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I promised you more on the Dior exhibition 'Designer of Dreams' at the V&A and here it is. Read on to find out about one of Dior's own bridal designs 

Dior - Designer of Dreams and (lover of surprisingly light fabrics) 

It might surprise you to learn that Dior was not a fan of heavy fabrics for bridal wear for young brides. He advised them to wear fine cottons instead, with a simple veil and small tiara or bow 
The dress on the left was designed by Dior in 1953 and was made of cotton muslin and metal thread. It was heavily embroidered with a beautiful flower pattern with a gold stalk and leaves. Today it would be unheard of for muslin to be used. This is now a fabric that we use in the construction of the toile for a gown. This is the prototype garment we make to test a pattern 
Ms Jane Stoddart wore this wedding dress at the age of 19 and she said the dress was very light and easy to wear. This is unsurprising given the fabric used. It was traditional at the time to wear a heavy corset underneath. Although with this style of dress that would not strictly have been necessary 
All over embroidered fabrics are not trends we see much of today but with the advent of some gorgeous new printed organzas I predict this trend may return. Read on to find out about the current incumbent creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri and her take on flowers..... 

Maria Grazia Chiuri - feminist (and Designer of Dreams) 

This amazing female designer was the first woman to be appointed to the top post at Dior. In the great tradition of creative directors at Dior she has not shied away from controversy  
Chiuri has her finger on the pulse. She is quoted as saying 'I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today'. Putting women front and centre she specialises in romatic, ethereal evening gowns 
In 'The Garden' of the exhibition I came across the truly gorgeous evening gown on the right. This 2017 dress called 'Jardin Fleuri' was created by using layers of cut and dyed feathers. These imitated a rich floral bouquet scattered across the bodice and skirt, which were made out of ethereal tulle 
Maria's first couture collection for Dior was shown in the garden of the Musee Rodin. Models meandered through a secret garden. It was complete with moss-covered floor, boxwood hedging and charms hanging from trees. What an image, and one that brides of today could easily recreate for themselves. Read on to find out how...... 

Five key ingredients for your own magical secret garden wedding: 

1. A magical secret garden (not too hard to find, try your local stately home or grand house) 
2. Lots of skipping flower girls in Lychgate silk flower girl dresses (think Kate Moss' wedding to Jamie Hince) 
3. A dozen prancing page-boys, in Lychgate white shorts and waistcoats, me thinks 
4. A carpeted aisle covered in petals (best to go with carpet if you've got a killer pair of heels) 
5. A Lychgate romantic bespoke wedding dress in chiffon or tulle. Book your free initial consultation HERE 
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