Elizabeth Ayers

1930’s inspired wedding dress

1930’s inspired wedding dress. The bride had seen a Schiaparelli 1930’s design in a fashion museum in New York. As a designer herself (not fashion) she decided that was what she wanted to base her wedding dress on. She came to me with the ideas and I drew up the designs she had in mind. We had to work very closely together with this. There were a few areas of the design that needed to be overcome. Like how do you get a pattern through the middle of a piece of fabric, the proportion of the seams and how to get into it. The original Schiaparelli fabric was printed with design down the length of the fabric. I needed to create the pattern by appliquéing lace down the length of the fabric. This gave the dress a feeling of material being wrapped around her body. However she didn’t want the dress to look like a sari so it had to be stitched to a fitted base dress underneath. In order to get the proportions correct we had several fitting with a mock up piece of fabric.

The dress was made in 100% silk heavy satin crepe de chine and was lined with a bright scarlet lining which was echoed with some beads to match in the lace.

The final result though not your standard wedding dress suited Becci and was just what she was looking for.

“Liz has been amazing in transforming the initial idea into such a beautiful dress. She has a huge amount of experience which made me feel very confident in her approach and created a stunning dress that has been challenging to do but resolved so well. She can clearly put her hand to any kind of style, suggesting ideas to create different effects and using a wide range of techniques. Very skilled and professional.”

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