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Posts from February 2019

The news broke today of the sad death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld 
It was wonderful to attend the Hutton Hall wedding show this weekend 
This grade two listed building is set in 8 acres of land in Hutton Village. It's partially surrounded by a moat that leads to Hutton Village's 14th century church.  
 
Hutton Hall dates from the 1720s and is only the third house to have existed on the site. The first property was a moated saxon homestead which was part of a substantial estate valued at £6 in Domesday times - a princely sum at that time!  
 
If you missed me at this show I am showing my bridalwear and children's occasionwear collections at Orsett Hall this weekend comning (25th February 2019) from 11am and 3pm. Come and say 'Hello'. I'd love to tell you about the wonderful process of creating an individually designed made to measure wedding dress.  
 
Love 
 
Nic 
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Come and see my products at the Hutton Hall Wedding Show 
This beautiful building will play host to a wedding show on 17th February 2019 from 11am to 3pm and I am very proud to be showing my wonderful individually designed, made to measure bridalwear and adorable children's special occasion wear at the event.  
 
I would love to talk to you about what an individually designed dress could do for you. All Lychgate bridal gowns are one-off exclusive creations made in the finest silk. If you are looking for the wow factor a bespoke dress could be for you.  
 
Nic 
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Find out top tips on choosing your wedding dress  
Many brides are not at all sure of their figure type and what dress shape will have the wow factor on the big day. Lychgate are publishing a series of tutorials on Youtube to help brides choose the best dress for them. Watch the video clip to find out whether or not a ballgown will suit you 
Today was another voyage of adventure into the weird and wonderful world of the photography studio.  
We were shooting images of some beautiful flowergirl and first communion dresses which are about to go on sale.  
 
As I open the door to the studio I never know what I am going to see. This time, hanging just inside the door, were once again the bloodied T-shirts, well, I say bloodied but we're actually talking paint (you guessed, right?). Who knows why they're there, but this studio doubles as a film/TV/advertising and general media studio so it's fun speculating. 
 
There's more than enough eclectic furniture for an antique shop akin to Mr Gruber's shop in Paddington, with some gorgeous Chesterfield settees for waiting models, Mums and Grandmas. Interesting trunks and blanket boxes call to the curious but I've never been so bold as to to take a look. I suspect they may be troves of treasure....who knows. 
 
We had great fun filming with the little chap in the image as the studio has a cyclorama wall (impressed, you should be, but I confess I looked it up). This is an infinity curve at the base of the studio wall. Great fun for rolling a ball up and down. You can see our model watching the ball come towards him.  
 
Can't wait for our next visit! 
 
Nic 
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This, my friends, is the gorgeous 'Fleur' flowergirl dress waiting patiently on its hanger for Lychgate's photoshoot on Sunday. 
Fleur is made out of silk dupion, which is a plain weave crisp fabric. During weaving the warp carries a fine thread and the weft uneven thread. This produces a highly lustrous surface and slubbed effect. Slubbing occurs naturally to a greater or lesser effect and this is part of its charm.  
 
India is famous for its silk production and most dupion is made in Varanasi. Varanasi is known throughout India for its high quality silk production, mainly done within households.  
 
Many weavers belong to a weaving community known as 'Ansari' or 'helper' in Arabic. Weaving has been passed down the generations, with hand-weaving being done on room-sized looms.  
 
There is evidence of silk production in Varanasi as early as the 2nd and 3rd century, when Buddha is said to have sanctioned the use of silk shawls by monks.  
 
 
I have it on good authority that white is making a resurgence as a colour for wedding dresses in the UK 
This is as opposed to ivory, which comes in two shades, light and dark, and which has been more popular than white for some time.  
 
Personally, I love a bright white wedding dress. The dress in the image is from Lychgate's 'Aoife' range of flower-girl/first communion dresses, that I have been developing recently, but this organza/taffetta combination shows what a gorgeous colour white can be. 
 
A misconception is that white or its variant ivory has been THE colour for bridal gowns forever but this is not actually true. It became popular in the UK only in victorian times, after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding. Nevertheless records do show that Mary Queen of Scots wore a white gown in 1559 when she married her first husband, Francis Dauphin of France.  
 
It was at the end of the 19th century that the white wedding dress became the gown of choice for wealthy, upper class brides on both sides of the atlantic, but it was not widely adopted by the middle classes until after WWII 
 
Check out this row of beautiful first communion/flowergirl dresses awaiting finishing touches before going for photography.  
 
I have really enjoyed making these out of fabulous silk dupion and silk organza with sparkly crystal applique. Thank you James Hare Fabrics and Platinum Bridal Fabrics for supplying me with these gorgeous materials, such a pleasure to work with. 
 
These will be going on sale in February, so watch this space.  
 
Nic 
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I love the fact that the silk worm comes from the domestic silkmoth known as 'Bombyx Mori'. What a fabulous name! It's latin for 'Silk of the Mulberry Tree'. 
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