There are lots of perks to my job. I have made my sister's and lot's of my best friend's wedding dresses but this one I think tops them all! This is a dress that my adorable niece Lua designed and chose the fabric for, I then had the pleasure of making it for her...
What should you choose first; your wedding dress, or your venue? It’s a question as old as the chicken and the egg conundrum. (Well, not quite, but you get the idea.)
Getting engaged is such an exciting time for you and your fiancée and it’s understandable to want to jump right into dress shopping and all the fun that comes with it. After all, wedding dress appointments are just like playing dress up for an hour and a half while all your friends and family tell you how beautiful you look. Sounds fun, right? [read more]
At the end of last year, I had the pleasure of working with a student who was in her final year at Birmingham City University studying on the BA Fashion degree. For her final year project she needed to collaborate with a company in the industry and she chose me!
The project required her to create two full outfits from designs taken from my collection. The objective being to take these 2 garments through the manufacturing process, from initial sketches to fully finished pieces.
The project ran from January through to May, and during that time she made various studio visits for fittings and manufacturing advice (and tea)!
Since finishing her degree in the summer she has started her first job as a design assistant’s at a manufactures, well done Sade! x
Some snippets from her portfolio
Silk taffeta evening dress, Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1955.
I took a day out from the studio last week and went to the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition currently showing at the V&A.
There are over 100 pieces to see from the master of couture himself and his contemporaries. Well worth a visit to see first hand some of his iconic pieces such as the ‘envelope’ dress.
On at the V&A until 18th February 2018
Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga.
As I was flicking through my sketch books recently, I thought it might be nice to share with you some designs from previous commissions in the early stages, coupled with photos of the finished dress; to illustrate the thought process. The photos on the left relate to the dresses on the right... shown in all their glory on 'the big day'!
Earlier in the year my pleated silk georgette wedding dress 'Cora' was lucky enough to be chosen for this gorgeous wedding shoot. Taking place at 'The Barn at Upcote'; a family run farm nestled in the cotswold hills, it was the perfect setting to celebrate the coming of spring.
Wedding Planner, stylist & Floral Designer, 'Alexandra Rose Weddings', 'Mary Smith Photography', was in charge of the lens, 'Maxine Wilson Make-up Artist', for the make-up, and yours truly for the frock! (As featured on 'Whimsical Wonderland Weddings'.)
Enjoying the fine line between art and fashion at Paris Fashion Week with my former student; the super talented Micol Ragni