I have long admired Sally Lacock’s exquisite bridal dresses and the manner in which she so effortlessly captures the essence of a vintage dress but gives it a modern twist to appeal to today’s bride. Her passion and enthusiasm for the 1920′s and Edwardian period is so clearly evident in each and every one of her romantic and ethereal designs. For the latest collection shoot Sally has paired some of the dresses with some extremely pretty bridal headpieces from Cherished Vintage Accessories. The results are stunning, I am blown away by the graceful silhouettes, stunning shapes and finest french laces and silks! Its the kind of collection that makes me wish I could do it all over again and be able to slip into one of these special creations. The lady herself chats to us about her inspiration, latest collection and offers some inside tips on finding your dream dress…
What has inspired your latest bridal collection?
The collections and styles evolve organically, eschewing the traditional way of working according to the seasons. The inspiration for a dress can appear from anywhere, ranging from the natural world around me to a girl in an antique painting. Inspiration comes from everywhere and is never literal.
How and when did you start out designing bridal wear?
I worked in the fashion industry for a number of years in both design and pattern cutting based capacity. Launching my own collection has always been an ambition, this in combination with an enduring love of lace and the notion of working on a small scale in a bespoke manner where I can still get to use a needle and scissors myself, meant wedding dress design was a natural progression and I’ve never looked back.
Can you tell us a little more about your collaboration with Cherished Vintage Accessories and Emma Caderni?
I met Abby of Cherished Vintage through the wedding industry. She has an incredible eye for colour and texture and I have huge admiration for the skill involved in her work. The image of my Mia dress teamed with her bejeweled crown has been a favourite for all!
I met Emma Caderni as a vintage dealer a few years ago while sourcing vintage trims, and we quickly realised that we shared a common aesthetic and love for the rare wax flower head dresses of the 19th Century. I stock her beautiful floral garlands which are always popular addition for brides to complete the bohemian bridal look. We love their delicate, whimsical, unashamedly pretty pieces and the fact that each piece they make is totally unique. We are delighted to stock their pieces in our accessories collection.
As many others I have fallen head over heels for the pastel jeweled bridal crown by Cherished Vintage, featuring over ten vintage brooches and jewellery elements shown at the beginning of this feature.
As far as antique wax flower garlands come they don’t get more beautiful than these stunning head dresses from Laura Caderni. I am very, very tempted to buy one of these beauties!
Where do you seek your inspiration and what inspires you?
I love nothing more than rummaging in antique markets where I find anything from garments to trimmings, books and pictures that all have an influence on my design development.
Which other designers inspire you the most, and why?
Vionnet and Poiret for their pioneering cutting, Chanel and Dior for their heritage and incredible campaigns and Dries Van Noten for their richness of colour and texture.
You offer a couture service for dress design. How does this process work from the initial meeting to the finished item?
We offer a very friendly and personal service. Brides are offered a long private appointment and encouraged to try on as many styles from our collection as possible to get a good idea of what suits them and their wedding. During that time we discuss styling options and play with different accessories to create different looks. Once a style is chosen measurements are taken and a pattern is created for the individual. Depending on the style there will be one or two fittings before the dress is finished.
Designed with the original Daisy Buchanan in mind this 1920s inspired ‘Mia’ dress (below left) is a sophisticated and dreamy take on the Gatsby dress. Dripping with the finest Chantilly lace, embellished with subtle beading, layered chiffon and silk charmeuse this dress moves beautifully and has a youthful, ethereal quality.
I have of course saved my favourite dress ‘Carly’ until last… This fragile Edwardian inspired tea dress wins my heart, made from three different types of the softest French lace which all beautifully combine to form this exquisitely crafted piece. There are various sleeve options available too, should you wish to customize this style.
Do you have any top tips to pass onto our brides-to-be looking for the perfect wedding dress?
Stay true to yourself and your personal style, and don’t be pressured by sales staff to buy early. The right dress will find you! Remember to look at yourself as well listening to the opinions of friends and family.
Its one stunning collection I’m sure you’ll agree. So, do you have a favourite? The collection is available for viewing at Sally Lacock’s studio, in Dalston, London and prices start from £1950. Sally also often has samples available for purchase as well as occasional original vintage gowns. You will most definitely be in very capable hands and can rest assured that you will have an exquisite vintage inspired dress created with love, care and the finest attention to detail!