit stores! I might be getting married soon and would love to try some of these on =)

    • desireehartsock

      I will post where the stores will be once I know in October. Stay tuned

  • Jackie

    Congrats Des. You go girl.

  • Hilery

    I absolutely can not wait to start wedding dress shopping. I’m getting married November 2015, and I am holding off on dress shopping until I can put one of these beauty’s on!

    • desireehartsock

      That’s so exciting! Congratulations. Hope you get to try them on soon at a store near you!

  • Nancy Baraw

    They are just lovely! Can’t wait to see them in person.

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