I couldn't decide for months what kind of wedding dress design I wanted, switching between a more casual two piece ensemble or going for the more fancy - slim fitting mermaid design or the fairytale ballgowns of yesteryear... so instead I decided why not create a combination of everything! ^_^
All photos by 37 Frames Photography
The main wedding dress was created from a beautiful white iromuji kimono with tiny flower blossoms embossed all over it. I really wanted some sort of beading detail on my dress as I love the flapper dresses of the 1920s & just well beading in general (my personal vintage wardrobe attests to that!). I sourced the intricate beading from Etsy & then hand sewed pearl beads as straps to join everything together.
I ended up deciding on the creation of a mermaid style wedding frock as I had never made this sort of design before and wanted something different to anything I had created earlier. Fabric origami (as I call it) came into play, as I figured out how to turn the panels of the kimono (always 36-38cm in width) into the mermaid train.
For the Reception, I really wanted to wear something with lace as I absolutely adore lace but unfortunately kimonos aren't made from lace so I couldn't create my own. Yet I still wanted to keep with my philosophy of upcycling, recycling and vintage
So when I was in London, I found a darling vintage 1960s wedding dress at the delightful Elizabeth Avey (specialist in vintage wedding dresses frequented by the likes of Sophie Dahl, Kate Moss & Vogue Magazine). I altered it to become backless, replaced the corset to match my wedding maxi skirt, removed the sparkling rhinestones and added pearls around the neckline, sleeves & points of the skirt
What made me fall in love with this gorgeous vintage piece, was the glorious full circle skirt of the tulle & lace overlay - any time you spun around, it just tiered out in such a beautiful way.
Yet I still wanted to create for myself an epic timeless "fairytale" gown (plus I thought it would look fantastically dramatic in the temple photos! hahaha) so I took another vintage white wedding kimono covered in cranes and created a white maxi skirt to go over the Elizabeth Avey gown.