THE MADELYN DRESS. Square necklines are beautiful. Add shirred tulle over Chantilly lace and this hourglass has real individuality. Underneath, a mocha satin skirt cut on the bias gives volume. A tulle sash is bustled by two hand-rolled silk dupioni roses. Hook and eye closures up the back are a spin off of traditional satin buttons . . .
Want to do something exotic to top off your look? Try a silk jersey turban and cathedral length veil. Add an aurora borealis jewel and you have some real drama.
THE BEATRIX DRESS. Cut off an authentic 1950s cocktail dress pattern, this dress has a fitted embroidered organza bodice with a tulle skirt. The underskirt is cut on the bias for tons of volume. Silk satin sash is accented with three white silk Hydrangea blossoms.
THE EMMA GOWN. A silk dupioni sheath covered in Chantilly laces. The look is pre-1920s especially with the antique jewelry and accessories added.
I initially created this space for my clients. Eventually brides looking for that touch of wow found their way here. Draping and playing with fabric started some twenty years back when I did a three-year stint as a bridal fabrics buyer. After that I opened Bridal Alternatives, a custom design studio and ever since have had the opportunity of working with brides who want that extraordinary one-of-a-kind dress. I'm in love with fashion history and re-invention of the past.
Other connections to fashion? I’ve been a columnist for San Francisco Art and Fashion News and have a weekly fashion buzz on One Wed Blog. I founded The Design Project of San Francisco, a networking organization of fashion professionals collaborating their skills and talents on projects. I’m currently working on a book called—you guessed it—'Bride Chic', all about that white gown and very special designer/client relationship. I live with my husband Edgar and Chihuahua Piccalina in Marin County California.
Want to see more of what I do? Check out my site at www.amyjotatum.com or call me 415.258.8204
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