Tuesday, 5 July 2016

New Arrivals to Our Vintage Collection

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We always have gorgeous dresses arriving at the shop and here are a few pastel lace pieces that are my favourites this week. Our collection is always carefully selected to work together with the other dresses and our own collections.

Above is a beautifully delicate 1950s silk organza and lace cocktail dress in pastel baby blue. The lace is some of the prettiest I have seen and the fine piping at the waist finished with a bow is perfection.

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 Ivory vintage 1940s fine French lace wedding gown, cut on the bias allowing the wearing to simply slip on the dress and fit with the ties at the waist. I love the quilted satin shoulders and collar. The sleeves are a gorgeous fit too with pointed cuffs.

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 Finally a little cuteness from the 1960s with the pastel yellow babydoll mini dress with lace bodice, satin bow at the empire line and chiffon skirt. If I can find the twin of the dress they would make the most gorgeous bridesmaids dresses!

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Red Gown

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Prom Night 2016 

The first prom night in Wells has been and gone and we can share the first dress of the season. We arrived a little let to the city to really capture the imaginations of the teen population but those on the uptake had some gorgeous ideas. 

This is the red gown, Rose red to be precise in a French silk chiffon for a beautiful girl at the Blue School in Wells. I will need to keep tabs on who is wearing what from which school next year, as there are no fewer than six schools in the area!

This particular 16 year old was looking for simple and elegant, something without the sparkle of the 'normal' prom dress shops. To me it was important to have a dress that could be worn again and altered in the future. And most importantly a design that was a knockout beauty on the red carpet instead of hotfix poly-satin on the tarmac.
So we looked to Valentino, the king of the red gown for inspiration and an early 1950s old hollywood silhouette with a draped sweetheart bodice, wide halter neckline and a full circle cut silk chiffon to billow around the hem. We used a selection of trims for the belt, a little sequin (the disco sequins didn't go down too well,  note to self to remember what it was like being 16!) grosgrain and satin, the matte of the grosgrain was the winner. 

I couldn't be more happy with this gown and hope it will be worn for years to come. It was a little difficult to let it go especially after documenting the fit as it felt amazing on. A bespoke gown is always incredibly special and someone in Wells has this dress that should be treasured forever. 

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