Don't you just go swoon over all those belts, bows, sashes, trims and ribbons you see gracing bridal wear lately? Thanks to all you brides out there daring to go your own way, designers are free to really experiment. By way of ribbons, trims and sashes, we artists have introduced color and a different textures into the mix . The above gown is sashed in back with with embroidered, beaded tan and beige taffeta ribbon that works it's way down a detachable train. Dress by Amy-Jo Tatum from The Bouffant Collection//Photo by Strotz Photography
Above:Touches of the spectrum here. Blues and peaches merge to make up a tie-belt cinching the waist of a full skirt . . .The Aurora Dress from The Dioresque Collection by Amy-Jo Tatum//Photo by J Dragon Images
Above: The best example of a self belt (means made out of the same fabric as the dress). Georgette linen and striped ribbon combine to make up this belt punctuated with a fabric rose. The Marisol Dress from The Dioresque Collection by Amy-Jo Tatum//Below: Another self belt, this one made of eyelet. The Gretel Dress from The Forever Boho Collection by Amy-Jo Tatum//Photo Stephanie Williams Photography
Above: Embroidered taffeta ribbon acts as a belt and is repeated in the train with added adornments of hand-rolled florals. The Opal Dress from The Bouffant Collection by Amy-Jo Tatum
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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Please note some images on Bride Chic are photos from previous shoots and editorials of my collection pieces. Since I do admire other designers work, I’ve also added from online sources to share a different perspective. There’s no profit from the display of these photos -- they are being shown for the informational and educational benefit of brides and aficionados of bridal fashion. I always list my source, providing a link back. If you feel an image here violates your intellectual property and/or copyrights, please email your concerns to me (email@example.com) and I will gladly remove the photos in question. Thank you!
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