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Vintage tiaras by Julia Beazley

We have some beautiful new bridal head pieces in the studio by the talented Julia Beazley. These exquisite pieces, expertly made from vintage costume jewellery look stunning with our dresses and are sure to become treasured heirlooms.

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Real Bride Chloe

Chloe looked so elegant in our delicate French lace Violet dress and silk  Rose veil which she chose for her colourful military wedding in November. Chloe says ” I had so many comments about how beautiful the dress was and it stood up well to very vigorous ceilidhing!”

Violet dress by Sally Lacock

Violet lace weding dress by Sally Lacock

Vintage lace wedding dress by Sally Lacock

The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A

Opening on 5th April The Glamour of Italian Fashion is sure to be full of inspiration and wonderful examples of quality and expertise for which Italy has become renowned. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn became style ambassadors for Italian fashion during the ’50s and ’60s following the many hollywood films that were shot on location there. The exhibition will include around 100 ensembles of luxurious womens and mens clothing and accessories from fashion houses such as Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Prada, Versace and Dolce and Gabana.

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Tickets can be booked here

THE STORY OF LEAVERS LACE

I love lace most out of all the fabrics that I use. I have been enamoured by it from a young age when, I was given a collection of hand made bobbin lace that my great Aunty Mary had made. I am equally fascinated by the history of the French lace that I use in my collection, also used by many leading couture houses including Chanel, Dior, and Yves st Laurent.

It is an exquisite quality from the north of France called Leavers lace, named after the machine on which it is made.

Leaver’s machines were invented at the beginning of the nineteenth century by a mechanic from Nottingham who came up with the idea after observing the movement of a lace-maker’s fingers as she worked her tulle network.

The machine was soon smuggled to France where, with the later addition of a jacquard system, they were able to produce mechanically the exquisite hand-made laces produced in places like Chantilly, Valenciennes, Alencon and Cluny.

Generations of craftsmen have worked the leavers looms weaving delicate lace and gossamer tulle out of several thousand miles of thread using 5000 shuttles and 12 tones of cast iron. We aim to help keep this tradition alive by continuing to use this lace in our collections.

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Style Carly made from 3 exquisite patterns of French leavers lace

Elsa Brides

Today we are celebrating some of our gorgeous brides who have chosen the exquisite Chantilly lace Elsa dress for their big day.

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Nicky was married in New Zealand and chose Elsa in Ivory without the cape which she teamed with our silk scallop veil.

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Michelle was married in London and chose Elsa in Ivory with the beaded cape. Image courtesy of Asassynation

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Julie was married in London and chose Elsa in Taupe. image courtesy of Julia Boggio