I have a bit of an obsession with ‘vintage’ – well, particularly, the clothes, style, embellishments, jewellery, literature, art, architecture and pretty much everything else from the late 1800’s through to the 1930’s with a pretty serious obsession with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. I even wrote my Masters dissertation in Literature on the Fin de Siecle period so when I decided to have a try at my first styled shoot, I wanted to try to reflect some of my love of the style and glamour from an old Hollywood era but with a bit of a modern twist on things.
There’s an amazing shop in Frome called Poot which is home to a collection of independent designers, one of whom is Mari Hughes, a designer who works under the name of Sow’s Ear. Mari create incredible dresses – they’re made from recycled fabrics, reclaimed silks, cashmere, lace and all sorts of things and turned into the most beautiful and wearable creations from asymmetrical styles to bias cut. Mari creates a range of one-of-a-kind wedding dresses and for the shoot, she let me use the most beautiful bias cut dress with three quarter length sleeves, a low cut v back and high neck made from some gorgeous ivory coloured antique lace and lined with silk. It’s totally beautiful and it’s even washable. Practically perfect.
The very first wedding related thing I made was a button bouquet for my little sister’s wedding way back in 2012 and, although, I still make the occasional alternative bouquet, I’ve moved more towards headdresses over the last few years. For this shoot, I thought I’d have a go at updating the button bouquet idea and have a bit of an experiment with a boat load of ivy from my garden, lots of lace and silk ribbon and a button and felt ball bouquet in shades of dusky pinks and mother of pearl to create an oversized, asymmetrical foliage bouquet – it’s a bit different so I’d love to know what you think. It’s not the first one I’ve made and I like the idea of combining unusual materials and creating something a bit unexpected.
I’ll stop rambling now and let you have a look at Oxana’s wonderful images. As before, Sian Hall is our beautiful model and she was transformed into a Hollywood starlet by Hair and Make Up Artist Charlotte Tillyer (I’ve never seen such incredible eye make up in all my life) and the gorgeous paper goods are by Rosie Barrett of The Tiny Card Company whose Exquisite Plum Blossom invitation suite worked perfectly.