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Sarah's modern Art Deco dress

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our job is that every bride we work with comes with their own set of ideas and inspirations to work from. Sarah's wedding dress was certainly no exception. Sarah really wanted a 1920's inspired gown, something relaxed and drapey, but that still captured an element of Downton/Gatsby glamour.

Every design process plays out slightly differently, and with Sarah's dress, finding the perfect fabric was the key. We knew the style and pattern of whichever fabric we chose would have an impact on all our other decisions. Which was lucky, because sourcing the fabrics for this dress was an absolute treat! Like kids in a sweet shop we explored a whole range of beautiful embellished fabrics and in the end settled on not one, but two total bangers.

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Fabric number one for the blouse section, was a delicate beaded lace with Art Deco style scalloped edges. We wanted to make the most of the curved shapes in the lace, so we altered the design of the sleeves to incorporate the scallop edge and created a scooping keyhole back that echoed the curves and circles of the lace pattern.

For the skirt we opted for a more modern geometric style of bugle beaded chiffon. The shape of the skirt suited the linear rows of beads and really complimented the heavier pattern of the top of the dress. We chose a heavy ivory crepe for the inner skirt layers and softly structured under bodice, this gave the dress a decent drape whilst still maintaining the laid back fit Sarah wanted.

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Sarah's wedding dress was such a joy to create. We are total suckers for a bit of 1920's sparkle and her look was the perfect example of how to bring a vintage style bang up to date.

See below photos of some of our original inspirations and Sarah looking thoroughly awesome in the finished dress.

Photos by Icon Studio Photography

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