This week has been our quiet time before Christmas and the wedding season starting again. I have a wonderful couture wedding dress order were starting work on so for research I visited the village church where the wedding will be held. Mainly to check the aisle size.
The church is very pretty in the small village of Rodney Stoke. I love the ivy stars above the gate.
The church is small and fresh with white washed walls. Not the widest aisle but plenty of space for a romantic swish.
Off to the left of the alter is a little room with the most incredible stone marble carvings that would fit more in Italy than a little church in Somerset. Such hidden beauty, I hope there a photos of the dress taken in this room.
A few of the couture wedding dresses worn this summer have been returned for restoration and preservation. It;s really important to me that the dresses we put so much hard work into are cared for generations to come. You never know when they may end up in a museum (the dream!)
A new black tulle skirt that I had been working on for a while with hidden purple velvet flowers in the layers. I have also been experimenting with self portraits and styling. Its good to be able to try on dresses again.
Our little black lace cocktail dress. I love the neckline on the is dress and the heavy lace. Must make another version of this.
The Vicky dress, I always love tulle and am pleased with the silk bodice, it feels so elegant.
A vintage Susan Small swing cat in black taffeta. It has a wonderful pink quilted lining.
A 1940s crepe embroidered maxi dress. Trying out technicolor and autochrome techniques.
Red Mexican inspired taffeta evening dress, I love the drama of this dress, those sleeves and the stripes. It makes me think Freda Khalo would wear this. Earrings are vintage from Polly Victoria who supplies or boutique with beautiful vintage jewels.