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Posts from July 2019

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..... 
 
 

Christian Dior - fashion legend and bridal inspiration 

Struggling to decide what sort of wedding dress design will suit you? Get yourself down to the V&A exhibition 'Dior - Designer of Dreams', without further hesitation. Dior loved women and adored ballgowns and this exhibition is truly inspirational  
 
In 1947, Dior swept away post-war utiltarianism, producing the iconic 'Bar' cream jacket and black skirt. This was his 'New Look' and celebrated fitted bodices, soft shoulders, wasp waists and acres of swooshy fabric in the skirt. Challenged about his design he simply said 'I am giving the women the dresses they want. They're fed up with war restrictions...My full skirts are a release' 
 
Diors designs were wildly popular with society women, particularly Princess Margaret. She was said to have a 23 inch waist (not since I was age 7, if then). Sadly, Dior died in 1957 but in the decade before his death he designed 22 collections and over 90 new looks. His legacy did not die with him and there have been a succession of outstanding creative directors since. Read on to find out about John Galliano's time in office.... 
Mannequin wearing Dior New Look jacket and skirt
 

Wedding dress or jumpsuit? Over to you.... 

Let me ask you a question. Would you be brave enough to get married in a jumpsuit?  
 
Sophie Turner was, when she married Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in Las Vegas on 2 May 2019. The couple had attended the Bill Board Music Awards and got married in front of an Elvis Impersonator (who else) afterwards 
 
Super cool Sophie chose a Bevza ivory jumpsuit, which she wore with a wedding veil, as a nod to tradition. She paired it with gold 3.5 inch heel 'penny knot' mules from the achingly du jour Loeffler Randall. Sophie pulled it off of course and it was all filmed for insta (well, what else did you expect) 
 
 
Las Vegas sign

Bridal gown heaven.... 

One wedding is not enough of course, or is that wedding outfits? Royalty we know have at least two and Lady Gabriella Windsor had four (tut, tut, Lady Gabriella, that's what we call trying to upstage our beloved Princess Kate)  
 
You didn't really think that Sophie was going to sacrifice that lovely swishy feeling you get in a proper bridal gown? Of course not. Creative director at Loo Voo, Nicolas Ghesquiere did the honours and came up trumps I think 
 
Sophie was the poster girl for modest but revealing and proved beyond doubt that it is possible to be sexy without showing your bits. Go So! 
French church with sky

Sophie Turner's wedding gown essentials 

Here's the detail:  
White lace and satin bodice 
Split to the waist at the front  
Keyhole back  
Short satin sleeve with longer lace sleeve 
Full embroidered lace skirt and train 
Veil with lace and floral embroidery  
 
White wedding flowers, white roses, green foliage

Our top ten brides (chosen for effortless style and all over super-dooper bride-y-ness) 

We've only chosen three at the moment but watch this space... 
 
1. Kate, needs no other description, she was gloriously princessy but graciously modest all at the same time, we just love her  
2. Princess Eugenie, boldly went where no other princess had gone with her low-back and inspired many, we salute her 
3. Sophie Turner, didn't feel she needed to show her bits to be sexy, watch and learn ladies  
 
BTW, Loo Voo is nice if your other name is Sansa Stark and you've married a pop star, but if not, try Lychgate  
 
Nic 
XX 

Top tips for hot destination weddings 

In a previous blog I extolled the virtues of an Italian wedding. Who could resist a white sand beach, gently lapping water and a barefoot bride and groom? A hot foreign wedding destination comes with its own set of issues though (and not just what type of cocktail should one have next) 
 
The most important issues of course relate to the all important bridal gown. Key are these: 
 
What type of wedding dress will be suitable? 
How will it get there? 
Will it crease? 
 
Let me help 
beach scene at twilight, sea, sand and palm trees

Wedding Dress Fabric 

Do a bit of research on what temperature you can expect. Heavy silk fabrics are wonderful but not in 90 degree heat. Ideally go for light fabrics. Chiffons, laces, organzas and crepes flutter gently in an off-shore breeze  
 
I particularly like crepe backed satin from James Hare fabrics @jamesharefabric. This has a gorgeous light feel with lots of movement and a wonderful sheen that catches the light beautifully. Check out my bridal gallery page. The bride in the long ivory bridal dress in front of a blue door is wearing this fabric  
 
Boho is another great choice. Not just the preserve of the country bride, boho can look and feel great on a far-flung beach. Its staple is a light flowing fabric. We love the idea of our boho bride wandering romantically down the beach to her Best Beloved.  
Bride on sandy beach in ivory dress long sleeves and shoes and flowers in hands
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