If you’re a bride to be planning your Cornwall wedding and you’ve already started the hunt for your perfect gown, you’ve most likely come across Anna D’Souza. A fabulously talented dress designer, Anna has established a reputation across the county for her gorgeous work. Her dresses have been used in countless gorgeous styled shoots, she’s worked with all the big names in the Cornish wedding industry, and of course you’ve probably spotted her gorgeous gowns in Wed magazine.
So, without further ado, I hand over to Anna…
There are so many beautiful dresses out there – but what to do if you have a vision for your wedding day and you cannot find your perfect dress ready made? A totally bespoke dress can be the answer but many of us have never had anything specially made. It might be a daunting prospect – so where do you start?
A bespoke bridal designer can design and make a unique one-off gown. Find your designer by taking a browse through wedding magazines or online searching. You may have some recently married friends so it is also worth asking around for a recommendation. Most designers will offer a bespoke service and often a collection of gowns that can be made to measure and customised. It is usual to be able to meet a designer for an informal chat over a cup of tea, while browsing their portfolio, viewing or trying on sample dresses and rummaging through fabric and lace catalogues.
The perfect design will begin as a series of ideas and sketches on paper, maybe a mood board and a collection of swatches. At this point you can bring along anything that has
inspired you, such as a scrap of lace, an image or a piece of jewellery. Once the design is finalised it is made as a mock up dress, or toile. This is an exciting stage – as the toile is fitted the look and feel of the gown unfolds. At this point adjustments can be made and the design refined before it is made up in silk. Further fittings of the silk gown follow and this is often a time that brides enjoy the most. A chance to try on your gown as it is fitted and each time the ideas become the reality.
Many will say that nothing quite compares to the look and feel of a bespoke gown. The process allows you to choose the silhouette and detailing for your dress whilst the designer ensures the cut is the best fit and the most flattering for your figure. Every detail from the fall of the neckline to the tiniest embellishment will suit you perfectly.
How can you make the most of the experience? It is definitely a good idea to allow your designer creative freedom to suggest cut and details that you may not have considered but will love. Tell them what you would like and then make the most of their skills to turn your ideas into reality.
Always take shoes to a fitting. Even if they are not the actual shoes you are going to wear on the day, when trying on special occasion dresses a comfortable shoe the same heel height will affect how you stand and therefore how the dress will look. Your designer will be able to give you advice about the right undergarments to make the dress look it’s best. The drape of beautiful dress is as much about the linings underneath as the gorgeous silks and laces that will be seen. Designers can also recommend all the right accessories to complete the look and sometimes other bespoke designers who can specially make accessories that match perfectly.
Most of all enjoy the process. At a busy time in your life, fittings can be time just for you, alone with your dress, seeing it take shape and looking forward to the day you will be wearing it.
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Thanks to these fab photographers for the gorgeous images of Anna’s dresses…
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