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How to Pick the Right Wedding Dress: Insider Tips from a Top Designer

by | April 24, 2017

The designer behind the sophomore Floravere collection spoke to us (on the condition of anonymity) about all things couture wedding dresses. With over 15 years of experience, A (as we shall call him) is currently the head designer at a renowned bridal fashion house. Read our interview with him to get behind the curtain of couture bridal and to hear his insider tips:

Q
How do you get inspiration for your designs?

A

My designs are created with the purpose of conveying emotions reflective of a woman’s personality, story and dreams.

Q

How long does it normally take you to design a dress? And what does the process look like?

A

Designing a dress occurs in the moment of inspiration after I spend some time in thought. Creating sketches can take minutes to hours. It all depends on the inspiration!

Couture Wedding Dress

Q

How do you feel about bedazzling?

A

It all depends on the woman, however I have to admit I do not believe in excessive bling. Just the right amount placed correctly is often much better than drowning a gown in jewels.

I have to admit I do not believe in excessive bling.

Many designers overdo it because of the common misconception that more is better!

Made To Order Wedding Dress

Q

Why does it take so darn long to get a made-to-order wedding dress?

A

Made to order gowns take so long because they are designed and created specifically for a client’s vision and proportions. Every garment I create is hand sewn using traditional couture techniques and I hold myself to a very high standard of quality. When a dress is mass produced, quality is sacrificed and the fit is often incorrect despite extensive tailoring. Often when stores shorten the hem of a mass produced gown, the design elements are then not placed according to the woman's proportions.

Every garment I create is hand sewn using traditional couture techniques.

Every detail matters and this is why it can take 4-6 months and sometimes even longer! I have to say that it is absolutely worth it and every person who has experienced the made-to-order process understands just how different a made to order gown feels and looks. I've never had a client say that it wasn't worth creating a made-to-order gown.

Q

One wedding dress trend you are totally over?

A

Sheer tight gowns that are trying so very hard to show way too much. One might as well wear nothing! I think women are better than that!

Sheer tight gowns that...show way too much. Women are better than that!

Q

One piece of advice you have for a Bride as she goes dress shopping?

A

Try on as many gowns in as many shapes and fabrics as possible! Most of the women that I have worked with have had a vision of their perfect gown since they were children but end up surprising themselves by choosing a completely different gown once they take my advice and try different gowns on!

If you go to a bridal salon, be careful because the first few dresses they bring you are almost always from brands they are pushing to sell.

You never know what silhouette works best for you until you physically try on every silhouette. Also, if you go to a bridal salon, be careful because the first few dresses they bring you are almost always from brands they are pushing to sell and may not actually be for you!

Q

In your experience, what is the most flattering silhouette on most body types?  Is there such a thing?

A

There is absolutely no such thing. Every body type comes with a personality inside. How a woman holds herself affects how a silhouette appears as well. For example, two women with the same body type might look very different in the same dress if one slouches more or one walks with more flair!

Q

Wedding dresses that aren't white/ivory/cream/off-white.  Thoughts?

A

I love that some women are adventurous. It is not for everyone, but personally, I think the right woman could make a colored gown work very nicely. I think the mistake comes when women choose a colored gown because of trends and then later look back on their choice with regret because the color did not have personal meaning


Q

Do trends in regular apparel influence bridal?  (e.g. off-the shoulder ruffles, chokers, etc.)  What trends do you see across both?

 A

Absolutely not. I do not design based on trends. I do not believe in trends, especially when it comes to the most important dress most women will wear in their lifetime!

I do not believe in trends, especially when it comes to the most important dress most women will wear in their lifetime!

Designing for trends only leads you to look back with regret because trends inherently do not reflect the individual woman but rather society as a whole. Your special day is about you and your partner! Why let anyone else tell you what you should wear because it is “on trend”?

Q

Anything else you think is important for brides to know about wedding dress design/fit/styles?

A

To sum it all up, it is your special day, do whatever it is that YOU want!

 

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