As a little treat to my readers who are lovers of reproduction vintage wedding dresses, I'm so delighted to share with you the very first sneak preview images of a brand new, about-to-be-launched collection of dresses that have been designed by Helena Butler, founder of 'Heavenly Vintage', who up to now, has been a very busy lady supplying many adoring brides with hundreds of original vintage wedding dresses. Aside from making so many vintage loving brides so happy, Helena has also been busy creating her own debut collection, which I am excited about featuring in full in January. For now, let's take a look at what's in store. I think you'll agree, it's looks divine…
I wanted to show my New Collection of Vintage inspired dresses on
Love My Dress first, before they are seen elsewhere, because Love My Dress
has been very instrumental in developing my business from the
beginning – lots of my brides find me on Annabel's lovely blog!
have been planning this Collection of ten pieces for well over a year
and will be launching the collection in full in early 2013. Today
however, I wanted to show you a few of the dresses as a little taster…
This project has been so much fun, and I'm so excited about soon having all my lovely samples here to show my
brides – even giving them names has been a bit like naming my children! I've had to dedicate a lot of time in finding the right fabrics that
have that special vintage look. I am so happy that I found a family run business in Nottingham that can produce beautiful lace for me from their back catalogue. The guys who run it are the third generation of lace makers in their family, and have made the lace specially for me, I am also using gorgeous French lace and Italian silks.
The first dress (seen below) is called Butterfly and uses the beautiful Nottingham lace, it is copied from a 1930's lace dress. I love those old lace dresses but it's getting harder and harder to find them in good condition, so reproducing them for modern day brides seems to be the way forward.
The slip for the 'Butterfly' dress can be in a choice of several colours to highlight the pattern
on the lace, it's shown here with an ivory slip but I can also have the
slip made in dusky pale pink, champagne, and several other shades.
The second dress is called Starlight, and is also copied from a 1930's original wedding dress. It is backless with cross over straps, and an integral sash which can be tied in a bow at the back, or wrapped around the body. The fabric is again pretty special, it is a very heavy weight textured silk satin, which is very similar to the original dress, it is available in white, ivory, silver grey, or gold.
It is shown in one shot with a sweet little jacket which was copied from a little 1940's jacket, the fabric for this is an embroidered silk organdy by the same Nottingham company who made the lace above.
The third dress I'd like to preview today is called Chantilly and has a beautiful, very fine French lace bodice and a taupe coloured ling to give it a soft vintage colouration, and an Italian silk organza skirt…
One of the reasons that girls love vintage, is the softer colours that are available so I have tried hard to recreate that feel in my collection, with pale pink, mushroom and champagne colours as well as gold and silver grey.
So for now, these are just three of the styles from the full collection that I'm planning on launching in January.
The beautiful headpieces in the last three shots are by Abby at Cherished Vintage, Abby made the pieces especially for my shoot, (more examples to be seen in a few weeks!). I was thrilled to be able to use them, she is with out a doubt one of the nicest and most talented people I have met in this business.
The makeup is by Lorraine at Rouge Makeovers, and again I counted myself very fortunate to have met her and to have her do the makeup for my lovely models Patience and Cordelia. The photography is by my clever husband Robert Lawler.
I hope you love what you see – please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to find out more, or discuss trying on one of my beautiful collection of original vintage wedding dresses.
Readers, you can see brides wearing Heavenly Vintage on Love My Dress here, and here's a sneak preview of a beautiful wedding I'll be featuring very soon, where the bride wore one of Helena's orginal vintage gowns. For further information in the meantime, please visit the Heavenly Vintage website. Annabel xXx