Paula Varsalona, Raytown High School, Class of 1967
Paula Varsalona has been named one of the country’s top ten bridal designers by New York Magazine. She credits the strong values and ethics she developed in her Raytown High School years as a spring board for her success.
For the past 30 years, Paula has dressed more than 50,000 brides for their weddings and generated over $100 million in retail sales. Among her most famous dressed are Joy Philbin, wife of Regis Philbin, Cookie Johnson, wife of Magic Johnson, and Miss Teen USA 2005.
Paula is also no stranger to movies and television. Her bridal line has been featured in such shows as “The Today Show”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “Good Morning America”, and, most recently, “The Apprentice.” Her dresses are regularly showcased through the likes of TheKnot.com, The Wedding Channel, and Bridal Magazine.
The bridal industry has continuously recognized Paula’s creativity and business accomplishments; including honoring her with the first ever Couture Bridal Award from Modern Bride Magazine.
Paula lists her family as one of her greatest personal accomplishments. The Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame proudly welcomes Paula Varsalona.