As a bridal designer you can't imagine how jazzed I was to get engaged some twenty odd years back. The first thing I did of course was mentally design my dress. My then fiancee now hubby had one request: Ed wanted to wear full Scottish regalia including kilt, jacket, sporn, tartan, the works. It didn't take long for the dress above to evolve in my head. Once it did I made a beeline to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco,so stoked was I to get on with the creative process of fashioning myself as a bride. What Toys R Us would be to a kid, Britex Fabrics is to the designer: An emporium chock full of extraordinary fabrics sourced from all over the world. Back to my dress, the lace was imported from Paris and most of the silk florals you see were found in the bridal notions department; the rest were hand-rolled silk dupioni. Not bad for one day's shopping . . . .
Dina and Geana, the awesome coordinators of this event . . .
Me and my gorg model Laura wearing the VALERIE dress
Above: The work of designer Karen Tierney
Evening wear designer Hester Michael