The process of creating these couture pieces, in the truest form of the word, is extremely technical and it takes more than one set of hands to bring an idea to life, sometimes over hundreds of hours. A wealth of details is used in the creation of these exclusive custom-fitted garments. These ‘privé’ pieces are works of art. It’s never ‘just another dress’ to me. Each dress and each client is so important to me personally and quite often, that process of creating that special piece leads to a lifelong friendship. I have watched most of my past clients walk down the isle, have children, buy houses, get promoted, start their own businesses and live life. It is an incredible miracle to be a part of.
At some first fittings, you can see the whole dress come to life and we laugh when the bride wants to walk down the isle in the dress already. The feeling of pure excitement lingers in the air after she has left! We work with between three and six fittings with local brides and between two and four fittings for international clients (depending on travel schedules). On the RARE occasion, we have had to work with only one fitting (if the dress allows).
We work directly on the body; the measurements are only the beginning. Most times, it feels as though we are performing surgery using fabric on the body. To do what we do, one has to have a respect for the female form.
A true artistic expression for us is where we don’t cut back in the design process. That is where masterpieces come to life. It is the ideal of ideals! All the finishing is done by hand, hence the 6-8 month production time. Each and every bespoke dress is unique and of great significance to that specific bride in that moment.
The best part for me, over and above a bride absolutely LOVING her dress in the end, is that moment when she says that the dress has been the most stress-free process out of the entire wedding planning. I just love that. That is just one of the natural benefits of working with us on one of the most important pieces of garment you will wear in your lifetime. And that is why our personal consultation sessions are imperative to a happy bride and what makes the process smooth sailing.