Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Pink Flamingos Dress

Ok, not the John the Waters film and in slightly better taste is our 50's inspired novelty summer dress in bright turquoise blue with a saturated pink leggy flamingos print. Style up with white gloves, barbie white stilettos or pointed flats and a preppy ponytail. Perfect for a Summer event or Vegas.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Alphabet Dress

The dress started with the print, it's incredible with all those brightly decorative letters, I feel a word search coming on! From the fabulous print designers at Michael Miller.

It's a real nod to all those late 1950s novelty print party dresses worn throughout Summer picnics and parties. Wear with white flats and stacked pearls or mid century plastic bangles around your wrists. Big Jackie O's a must!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Customer Photos - The Eve Dress

Our San Franciscan Dancing Bride

This beautiful wedding photograph landed in my inbox this morning of a stunning bride from last year. Elizabeth ordered the Eve dress online and asked for it to be bespoke made in ivory silk for a gorgeous reception dress. Doesn't she look stunning!
Available in black here, please email for bespoke details.

Photography Copyright Jennifer Skog (www.skogasinvogue.com)   

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Summer Cycling Dress

Just imagine cycling around this Summer in our new Summer Bicycles Dress printed all over with yellow bicycles. Well, in reality it's more of a strolling gracefully with your bicycle by your side in a pair of yellow kitten heels with a long chiffon scarf trailing behind you on the beach front. But, the print is fabulous all the same. x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New In - Monochrome Toile De Jouy Tea Dress

Toile De Jouy has been a staple in our print collection since Uni, I really can't get enough of it's romantic opplulence. This latest monochrome etched print is my favourite to date and makes for a head turning tea dress this Summer. Team with black patent Mary Janes, a matching mani and extra bold sunglasses.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Anna Vickery Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Collection 2013

Photography: Aran Jefferies of Latitude Photography
Photography: Aran Jefferies of Latitude Photography

Photography: Aran Jefferies of Latitude Photography
 Anna Vickery Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Collection, Spring/Summer 2013


Photography: Aran Jefferies of Latitude Photography

Accessories: Monsoon Childrens, F&F, Anna Vickery
Styling: Anna Vickery, Emma Jefferies
Models: Isabelle, Elsa, Faye and Elise

It was inspired by: A lovely lady we made a dress for back along telling us about her little dotty tulle flower girl dress from her wedding in the 80’s - The dress was so beautiful she couldn’t part with it, and it has lived in a wardrobe at her house ever since. The dress has been tried on by her girls as they grew up and still gets bought out every now and again just to be admired - it even had a trip over to our studio. I thought how lovely it was to treasure a special heirloom piece in this way, quite sentimental for me, I can’t say I felt the same about my straight peach satin 1980’s bridesmaids frock (sorry!)

The Mood Board Featured: Little girls doing things in dresses - climbing, swinging, playing, running around - although these are to be dresses to be kept they are to have fun in first.

The fabrics used: The softest tulle we can find, tulle is used in lots of our grown up dresses and it’s surprising how many different qualities you can get and how they behave/feel. 100% cotton for linings, silk organza and chiffon and an off cut of fine corded lace - don’t worry we can still get more.

The silhouettes: It’s all about the full twirly skirts with fairly simple bodices. I also really wanted to include a t-shirt style bodice for older girls as we find this is a popular choice for 7 years and over. The girls Cape is also an off-shoot from an Alexandra King adults style.

The colours: On this collection I wanted to keep colours quite neutral, so people could focus on the dress shapes. Having said this I can’t resist a flash of colour in a ribbon belt, but it is great to be able to change these so easily and make feature colours ‘pop’ against the lighter backgrounds - I always get carried away buying ribbon for belts/trims. If anyone is interested we can get most of the fabrics used in lots of different colours too, feel free to get in touch with requests.

Details: Polka dots, both in the tulle and cotton on the Faye dress and ribbon trims on the others (Well who doesn’t like a good polka dot?) Liberty print bias binding on the Elise dress, I couldn’t resist it and it shows how a small amount of print can be used as a detail in this way. Vintage lace trim, it’s always nice to use one off bits and pieces on what after all are pretty unique dresses.

They are made for: Although the dresses are advertised as for bridesmaids and flower girls they will be lovely for any occasion, think party’s and christenings, they will definitely get lots of wear before they are put away to keep.

