The VALERIE Dress is a pure confection of blush tulle and Chantilly laces. Lace was placed on the bodice over a rose/beige satin to make it pop. Then 5 layers of tea dyed tulle gather onto a satin underskirt. Shantung buttons line the center back. The layers of crinoline petticoat underneath that give off the hourglass silhouette are separate. The beauty of this design is it can be worn with or without the petticoat depending on the look yoi want to create. Pictures of Joy in the dress with the added petticoat shows off a more formal look. Savannah wearing no added understructure sports a more casual and country chic version. Because this dress is a custom listing it can be ordered longer, shorter or with any size train added . . . .
FYI There's a sample of The VALERIE dress for sale on Etsy right now half price. with or without the separate crinoline.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will gladly remove the photos in question. Thank you!
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