Morning everyone :) I so hope you enjoyed yesterday's instalment of blog posts, all three of them! 😉 This morning I'd like to introduce you to a designer whose work I've admired for some time now. And my readers should know, if they don't already, that I'm very keen to support the independent designer, the artisan crafts-person – it is these people doing beautiful things but without a major budget to promote their brand that I love to support through Love My Dress.
London based designer Sally Lacock specialises in working with lace and other delicate fabrics, to create beautiful wedding dresses with a soft, vintage feeling, yet cut to fit the modern figure.
"I launched my collection at the beginning of 2011 and have had an amazingly exciting year getting to see my creations worn by real brides . All my dresses are made in London by very skilled makers and I closely oversee every dress adding the finishing touches and hand worked details myself.
My studio showroom is located in the creative hub of Dalston, East london. This is where the collection is exclusively available in the UK. For Hong Kong readers our collection is stocked at Blush Bridal Couture in Hong Kong Central district…"
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Sally Lacock
"The idea of launching my own collection had been bubbling under the surface for a while. It wasn't a difficult decision or a major life change, more of a progression from the work I was already doing.
I was increasingly being asked to make wedding dresses alongside my freelance work and realising that the vintage loving bride often had problems finding a dress with the right fit or in good enough condition, I decided that the time was right to produce a collection in the style that I love. It also allows me to work directly with my clients which is such a privilege. A huge part of the enjoyment of this business for me is meeting my brides, their mums and friends…"
Sally's signature style is relaxed, pretty and romantic with a strong vintage vibe…
"I am hugely influenced by the fragility of old lace dresses, I love the fact that they carry so much history in their fibres. Edwardian lace tea dresses are my favourites, It is the dreamy softness of them that appeals but I also love the sleeker, leaner lines of the 1930s.
The brides that come to me are often looking for a relaxed approach to finding their dream dress. They are vivacious, a little bit bohemian, creative and free spirited. They find the creative studio atmosphere here refreshing and a great antidote to the more formal traditional bridal shops. I like to call my creations dresses rather than gowns as I feel that it describes the more relaxed gentle nature of them.
I can always tell when a woman feels happy in a dress as her whole stature changes, she relaxes and starts to move naturally…"
Sally's made to order dresses cost in the region of £1,500 – £2,700, and bespoke design starts at £1950…
"Generally dresses are made to order, this means that a dress from my collection is made in the clients nearest size and then altered afterwards if necessary. We also offer a bespoke pattern service for those who aren't a standard size. This means that a complete pattern of one of our styles can be made specifically for the client. If we feel that an alteration would be better done to the pattern before the garment is made but a full bespoke pattern is not required then this option is discussed at the time of ordering. We also offer a full bespoke service. Being a small company there is plenty of flexibility.
I also stock a small hand selected range of vintage accessories including bags, jewellery and veils. I have a selection of beautiful, unique head pieces by Cherished, Julia Beazley and Emma Hill as well as vintage items that I have collected.
Our newest arrival is a beautifully cut, luxurious '40s style faux fur cape, lined in silk and designed in house for the chillier days and evenings. It is yet to be photographed but keep an eye on the website…."
"My dresses are all made in silk and French lace with vintage lace trims and buttons. All dresses are lined in silk, it is very important to me for the dresses to feel beautiful and luxurious next to the skin. Alongside Ivory I like to use a palette of antique gold and silver, soft taupes and minks which adds to the vintage feel of the collection…"
Which of the dresses above is your favourite?