Haute couture holds a myriad of imaginative details that make a gown or wedding ensemble special. The most important gown of your life will most likely hold out-of-the-ordinary details that give it a certain panache. Often, these are found in techniques done by hand that machines, no matter how advanced can not duplicate. Lace for instance is gorgeous all on it's own--combine it with different techniques and it takes on an individuality all it's own as you can see in the images above and below. . . .
Above: Back details play a big role in bridal wear. Considering you make a walk down the aisle and your back is to your guests, adornment can be as simple as a row of buttons down the back of your dress and as involved as bouquets of florals, foliage and sash treatments. Top two photos: Diana Maire Photographyand Greystar Pictures
Above: An embroidered belt that segues into a sash/ border on a detachable train. Below: An upcycled Merry Window is decorated in four different laces with beading to create a three dimensional effect.
A gold droplet jewel accentuates this slip dress with subtle Chantilly laces. . . . .
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 415.336.3480
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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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