OK now, I need to emphasise in a BIG BIG way that you need-to-go-and-see-this-right-now. It will make you smile. It will make your day. The bride, Kate Beaumont, in that first look designed her own wedding dress. And you can see Kate wearing her dress as we also featured her wedding here. Kate is a litte bit more than talented you see. She not only designed her own wedding dress, she went on to create a full collection of wedding dresses after her wedding. And today, she would like to share that collection with you – one she describes herself as a mix of vintage glamour, elegance, prettiness and simplicity…
"I’ve been setting up my own business over the last year. I got
married last April in a dress I made myself, and since then I’ve been
working on a capsule collection of wedding dresses, plus designing and
making bespoke dresses for the six brides I’ve secured commissions from
Some girls have always been into weddings and
have known what kind of dress they wanted since they were little – I was
definitely not one of those girls! It wasn’t until I discovered vintage
wedding dresses and some of the amazing designers influenced by vintage
– Jenny Packham, Johanna Johnson, Claire Pettibone etc – that I
realised how incredible wedding dresses could be."
"When researching my own wedding dress, after much online
searching (and drooling) I visited a few gorgeous vintage dress
boutiques in London and was really inspired by what I saw. I decided I’d
like to create something similarly lovely at home in Sheffield,
combining original vintage dresses with my own vintage inspired designs.
idea of being involved with the whole process from start to finish was
what really excited me – to meet people, suggest ideas, design, pattern
cut, fit and style brides myself, rather than having to specialise in
one area as is normally the case in the fashion industry. Plus it’s
incredible to be able to meet brides to be as they embark on such a
happy and exciting part of their lives."
Look at the detail in this gorgeous Kate Beaumont lace dress. Talk about breathtaking!
"I studied Fashion Design at university. I fell out with the fashion
industry for a while after spending a year travelling upon graduating
in 2006 and decided I wanted to save the world instead, so began working
for an environmental charity. My best friend persuaded me to make her
wedding dress a few years ago, I made my own last year, and the idea to
start a business came from there.
I guess because
there’s such a wealth of inspiration there – so many years worth of
beautiful designs to be inspired by. Clothes in the past were so much
more glamorous than they are today – or at least they were if you were
lucky enough to be born into money and not into a lifetime of servitude!
I especially love the opulence of thirties fashion – long slinky bias
cut dresses, clever pattern cutting and an abundance of exposed backs…"
Some of Kate's collection of original vintage bridal wear follows…
"I work from my home studio in Sheffield. Brides are invited
along for a consultation to meet me, see my work and discuss ideas. As
every dress is made-to-measure (except for original vintage dresses), we
usually need a minimum of three fittings.
bespoke dresses: I try not to be too prescriptive, but to work closely
with each bride to realise what works best for them, in order that they
feel like the best possible version of themselves on their wedding day.
from my own collection made-to-measure start from £1,200. Original
vintage dresses start from £400 and bespoke made-to-measure dresses
start from £1,500 (though simpler dresses may be less expensive).
Dresses – Kate Beaumont
Images – S6 Photography
Hair & Make Up – Jenn Edwards
Flowers – Swallows & Damsons
Headpieces – Debbie Carlisle
Shoes – Rachel Simpson, loaned by The White Room
Vintage Shoot Venue – The Chimney House