There’s less than a week to go until Bristol’s original and best Vintage Wedding Fair. Come down to the Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Sunday, 16th March, 2014 between 10.30am and 4.00pm for a feast of vintage style wedding inspiration. I’ll be there with a selection of couture wedding dresses from all of my collections as well as some new separate pieces, flower girl dresses made from my favourite bridal fabrics, beautiful vintage veils and brand new accessories from Klaire Van Elton and Nickie Portman. Other exhibitors will be displaying original, vintage items as well as vintage inspired pieces. Have a look at the Bristol Vintage blog to see who else will be there. The £1 entry fee includes a raffle ticket for the prize draw so make sure you get there by 2.30pm for your chance to win fantastic prizes from all the exhibitors including Hotel du Vin, Bristol ( I wish I could enter!). All the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society. And if that isn’t enough of an incentive you can tie it in with a trip to the Zoo… go see the Red Pandas they are so cute!
I’m thrilled to finally reveal my new Myth & Muse collection, a small sisterhood of dresses celebrating the true versatility of silk fabrics. In various shades of ivory, cream, gold and sable with delicate lace and appliqué detailing, these dresses emphasise the natural beauty of the feminine form. To come and feel these luxurious dresses against your skin please make and appointment to visit my new couture wedding dress shop and studio in Bath.
For a closer look at these dresses go to the Myth & Muse page.
Photographs by Andrea Pennington
Location Royal Crescent Hotel Bath
Make up by Katy Pheiffer and Jenny Davies
Hair by Vicky Lovell at No3 Hairdressing
Models Deborah Sarah Baker Rachel Haspell and Hayley Lanyon
My new wedding dress shop on London Street in Bath is now open. I have transformed the shop into the perfect ‘bijou’ workspace, fitting room and display space. It’s so exciting to have a window to dress and I have a lovely view onto bustling Bath. While continuing to focus on bespoke wedding dresses I’m also expanding my collection of samples for brides-to-be to try on and get a feel for the Jessica Charleston style. I love fabrics and every time I receive a new silk or lace, I can’t wait to create a new dress from it. So come and get a feel for a silk lined dress and let your imagination run wild. We’ll have fun trying on dresses, coming up with new possibilities and rifling through delicious fabrics so you can walk away with a totally unique wedding dress in the making.
Monique has very kindly featured my Fleurs Sauvages collection of couture wedding dresses on her beautiful blog, French Wedding Style. Being a lover of all things French this is a real honour for me. The blog features loads of brilliant ideas to Frenchify your wedding and there are lots of recommended suppliers and real weddings to inspire you. So if you’re getting married in France or just love French style then I can certainly help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day a la Francaise! To have a look at the feature click here.
I’m thrilled to see Hattie Ellis’s photos of Sophie Choy wearing my Libelule and Orchidee dresses in this month’s issue of South African Vintage Living Magazine. Have a look at the ‘Here come’s the bride’ feature on page 92. It’s such a beautiful magazine with loads of inspiring fashion features. http://vintagelifestylemag.co.za/the-magazine/
This week I said farewell to a very special wedding dress and au revoir to a very special bride. Gypsy is getting married tomorrow near Oxford. I’ve enjoyed designing and making her wedding dress so much I’ve really grown quite attached to it and to the visits from her and her mum. Having a bespoke dress made is personal both for the bride and me. I like to make the process as democratic as possible from fine tuning the initial design to all the hand finished details. I can’t give too much away but quite a lot of fine work went into Gyspy’s dress, the kind of thing I love doing. Achieving perfection takes a few fittings and I never like my brides to feel rushed so I take as much time as I need for us both to be happy with every stage of development. The final touch is a little bit of something blue… I hand embroider the bride’s initials into every dress… I see these dresses as heirlooms which already have a story before they leave my studio. It’s so exciting to wave them on their way to an exciting future… and the best day of their lives!
I’m really excited about exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair and spreading my wings and my wedding dresses to the big smoke of London to reach ‘expressive, style savvy and fashion-forward couples’.
