Redesigning a vintage wedding gown is one of the most challenging and most rewarding things a designer does. I love it when brides come into my shop with their grandmother and their grandmother’s wedding gown and say, “I love my grandmother, and I want to use her dress for sentimental reasons, but I’d really like to update it to my style.” What a delight! The bride beams. The mother beams. The grandmother is beyond over-joyed!

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Carissa was one of those brides.  She came in with her mom, and her grandmother. They brought the 1957 wedding gown carefully wrapped in tissue paper in an older box. As Carissa explained to me what she wanted I looked at the dress to see if the fabric was still in good enough shape to be worked with. Luckily for her, the fabric was in amazing condition!

We discussed the look and shape of the new gown I would make from the existing gown, what need to remain and what needed to be taken apart. It could all be worked out, as there was plenty of fabric in this lovely old ball gown.Grandmother wanted to unpick her old wedding gown. And so she did, as a labor of love. We decided to keep the bodice intact, as it fit Carrisa perfectly and she loved the lines. We completely took off the skirt and zipper and started from scratch with that skirt as the fabric for the new skirt.  I used a beautiful silk charmeuse under the 40+ year old lace. The lace was originally white, but over time had yellowed to a beautiful ivory. Cutting the old lace into a fit & flare skirt was a beautiful way to treat this fabric. So on trend right now.

I love vintage trims and have quite a bit in my shop.  We found one that worked perfectly and even matched the champagne color of her shoes!  I designed a simple, sweeping tulle veil to balance the delicate vintage look.  The final look was simple, sophisticated and stunningly vintage excellence….but updated to now!

The entire experience was one of sweet anticipation each time Carissa and her family came to the fittings. She looked lovely in her vintage redesign and won her grandmothers approval!

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