Sarah LaPadula is an American couture fashion designer based in New York, New York. She was born in Dallas, Texas, raised in New Hampshire, and lived in Tokyo, Japan for several years where she attended Seisen International School. In addition to living abroad, her family's travels to India, Malaysia, China, Scotland, Guam, and Korea encouraged her fascination with fashion design, particularly from historical and architectural perspectives.
Her ever-changing surroundings have been a strong source of inspiration, although many of her designs appear in dreams. "Many times, I'll sketch a gown in great detail, down to the last bead or petal, but my dreams always have the last word." She credits the creative process as a source of hope and resilience. "Despite the opportunities I was given as a young person, traveling and learning, I also know what it is to struggle and fight for success. These designs come from my vision of what victory, or celebration, looks and feels like, a kind of visual, tactile redemption. I want women to feel that way when they wear one of my gowns. Every woman wants and deserves that transcendent moment."