Influences during the design process: As I was designing and making the collection I had the girls which were to be models on our photo shoot in mind, all children of friends, and couldn’t help but think of things like their hair colour and character. Disaster nearly struck on the day before the shoot when 2 out of 4 of our models were poorly with a sickness bug, but luckily enough a neighbour of the photo shoot venue (a fantastic country homestead with recently renovated kitchen extension owned by a friends parents) came to the rescue and had 2 little girls of the right age - so the Elise dress was to be the Maggie and the Faye was to be the Lila, but never mind there will be other photo shoots and dresses….

Working on the collection, the fun and difficulties: Even working on little dresses the volume of tulle required can be quite overwhelming! I cut it out in my old home studio (aka spare room) on the floor and struggled to cut it straight, how I love my new cutting table and wish I had it sooner. The shoot was the weekend after I moved house and the way the images turned out so fresh and clean looking seems like a reflection of this, to me anyway. It was a fun morning seeing the dresses look gorgeous on the models and was great to see how comfortable they were in them.

My favourite piece: It’s too hard to pick, I’m really pleased with them all - I love the way the organza skirt on the Elise stands away from the under layer and is so sheer and light and the fullness of the plain tulle on the Elsa, I think this would work well in virtually any colour. I also enjoyed being able to make matching accessories for the dresses as finding matching things can sometimes be tricky and I like to be able to offer this option as part of a handmade package.

The Collection is Available: The collection is available online through the Alexandra King website and Etsy. I also undertake custom orders please contact anna@alexandra-king.com. Every dress is designed and manufactured in Somerset, UK.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Inspirations - Beaded Lace Collar

Sharing my pieces from my vintage archive ....

For a long time I've been meaning share some of my vintage clothing collection that has given me so much inspiration over the years. It's significantly smaller than it was and mainly dates from the 1950s and before.

Last weekend I spend Easter Sunday wandering the hundreds of stalls at the Bath and West Flea Market. Anna and I met up and bought a very large quantity of ribbons, I found an perfect Morris chair for our house which matches my Grandad's and at the end of the day I found this collar.

I have to share it because it's one of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of seed beading I have ever seen. In keeping with our Broderie Anglaise collection, this looks like it was based on very fine embroidered cotton lawn with oval eyelets. Then each oval has been embellished with fine opaque white rows of seed beads.

I'm not 100% sure of the age, the collar and cuffs are cut pilgrim style and I would guess early 1920s. There's something Edwardian about the set but the button and cuff buttons are yellowed Bakelite with a slight art deco shape to them. So maybe late 1920s or the buttons could be an added detail at a later date?

The set has a gorgeous heavy drapey weight to them, look perfect with a little black sweater too. These will be carefully wrapped up and stored flat until I discover them in a few years and get the wow of seeing them again!

I wonder how wore them and how they styled them when they were new, and I wonder what skilled person sewed such unbelievable beadwork? Hope they can give some inspiration to you too. x

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Prom Dresses For 2013

Vintage style prom dresses for 2013 ................

With prom season in the studio very much underway with dresses jetting off around the world I thought I should share some of our best dresses to style you through the end of year prom.

I had a few 'interesting' prom dresses whilst at school, all made by myself. The off the peg options like today were scarce. The offerings were either the long straight poly taff with a lovely sheen in burgundy, the big 90s barbie in aqua complete with tiara and spray tan/ringlets or wearing the same great Topshop dress as someone else!
My see through black lace and sequined bra wasn't too awful considering the options :(

As soon as I had my design and sewing skills vastly improved after uni I worked on the first version of the debutant Debby dress (bottom right). This developed over the years into the perfect prom dress in soft fifties tulle, cut to the knee, simple enough to be styled with boots or heels and stamp your identity on it.
Even though most of our dresses can be worn for prom season, these are my favourite picks for this year. All in the SHOP now. 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

New Nautical Stripes

The last pieces of our Spring Summer 2013 collection are now available online including 40's stripe hair bows, sweetheart bodices with matching knicker sets, skinny sailor belts and our famous bow clutch bag in a nautical navy stripe cotton. The same pieces are also available in broderie anglaise to fill your Summer holiday wardrobe.