A few years back a very talented photographer approached me to do a wedding shoot focusing on something she called Boho-1950s. Talk about a real vintage mash up. That Photographer was Diana Maire and these gorg images are the outcome of her inspirational brainstorm. When I designed these dresses I did focus on the more girly side of the dresses of that era, so yeah, I guess you could call it Boho n the sense it's all about embracing youth, the waif and sometimes a fairy-tale aspect of fashion. Great for the bride who doesn't want floor-length yet wants something tulle, bouncy and formal enough to say 'wedding day' . . .
Another gem just off the work table! How I love working with and mixing up those whisper-soft laces like Peau d'ange and light Chantillys. DAPHNE is a cowl-necked translucent lace overdress paired up with a full length silk chiffon slip. Venise lace cut out adorn the shoulders dropping down the neckline. Perfect for a 1930s or Downton Abbey inspired wedding. You can custom order this through my ETSY store or email me at email@example.com with any questions
I think certain flowers have a particular significance for each of us. Finding an inspiration point and blending that idea with your dress is just the beginning of working one or a few colors into an overall theme. Size and proportion are something else to consider. Some of us like the idea of carrying a huge burst of three to four different kinds of flowers in an arrangement while someone else goes for the simplicity of a small nosegay. Since flowers are a seasonal thing--tulips in spring, mums in the fall, your dress is probably going to reflect that too. The images below are all about Spring pairings, by Santa Barbara-based Camille Panzerello.
FLEUR is a gem of a gown sprung from my love of the idea of the cocktail wedding--an intimate afternoon gathering in a lounge or art gallery. It also has a very Art Deco/Old Hollywood feel that lends a certain elan to your wedding look, The dress is formal length with a brush train out of soft crepe back satin/charmeuse. The halter bodice is Chantilly lace cinched with a cummerbund with pearl buttons up the front. White, ivory or candlelight (shown). Matching hat cocktail hat available
More likely to be found in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, I don't think you'll find these gems in your favorite designer's flagship store. Believe me, this medley of paper dresses are indeed works of art that have my undivided attention. Art to Wear exhibits can be truly fascinating; the spectrum of ideas you'll find will amaze and inspire you to be a little bold and get you thinking outside the box on your wedding day
You can change the look of a traditional gown or accentuate your 20s-30s style by adding one of these Gatsby-style veils or head pieces when you top off your wedding look. Adding a period piece to a classic wedding dress definitely adds character. These images are from The Gatsby's Bride Shoot, paired up with gowns from that unforgettable era. You can find these gems in my Gatsby's Bride Collection
Above: The Mantilla Veil dropped on top of the head and directly above worn low on the forehead a la 1920s . . . .Below: A chignon accented by a rose floral. Stunning!
Above: Plumes can be fun, dramatic and elegant all at once. Trendy right now, they accentuate basic dresses and evening gown styles beautifully. Below: A jeweled headband worn low on the forehead.
Defined, a surplice is two wraps of fabric criss-crossing over the bust line, usually attached and/or supported by an under bodice. Big 1930s glam look with Jean Harlow struttin’ across the screen in her white crepe satin. Skirts can also be surpliced a la 1940s with legs peeping out of the folds. Especially inspiring and elegant look on a wedding dress.
I know some women live in denim so who better to wear a denim wedding dress? Add to that all you brides out there who like the idea of upcycling and the denim dress is the perfect candidate. Many denim designs are recycled or built off an already-made garment. A cotton fiber one reserved for workwear denim shapes well to some of the more structured bridal designs. It's also a natural for western and ranch weddings where this fabric is symbolic . . . .
An all-time fave, today I'm featuring one of my oldies but goodies! This dress is aptly named, ‘Aurora’ (for the aurora color accents).Once completed I took one look and said, “What could be more bridal than a cloud of white tulle and Chantilly lace?” Add to that the lace is backed with a blue/gray lining. With peach accents it reminds me of a muted pastel sunset. The skirt is four layers of tulle and a separate slip of crinoline. Detailed touches include a row of buttons accenting the back and it is all pulled together with a blue and peach sash. Can be ordered with detachable pearl straps. The headpiece is coral-peachy handmade silk florals attached to a tulle bow.
Wondering how to ditch the predictable and go with something different? Though solid color or monochromatics are stunning on bridesmaids, check out what's happening on the bridal front in polka dots. One of the best things about incorporating dots into your bridesmaid scheme is how you can pick up different colors and tie everything together with accessories, including bouquets. A few brave and ingenious brides are even mixing it up having the bridesmaid party sport different prints entirely. In addition, polka dot dresses are likely candidates for actual rewear after the wedding and not likely to be hidden in the back of a closet or eventually cut up to make throw pillows. Overall, polka dots suggest joy and whimsy. They also can be associated with pin-up fashion so of course if your bridesmaids like playing a bit of the sexy lady role they're perfect during and after the wedding. The uneven dots pictured below are less bold, more high fashion even sporting stripes at the same time.
I always enjoy posting sessions where I can feature other Etsy designers. Today's post is all about a wedding in the Idaho mountains highlighting some absolutely gorg fashion, flowers and decor. DC Dress out of Niagra Falls, NY created the infinity dresses the bridesmaids are wearing. These are actually dresses an attendant can wear after the ceremony and in infinite ways. Capturing all this scenic swoon? Rob and Laura Cimbalik of Cimbalik Photography. Kudos go out to the editor and coordinator of this project, Sherry Scheline of I Do Wed, who says, "We planned a beautiful styled shoot and using blues and pinks. The bride is Dutch and her family had Delft dinnerware, the perfect addition to the event--it brought together all the elements. On this shoot we incorporated the backdrop of nature to really bring in some pops of color . . ."
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.
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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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