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Indian Fusion Wedding Dress with Latkan Photoshoot

ivory wedding top with latkan open back

Just before lockdowns began in 2020 I created an Indian Fusion wedding dress for a photoshoot with a London team of suppliers. We wanted to create inspiration for the many mixed culture weddings being planned in the UK. I showcased my fusion wedding dress design skills with an ensemble of ivory silk top, skirt and...

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Hand painted wedding dress with colourful flowers

couture wedding dress with painted flowers

Katrina came to me looking for a wedding dress fit for the English Summer. She wanted a beautiful hand painted wedding dress with flowers in a mix of colours (but not pink). We designed the perfect canvas, a bespoke wedding dress in layered white taffeta and silk organza. We started with a base of some...

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Can my wedding dress be dyed?

alternative wedding dress with red dipdye hem

I get asked this question so often I thought it was time to write a few blogs to answer it properly; “Can my wedding dress be dyed another colour?”. The simple answer is Yes, but with risk and difficulty. If I explain the different processes below you can make an informed choice whether or not...

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Can I dye my wedding dress black?

black wedding dress for punk gothic wedding

If knowing whether or not you can dye your wedding dress black (or any other colour) is a deciding factor please see my advice. Unfortunately dyeing an already made garment is very difficult. It’s not impossible but it is very risky and the chance of a ‘perfect’ result is low. I cover ways things can...

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How much does it cost to dye a wedding dress?

silk wedding dress with purple dye

and other useful dying facts… The cost of dying a wedding dress might be £300-£1000 (updated Jan 2023). Much depends on the style and fabrics of the dress in question, the end result required (a dipdye is a lot less work than dying the whole dress) and the skill and charges of the dye-person. A...

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Wedding Dress dyeing service in the UK

wedding dress dyeing service purple being rinsed in sink

I do not offer a wedding dress dyeing service in the uk or anywhere! I do have extensive knowledge of the dye process and as I often get asked if I can dye wedding dresses I have written a series of blog posts to help people decide about dyeing their gowns. Please see these other...

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Plus size reception dress with stars for Melissa

bride in ivory plus size reception dress with her sister

Melissa had already found her wedding dress so came to me to have a reception dress made for later in the day. I designed her a plus size reception dress with stars on the tulle skirt Melissa wanted a reception dress she could dance in and have fun. I designed a v-neck bodice with narrow...

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Silk Ties and hankies for Alice’s Groom

Silver Silk Ties and hankies made to order

Alice commissioned custom silver silk ties and matching hankies for her groom, his best man and ushers. I made the ties in a modern style, from the same silver silk satin as the bridesmaids sashes. Handkerchiefs to match completed the ensemble. Making Bespoke Ties Ties are made ‘cut on the bias’ which means they are...

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Diamante belt wedding dress for Alice

bride walks on lawn, layered silk train and belt

Alice’s beautiful diamante belt wedding dress was made in layers of white chiffon with hand beaded detailing. I made Alice’s dress with a fitted and boned bodice. I designed a soft v-shaped neckline and invisible zip back closure. Her waistline is decorated with a double loop of hand beading in Swarovski diamante stones. Then we...

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Tudor wedding dress in red velvet – alternative wedding dress Surrey

alternative wedding dress tufor inspired red velvet fit and flare skirt

Tracey wanted a Tudor inspired wedding dress with a modern twist for her wedding at the Tudor period hotel, Langshott Manor. I love designing alternative wedding dresses so this was a lovely project. The two piece ensemble made in deep red silk velvet has a firmly boned bodice cut in a ‘Tudor’ style with a...

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