Ladies’ Frocks in a Gentleman’s Club

Saturday morning saw a group of us at the Leeds Club – a private members gentlemen’s club in Leeds City Centre – taking advantage of the beautiful setting to shoot some Eliza dresses.  Stepping into the Leeds Club, located on Albion Place in Leeds, is like taking a step back in time to a more genteel time, so of course it should be the perfect setting for another Eliza Wyke/Nicky Chadwick shoot.

Eleanor models the slightly modified silk and tulle dress now renamed the “Eleanor”. Here I make some last minute adjustments before the shoot commences

For once we had an indoor setting (and the weather was fine and warm) and a splendid changing room (which makes a change for the models from laying down in the back of a car or getting changed behind coats!).  Some of the dresses have been photographed before, whilst some are new designs.

Eleanor in the bar
Eleanor is reluctant to take off her namesake!

Once again Zaira Cantara (www.zairacantara.com) worked her magic to create extra special make up looks.

Zaira’s stunning make-up and Gillian’s unique designs complete the look
Zaira creates dramatic eyes to add drama to the look

Gillian Tinney of Dee & Gee Designs (www.deeandgeedesigns.co.uk) came along to dress our models in her unique designs of jewellery.

Gillian’s designs pick out the colours in the Mother of the Bride outfit

Even my mother decided to take her turn at modelling by wearing a couple of Mother of the Bride outfits (including her own mother of the bride specially designed and made for my wedding last December).

Mum in her official Mother of the Bride outfit worn last December for my wedding
Silk dupion jacket with a silk satin dress
Sheer sleeves on a dress are a great way to hide yet still reveal – this one is a silk satin full wrap dress with sheer sleeves
Eleanor is finally persuaded to change into this fitted floral 1950’s inspired waisted shift dress
…and this twirly one!
The shoe dress
Dramatic dress and dramatic make-up

Deep plunge silk crepe shift
Jenny models a bias cut wedding dress

Reclining in a bias cut evening dress

And at the end of the shoot, I decided to try my hand at a spot of modelling, in this my own design peach-skin silk shift… don’t worry I won’t give up the day job!

Designer trying her hand at modelling… perhaps not!
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