As you walk down the aisle, your guests gasp at your stunning dress and your beautiful smile. But very few realise the amount of work that has gone into creating the perfect gown for your special day.
Couture wedding dresses often have a higher price tag than those that you buy off the shelf, but they are a labour of love. Most likely handmade by a team of experts, they take many hours and can take months to create.
The designing of the dress; the first step in the process, but often the most challenging. Creating a wedding dress from a bride’s vision takes skill; fashion designers’ study for many years to master this skill. You need to know what you want and must be able to communicate that vision to your designer, but this can often be challenging. The designer will consider your needs but also advise if something won’t work, after the consultation the designer will create a sketch of your vision. Details like lace, applique, ruffles, pleats, borders, beading, threading etc. are discussed, the designer knows that it is imperative to get this perfect (or almost perfect) in order to create your dream dress.
Selection of fabric and other details
Selecting the fabric is also a hugely important part of the process, there are so many beautiful materials to choose from so it can be quite overwhelming. The designer will assist with this part of the process, giving you guidance and advise you about the advantages of each fabric like elasticity, delicacy, flow etc.; these aspects can all affect the look of the gown. Another aspect to consider are the other details like beading etc. that will need to fit within the whole vision for the gown.
Creation of the toile
A toile is an early version of a finished garment that’s made in cheap material to allow the design to be tested and perfected. This is created by the designer based on your measurements and silhouette, fittings are done and there may be several alterations made to the toile in order to get the perfect fit.
Often the most exciting part of the process, once the toile has been perfected, the first version of the dress is made. One thing to remember is that once you get to this stage, it’s harder to make changes, hence your designer will take a lot of time preparing for this moment. The dress should be very close to your vision at this point, you’ll see your dream becoming a reality.
Once a few small alterations are done, the dress will be finished and you will see your vision come to life. This can be a very emotional time for a bride to be, as there would’ve been so much preparation and work done before this point. Voila! Your perfect dress has been created.