It’s a feel good day for me today, not only have we got to share the most beautiful Scottish farm wedding, we also get to showcase and shout about two brilliant British designers. This morning, we featured an interview with designer Nicki Macfarlane, who creates the most beautiful outfits for children to wear at weddings. This afternoon, we’re turning our focus to Tobi Hannah of the modern contemporary bridal wear label, Tobi Hannah Bridal.
“I truly believe that perfection is achieved when there is nothing more to take away. I like to keep it simple. Simple is sophistication and so I prefer clean lines. I have a bias towards 1950s and 1960s silhouettes but my goal when designing is never to rehash the same old clichéd full skirt and colourful petticoat look.
Instead I like to experiment with unusual fabrics, make modern modifications to vintage silhouettes whilst creating short and tea length wedding dresses that appear slightly unconventional yet very sophisticated.”
London based Tobi Hannah, is best known for her short dress wedding dress designs – such an expert is she at having honed the short wedding dress design, she has even written her own book about it.
Today, I want to introduce you to Tobi’s brand new collection of short wedding dresses. I caught up with Tobi recently and she told me all about this new collection, which I think could well appeal to those of our readers who appreciate sassy, vintage designs created with the modern bride in mind.”
“My designs dresses are made for real people and are cut beautifully to flatter the female form in its natural state. I am so grateful to work with an amazing team of people who also believe in individuality and we work in harmony to help brides get their perfect wedding dress every year and we have SO much fun doing it!”
“From vintage and modern to the flintstones, degas ballerinas and book covers, I take inspiration from anywhere that resonates with me and fuels my imagination. I am in love with art and music (from jazz to heavy metal), I have more books than clothes and every single thing I love finds its way onto the dresses in a small or big way.
My new ‘Adventure’ collection owes its name to quote by Helen Keller. She is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. (She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree) Her story inspired me to create a collection that reflects my own interpretation of Helen Keller’s quote about life and adventure. Life is both beautiful and fragile - and personally, I believe that every bride should strive to be her own authentic self on her wedding day.”
Each wedding dress in the adventure collection has it’s own unique creation journey. The Affection Tea length wedding dress takes inspiration from an amazing painting by Leon Comerre of famous ballerina, Rosita Mauri.
“I designed each dress with 10 individual moodboards and a specific body shape in mind. I took inspiration from anything that resonated with me and fuelled my imagination. All short wedding dresses in the collection are named after words that can be associated with Adventure (Paradise, Wonder, Brave) to name a few.”