Case study – Winter Wedding

Its difficult to write a case study about a wedding dress whilst designing the dress is always a secret.  Occasionally, the dress remains a secret forever.  This is the story of one such dress.

Late last year I was commissioned to create a secret wedding dress for Ms X.   Ms X, like most brides, came to me with a “mood board” of ideas.  Below are the ideas, and how we turned these into a reality of her dress.

The off the shoulder neckline was Ms X's inspiration within this image... she also liked the baggy sleeves until we discussed the impracticalities of having "gathered" sleeves!
The off the shoulder neckline was Ms X’s inspiration within this image… she also liked the baggy sleeves until we discussed the impracticalities of having “gathered” sleeves!
Ms X liked the gathred dress, was adamant she didn't want anything too straight.  However, it was quickly clear that the gathered skirt didn't suit her personality so this idea was dismissed early on
Ms X liked the gathered dress, was adamant she didn’t want anything too straight. However, it was quickly clear that the gathered skirt didn’t suit her figure or personality so this idea was dismissed early on
...and the final inspirational image was the cross-over section of bias strips on this lace dress.
…and the final inspirational image was the cross-over section of bias strips on this lace dress.

After several fittings, ditching sleeves altogether, a couple of false starts with the tartan (the original selection was sold out), and a few other modifications, this is the finished version.

Sky tartain peplum jacket over silk satin wedding gown with a small flared train
Sky tartain peplum jacket over silk satin wedding gown using James Hare silks with a small flared train
Rear viewof dress with bias cut ribbons of satin chiffon latticed across the bodice
Rear viewof dress with bias cut ribbons of satin chiffon latticed across the bodice
Side view of bias cut ribbons of chiffon
Side view of bias cut ribbons of chiffon…sadly my mannequin does not do the hips justice.
Side view
Side view
Three straps cut on the bias incorporated into the bodice to stop the heavy silk from relaxing knotted off with silk chiffon
Three straps cut on the bias incorporated into the bodice to stop the heavy silk from relaxing knotted off with silk chiffon

 

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