August 7, 2011 10:15 PM

Sara Hooser’s dress styles aren’t wed to tradition

White’s all right for most wedding gown designers, but Sara Hooser of Overland Park dares to design differently. Hooser, 26, is sketching and stitching her way into bridal couture with alternative options such as yellow gowns, black bodices and cocktail dresses. The first collection from her Ila Bean label debuted in March at Altar Bridal in Waldo, where Hooser works as a full-time manager.

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