Designing you a beautiful, magical reality

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There are a lot of beautiful and yet strangely elongated fashion drawings out there, and many, many sketches of amazing outfits that would never work in the real world on a real person.  When it comes to drawing and designing wedding dresses, evening gowns, or even stage costumes, in my opinion it is above all about people.  I have never been someone who designs crazy or unwearable clothes or costumes, my aim has always been a fantasy for human proportions. I would never want to design something that looks better on a hanger than on an actual human being, as what would be the point? Even in my art school days designing costumes without barriers, I was always conscious that the purpose of everything I drew was ultimately that it was to be worn by a real human being. My niche has never been puppets or CGI characters, I have always dealt in human-length arms and legs, and a solid body that would need to bend and turn and breathe, with every flight of fancy a potential reality for an actual person.

Flying bride in a Faith Caton-Barber silk dress photograph by Martin Hobby

Photograph by Martin Hobby

I really believe that the same approach is absolutely necessary for designing for the special occasions in a woman’s life. A wedding dress for example, should be something wonderful that lifts a woman from the ordinary world and sets her apart from her day to day life, and at the same time shows us she is still her lovely, beautiful self rather than a distorted changeling in fancy dress.  A successful dress in my opinion, is an expression of personality and style in a way that flatters and enhances a woman’s form and allows her to be comfortable without feeling exposed or swamped by what she is wearing. We all have our own kind of beautiful. Being human with all our imperfections is part of that and we should celebrate our unique qualities rather than trying to rebuild ourselves into some extreme thing we are not, and without serious and dangerous surgery, never can be.

 

One Comment

  1. I agree whole heartedly! As a designer too, I think it’s tough to admit, in a sense, that there is a limit to what a dress-maker and designer can do. But that’s no bad thing.

    Why would I want to make a bride look like anything other that who she is, I want her to look at her photographs and recognise herself.

    As well as designers, I feel we are body image coaches too, helping women to realise their own beauty, showing them how to enhance them selves and see their bodies through different eyes.

    I would really love to do a piece on bridal weight-loss. I see some nasty things floating around (my other half is a personal trainer so I see the false info that is being floated), and I have the urge to set the record straight, and would love to collate the thoughts of brides and dressmakers alike.

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