Bow

The bow has yet to recover fully from what the 80’s did to it. The lingering fear of anything with a bow on the back will take a while to shake off. I would like to offer up some beautiful bows to remind everyone of how great they can be.

Vera wang gown with super wide grosgrain bow above.

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Vintage draped and tied bows.

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Large bow incorporated into a sculpted back by Lanvin.

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Chanel dress from the 30’s with contrast bow.

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Little velvet bows added to a birdcage veil. Perfect for with a sleek and simple dress.

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Dress covered in bows from Stella McCartney. Would it be too much with the above veil?

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Here the bows are embroidered onto the dress. An example from the 20’s and a modern take on a 50’s frock.

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Sculpted and wired bow by Dior.

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Little bows as detail on the back closure. The left as a detail over a zip and right as the actual closure on an informal dress.

Dip dye

Many thanks to Gwen Stefani and John Galliano for bringing the dip dye into the world of bridal. This technique is a wonderful way to add some colour to a dress. I am actually going to have an opportunity to dip dye some projects and I am really excited about them.

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Here a lovely soft lace dress dipped in a soft silvery blue. This dress shows a colour gradient down to the hem. This is achieved through varying the dilution of the dye as well as the time in the dye pot.

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A brighter blue dipped ruffle dress. It looks like some of the ruffles are dipped and some are white where they should be blue, the dipping and ruffling must have been alternated.

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Lovely sleek black on a simple peach dress. This dress is the most basic dip as it is a solid edge between the dark and light.

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This dress looks to be made from fabric that has been dipped, not actually dipped itself. With improvements to printing fabric in recent years it is now possible to buy fabric with a colour gradient effect that are printed. These fabrics can be a great way to get the look of dip dye without the expense.

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Another cascade of ruffles dipped, The colour being allowed to creep higher on one side.

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This dress by Tara LaTour is not actually dipped but the look is created through layering colours of chiffon.

Costume

There is one sure way to make my morning a good one. A rare but welcome post in my RSS feed from Before the Automobile.

This amateur costumier (she calls herself an amateur but I don’t agree) has made some of the most wonderful historical reconstructions I have ever seen.  the posts are full of photos of details and construction which I find fascinating.

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I think the reason they are so perfect is that she uses lovely fabrics and is able to get an incredible fit. She also recreates all the layers of the underwear to perfection, giving the perfect shape to work with.

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Every time I see a new post it makes my heart ache for the chance to go to a proper ball, or at least a lovely picnic.

 

 

Cortana

Silk Tulle and mesh is a wonderful fabric, I was perhaps a little harsh on it when discussing veils but it can make amazing dresses. Spanish designer Cortana has taken a fine silk mesh and made it their signature. The mesh they use is a little heavier than a veil tulle but it still has all the wonderful drape and needs no edging.

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There is something a little grown up about this fabric. It has a soft matte finish and a sheer but not too sheer look. I Imagine these dresses would all be perfect for wedding in an intimate restaurant overlooking the sea. Ceremony on the deck and then wine and dinner inside, glowing with candles as a storm rolled in.

Delphine Manivet

When I first saw this dress I was enthralled. To be honest I am not entirely sure if I like it or not but I immediately bookmarked it for posting about so I am assuming I do. Designed by French designer Delphine Manivet it does seem to work perfectly with this modern and confidant New York bride. The rest of her wedding is wonderful, photos here.

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This dress was from a collection with a few other full skirts. In one photo you can catch a cheeky glimpse under the skirt and see a structured crinoline. This would have been light to wear and moved as she moved.

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