I was chatting only the other day to an industry colleague about how
many bridal wear designers there are in the UK today – how difficult it
has become (as in every other aspect of the wedding industry too I
should imagine) for new designers to make their mark – to stand out from
the rest. But for some designers, this really is easier because they
have such a beautiful and distinct style.
One of these designers new on
to the scene is Sanyukta Shrestha. Born in Nepal, Sanyukta Shrestha is a London based bridal designer specialising in
hand crafted bridal wear that is vintage inspired, simplistic, elegant and individual.
desire has been always to create beautiful designs that are luxurious,
indulgent, individual and equally sustainable. Through following
ecologically green guidelines for all our production process using only
eco fabrics that are sourced from trusted suppliers and hand weaved
through the traditional skills of Nepalese village women, we are trying
to ensure that the whole creative process of our gowns is ethical and
It is ultimately all about creating 'beauty with a
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Sanyukta Shrestha
In case you're wondering about that exotic name by the way, it came from the Hindu God of education and arts. It is
also known to mean ‘united’ or ‘union’ which is very fitting for a wedding dress designer, don't you think?
Of course, having just published a book on vintage wedding style,
most people know I'm drawn to a certain aesthetic when it comes to
bridal wear and perhaps this is why Sanyukta's beautiful creations stood out to me from the off…
and 1930’s have always been my favourite fashion eras. There was
something so effortless and elegant about the style of that time. It has
always been my passion to recreate that sensuality. It was that era
that really took hold and inspired this whole collection.'
try to capture and express a romantic love of eras gone by. I love the
individuality and elegance that transcend time and age in every bride
that wears our gowns.
I believe in individuality and I enjoy bringing out inner beauty, a
reflection of personality of woman who wears my design. For me feeling
good is equally important as looking good.'
'For my latest collection pictured here, my muse was Wallis Simpson. She had a
controversial personal life but her style was iconic. She worn pieces
that had a timeless cuts but made then chic by accessorising.
Wallis always looked chic and classic; she had mastered the kind of simply yet
elegant fashion that every sophisticated woman strives for. From the
fitted shift to the wasp-waisted gown Wallis always made a statement. It
was that that we wanted to recreate, the sense of iconic style that
flatters the figure but will remain stylish for years to come.'
Sanyukta's muse, Wallis Simpson
How long have you been designing and what led you in to bridal wear design/what is your background etc?
designing career began in Nepal at the age of 17 when I designed for
Miss Nepal Beauty Pageant 1998 and was awarded as a Best designer for
first ever design I created opened the door for me in the fashion
world. After graduating from London College of Fashion, I worked in
bridal and retail industry in the UK for five years before setting up my
own label in 2011.
It has been amazing journey as a bridal designer
since then and I feel very honoured to be awarded several times for
doing work that I truly believe in. It inspires and encourages me to
work even harder to create better work…'
'Since the beginning of
my fashion journey in the UK I was very drawn to designing wedding
dresses. The most intriguing part I found in whole design career is to
work on to bring out personality and individuality of each person who
wears my design. And to bring out the inner beauty of the bride in the
most special day of her life is very fulfilling.'
What sets you apart from the rest?
think our ethos is what sets us apart most and makes our collection
unique and different. We are always striving to create bridal looks that
are stunning both visually and in terms of their quality. It is our aim
to continue to create special designs that are made using natural and
ethical fabrics and using the traditional skills of weavers from my home
country of Nepal.
We use fabrics like milk, organic silk, organic cotton, bamboo, hemp
that are most comfortable on the skin. Most of these fabrics have
anti-bacteria properties, which makes it extremely suitable for healthy
clothing and especially if you have sensitive skin. The health benefits
that come with this also benefit the brides experience as the fabrics
are hydrating and nourishing creating a much more pleasurable wearer
How would you describe the Sanyukta Shrestha bride?
brides are independent, stylish, forward thinking modern woman who
possess an appreciation for style, quality and comfort. They desire a
wedding gown with a difference, a gown that enables their inner beauty
to shine through.'
What do love most about designing for brides?
'I love the
moment when a bride finds her dream gown. They are my inspiration.
Designing for brides allows you to realise every romantic dream a woman
has. Fulfilling their dream into reality is my passion. A bridal gown is
an epitome of the style and personality for every bride so it is an
honour to be a part of that moment.'
Can you provide our readers with an idea of how much your gowns cost?
'Our bridal wear prices range from £1,500 – £3,000 for a made to order
wedding dress. When making a bespoke wedding dress (a new custom made
design will be made which is not part of the collection), we are able to
give a quote once we know all the work involved. We hold consultations
by appointment only in our bridal studio in London, at no financial
Love My Dress Wedding Blog, Film producion Copyright (c) 2012, Will Riddell
Like what you see? The Sanyukta Shrestha studio is based in Hayes, West London. Brides can book a bridal
appointment at the studio, or
contact their nearest stockist. Both bespoke and made to order gowns are available.
To find out more, please visit the Sanyukta Shrestha website,