Well, what a great start to 2014! The 1930’s inspired wedding dress I made for this gorgeous bride, has been featured on www.lovemydress.net today!
Laura first came to me in December of 2012 to discuss the possibility of me creating her wedding dress. The wedding was to be styled around the jazz age, reflecting the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. When she first showed me the inspiration for her dress – a picture of Madeleine Vionnet’s beautiful 1930s evening dress – my jaw dropped. I was so excited to be asked to re-create this beautiful gown – the fringing looked just beautiful and I imagined that the feeling of swishing around in a dress like that would be amazing!
This was going to be my most challenging project to date, but how on earth was I going to get all that scalloped fringing looking just right?! The fringing on the original dress had been painstakingly created using “individual graduated lengths of silk thread passed and looped through the fabric, with each thread forming two drops of fringe.” (www.metmuseum.org) Though I really admired the patience and accuracy of the person who made this, I wasn’t about to replicate it in a hurry! I was very glad when Laura called me to say that she had found some ready-made fringing in the perfect colour. However, this was only the beginning of a very complicated and fiddly task. The fringing was all one length and so had to be cut to the correct length for each tier. The skirt was bias-cut so I then had to hand- tack it all in place to make sure that it looked right when she tried it on, and once that was done I had to go back and hand-sew it all in properly. It took a looooong time!
It was undeniably worth it though – as she looked stunning and (thankfully) was very pleased with the end result! Speaking to Annabel at www.lovemydress.net she said:
“Without trying on a single other dress, I found a photograph of a vintage dress on a fashion museum website and knew it was the one. My Maid of Honour, Hatti, redesigned the top half for me and Natasha Shaw of Harlequin Fox painstakingly replicated it for me from just two photographs. The fringing on it is just sublime (26 meters!) and I knew that the movement in it would be spectacular. It’s amazing how much you can love your dress!“
Laura was bubbly and friendly, with lots of creativity and clear-cut ideas, which made working with her an absolute dream! I was so pleased to meet her and happy that she let me be part of her special day.
To read the whole article on Laura’s wedding day go to: