Red and black corset Goth wedding dress for Faye

faye 7 sweet heart strapless corset bodice alternative wedding dress bespoke

Faye commissioned an unusual dress in black and red duchess satin. The inspiration for the design came from a dress worn by a lady in one of her favourite music videos! Faye’s dress was created as a two piece, bodice and skirt but with several different ways the skirt and train could be worn to give different looks for the ceremony and into the evening.

Faye’s dress has a fitted and heavily boned bodice with a sweetheart neckline edged with pleated black tulle and beaded lace to soften the line. It laced shut at the back over a contrast colour modesty panel. The skirt was fitted to her upper hip and then flared in an a-line over netting to the floor. A feature water-fall ‘pick-up’ was pinned up to her bodice with a beautiful brooch, connecting the two halves of the design, and revealing the contrast red underskirt. The red hip sash was finished with long sash ends at the back that flowed down Faye’s train. See pictures further down for how the skirt could be changed for day/evening looks. I also made Faye’s birdcage veil and her husband’s tie.

faye 3 church wedding not white red and black duchess satin
faye 2 alternative wedding dress with long black train and bridesmaidsfaye 4 Goth wedding dress laced corset train and sash with confettiBlack and red satin Goth, corset wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: original design sketch

Original design sketches

The smaller sketches show the ideas and options for Faye’s skirt. The front would hook up even further for the evening to reveal the black tulle and netting below the red underskirt. The back of the dress could have had any number of features, in the end. Faye choose that in the largest main picture of plain sash ends.

faye 13 bird cage veil lace and swarovski crystals goth wedding

Faye’s head-dress was specially commissioned to go with her dress. I used black twisted wire and a mix of red and black Swarovski crystals to create the piece. Fixed to a comb for easy insertion in her hair style the black bird cage veil could then be arranged to suit.

faye 14 detail of birdcage french veiling fascinator tiara for black alternative vintage wedding
faye 24 custom hair grips crystal sparkle goth black swarovksi grips wedding hair

The three mini grips, each with a tiny black swarovski crystal for Faye to use when fixing the bird-cage veil across her face and into her hair.

faye 8 made to order wedding dress with waterfall split skirt and boned bodice

faye 12 red sash and hooked up train lace up back corset dancing

Faye dancing the night away with the train usefully bustled out of the way

faye 20 hand sewn beaded lace and tulle trim to sweetheart neckline and boning channels

Detail of the pleated tulle edging and beaded lace

faye 1 dressing the bride goth wedding corset lacing

Dressing the Bride

faye 5 fascinator birdcage veil black and red french veiling punk weddingfaye 10 corset boned bodice wedding dress tulle trim and birdcage veil

faye 9 vintage car non traditional wedding red and back goth punkfaye 11 punk and goth wedding custom made wedding dress and tie
faye 6 plus size goth bride with punk groom in black wedding dress church

Making Faye’s Dress

faye 15 toile practice run of bespoke custom wedding dress boned corset

Fitting pics from Faye’s first fitting, the shell of the skirt and the toile of the bodice, only half boned.

faye 16 fitting picture in half made dress black wedding gown

Second fitting, the outfit progresses

faye 17 train laid out and hooked up bustle for dancing alternative black satin wedding dress

Back with train out and with train bustled up for the evening

faye 21 eyelet lacing holes corset lace up boned bodice custom made to order

Detail of the lacing holes and beaded lace

faye 18 detail of finished bodice eyelets and lacing on corset red modesty panel tulle and lace trim with sweetheart neckline

Detail of the back-lacing and sweet heart neckline

faye 19 fitting picture in finished bespoke wedding gown black satin mirror sash

Faye at her final fitting

faye 25 waterfall aline wedding skirt goth alternative duchess satin

The finished skirt front, left as for the ceremony and right, with the red layer hitched up too, for the evening

faye 23 fitting picture birdcage veil vintage tiara fascinator swarovski red and black crystalThe birdcage veil fascinator with black french veiling and wired Swarovski crystal highlights.

faye 22 wrist loop bustle up for train hidden something blue and red

‘Something blue’, hidden among more red roses next to the wrist loop for lifting the train

Official Wedding pictures by Allan Breeze (now retired)

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Felicity Westmacott

I write about all aspects of weddings, dressmaking, fashion history, and the human relation to clothing. I welcome comments and debate.

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