Thursday, July 30, 2020
From the Dioresque Collection, my perennial favorite. has to be The MARILYN DRESS. It's so 1950s in an allover Chantilly lace with a halter bodice. I bring out a different variation on this beauty about once every couple of years. The lace version above is definitely in the spirit of Christian Dior complete with net gloves and horsehair picture hat.
The below variation is as close to the Travilla version created in 1955 for Marilyn Monroe when she starred in The Seven Year Itch. This one is a white crepe (sans the pleats) with generous yards of circular skirt.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I personally love the way Irene wore the designs of madame Lanvin, a Parisian milliner turned designer. This confection of mine is also inspired in part by Lanvin. EDYTA is made up of a layer of tulle over ecru Chantilly lace. Handmade florals are dappled throughout the skirt and flounce on the bodice. Price on request–available via Amy Jo Tatum Bridal Couture
Header Photo Credits: Vernon and Irene via Brittanica
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The CALLIOPE Dress. Loads of back interest, this dress is appropriately named after the Greek Myth. Calliope is the muse who holds dominion over poetry and eloquence and is known for her legendary voice. If vision speaks Calliope says it all. Photo: Erica Garlieb
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
I've been fascinated with garden weddings for years and many of my designs reflect this. It comes from old black and white flicks, especially those from the 1930s when garden weddings were all the rage. Vintage goes more costume here when I added the Cabbage Rose picture hat-- a pinch of a 1700's Aristocrat walking through the Tuileries punctuates this lovely confection. I'm calling this the MONET-INSPIRED Garden Wedding jacket and skirt. I can envision this ensemble amongst paths of roses, Hydrangea, and tall wild-looking blooms somewhere in France (or the British Isles looking at this Celtic cross). Maybe the bride would carry a basket of Peonies instead of an actual hand-held bouquet. A corset encrusted in antique lace is worn under a tulle and lace jacket matched up with layers of tulle skirt. A final layer of tulle veils ecru Chantilly lace in the skirt to give it a kind of opaque 'hint of lace' look. For this design,I kept in mind brides who like the concept of separates, using the corset, blouse, and skirt for something gala or formal post-wedding.
Available through Amy Jo Tatum Bridal Couture
Thursday, July 9, 2020
A vintage veil circa late 1920s-early 30s, dappled in Alencon lace. Paired with the ANASTASIA Dress available through special order Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture
A drop veil in tulle bordered in Chantilly lace-- the IVORY LACE MANTILLA
Header Photo: 1920s Illustration via Tumblr
Monday, July 6, 2020
Just off the work table, The XAVIERA Bolero and slip dress from The Gatsby's Bride Collection. An allover lace dress and bolero with handmade florals strewn throughout the bodice. Inspired by late 1930s eveningwear--maybe not Gatsby's era precisely but close enough.
The florals are made from ecru and ivory lace cutouts and hand-beaded with crystals and pearls.
Front and back of the slip dress, the detail is in the allover lace pattern and a line of covered buttons down the center back of the gown.