This was a fantastic commission. One of my issues with bridal wear is the time, energy and resources that go into a single-wear outfit. My brief was to upcycle a wedding gown which had lain dormant for decade into a 10th anniversary party dress.
Ann provided me with some images of Vivienne Westwood cocktail dresses, and declared an interest in La Westwood’s plastic Melissa shoes. My job was to re-work her dormant dress into a party frock for the Saturday night of an anniversary weekend away with friends in a disused windmill, to be worn with the shoes.
As the dress was Grecian in style I had several drapes to play with, looping them up and creating a swag at the neck which ran into a pseudo sleeve. The dress being hitched up in this way created flattering ruched effect at the waist, and shortened the hem to a better length. The front of the skirt was shaped to reveal a net petticoat which was created from the long veil, ensuring not a scrap of fabric went to waste.
Bridal upcycling starts at £150. Please get in touch for a quote.