There's something very romantic about British bridal fashion. They seem to have the waif/Goth/fairy-tale image all figured out . . . frothy head pieces, gossamer fabrics, florals everywhere. This is just a sampling of a few of my my favs in the industry . . .
One of the reasons I love Sassi's creations other than they are works of art in lace is that she designs and has all her gowns made by hand in her studio. Also I hear she's been in the business almost thirty years and is self taught. She sounds a lot like me. Sassi’s gowns are known mostly for cut, fit and her incredible use of just the right fabric.
I've been following this designer for many years and always marvel that she can take romantisim in so many different directions. A top notch corset maker, Terry works this skill into
Caroline is a master of combining fabrics and layering --underneath as well as outer fabrics
so that they flow and move beautifully. She also sits down with her clients before any gowns are even looked at and spends about 15 minutes getting to know all about them.
I think of Jasper Conran as a pruist when it comes to style. A fav designer of the Diana Generation Royals, Jasper designed Lardy Sarah Armstrong-Jones wedding gown Niece of the Queen, her 1994 wedding gown was simple and elegant. In 1982 Vogue called Jasper Conran a ‘British superlative’. At only 26 he won the British Designer of the Year Award. Here's what Mary Quant had to say about Conran, 'He makes clothes women want to wear’.
Jenny originally trained as a textile designer.The shapes of Packham's dresses may be basic and simple but the construction is more detailed and could be compared to the Dioresque designs of the 1950s, big on intricately placed seams, linings and inner-linings as well as boning and shaping materials. Her full skirts are made with layers of stiff netting and crin.. Best known for accentuating the female form
Elizabeth was Princess Diana's wedding gown designer. The day Diana emerged from her carriage swathed in tulle and taffeta, her storybook gown opened up so many new possibilities. Suddenly bridal designers and manufacturers could innovate and even break a few rules. Overnight Diana, with the help of the husband and wife team known as the Emanuels, eclipsed the granny gown and cookie cutter bridal uniforms of the time. Fast forward almost thirty years and Elizabeth Emanuel is still producing gowns reflecting that little bit of Belle Epoch, a little bit Boho . . .
Actually Phillipa Lepley is the front runner in the, Who Will Design Kate's Dress Competition? Known for her sweet and classic gowns, imagine Grace Kelly (of whom Kate resembles) in one of these gems.
Stay tuned here to find out more about the hottest British designers. I'll be covering just about everything British and bridal all through the new year . . .