I couldn’t put it better myself, so here’s how Becky and Gemma describe their show: ‘A Most Curious has a love affair with fashion and evolves and follows it wherever it may go. A Most Curious has taken a solemn vow to bring brides and grooms the very latest fashions, with the foresight to be changeable, en vogue and never tired or standing still. If it’s beautiful, fresh, fun and cool or just about to be cool, we will incorporate it into our wedding fair so it can, in turn, be incorporated into your big day. Most Curious and it’s handpicked exhibitors draw inspiration from the lifestyle trends around us, your lifestyle trends, not weddings trends, weddings shouldn’t have trends, they should be about you having fun and being creative, dreaming big and most importantly an expression and celebration of who you are as a couple.’
With fashion shows, entertainment, styling, activities, music and performance this should be a really fun and inspiring event. So pop along to the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, London on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st April 2013. For more information have a look at www.amostcuriousweddingfair.co.uk
I’m really looking forward to exhibiting at Bristol’s first alternative Wedding Show on Saturday 13th April from 6pm-11pm. The show is being organised by the inspirational duo of Ali from Bristol Vintage and Emily from Fishee Designs photobooths.
There’ll be a host of wedding dress designers offering corsetry, 50s retro and gothic inspired gowns also appearing at the show. I’ll be showing some of my Japanese inspired pieces as well as a few brand new designs. I’ll also be on hand to talk about bespoke commissions however weird and wonderful. Share your ideas with me and I’ll come up with some unique wedding dress designs to help you express your true self and stand out from the crowd on your wedding day.
The show will be held at the @Bristol Science Museum. Entry is free if you pre-register or £5 on the night and you’ll receive a free glass of Kir Royale on arrival. You don’t have to be getting married to enjoy the show as there’ll be entertainment throughout the evening and some of the best alternative fashion labels in the country. You’ll also get to play on some of the exhibits in the museum and watch a star canopied fashion show in the Planetarium. This promises to be a wedding show unlike any other and a fun evening for all!
For more information about the show, to pre-register and to see a sneak preview of the amazing promotional photoshoot go to the weird and wonderful blog.
November was a very busy month for photoshoots. I was very lucky to work with the uber-talented photographer Hattie Ellis who has been passionate about photography from a very young age. She is also super creative and made these amazing paper headresses for the shoot which accessorised my kimono inspired wedding dresses perfectly. Our model Sophie Choy looked stunning and was a joy to work with. Her impeccable make-up was done by the brilliant Katy Pheiffer a fashion shoot and wedding make-up specialist. The stylishly neglected Orangery at Blaise Castle, a wedding venue near Bristol provided the perfect setting for an unseasonally exotic photoshoot!
To learn more about Hattie Ellis have a look at her Facebook page here.
Here’s a taster of our photoshoot back in November with fabulous Australian photographer Rhondda Scott. Rhondda loves taking photographs outside. I loved her vision for this photoshoot, an ethereal outdoor setting for a bride who was so in love with her dress she’d run away with it. Perfect for my latest collection of wedding dresses, ‘les fleurs sauvages’. The weather did it’s best to set a magical scene for us but unfortunately the moist mist wasn’t so wonderful for our model or the fine silk fabrics. We persevered and got some stunning shots in a sea of burnished leaves. As the day darkened we withdrew to the incredibly atmospheric Rocks estate near Bath, where the shoot took rather a Downton Abbey turn. left, is a picture of Sadie wearing the Genevieve silver lace and silk dress in front of the fire at the heart of house. It was a long day but everyone involved worked really hard and we all enjoyed ourselves. Huge thanks to everyone involved. I can’t wait to share more photos with you all.
Images & Styling by Rhondda Scott Photography. Jessica Charleston Couture dresses modelled by Sadie Edwards. Make-up by Amy Westlake from A Brush with Beauty www.abrushwithbeauty.co.uk Hair by Jess Singer from No.3 Hairdressing www.no3hairdressing.co.uk Flowers by Xanthe Ivory of Ivory Flowers www.ivoryflowers.co.uk On location at The Rocks Estate in Ashwicke thanks to the Smith Family.