Theatrical multi-layered bespoke wedding dress

written by Rachel Lamb
3 · 09 · 22

Bride climbing a spiral staircase wearing wedding dress

I am excited to share this theatrical multi-layered bespoke wedding dress that bride Kirsty wore at her winter wedding in 2020. Kirsty married at Bolton Castle in Wensleydale, Yorkshire, in the nick of time just before the pandemic started.

The wedding images here are by Gomes Photography.

In her spare time, bride Kirsty writes, directs and acts in her own and other plays and is no stranger to wearing costumes herself. She commissioned me to create a wedding dress with a theatrical feel, using tulles and satin in different colours.

Full length image of bride with bouquet

This wedding dress was fantastic fun to make and a real ‘creation’! At our first meeting Kirsty told me she wanted to wear a bold design and showed me a few pictures she’d collected. I sketched several designs based on her ideas and she picked her favourite.

Sketch of a bespoke wedding dress design

The skirt section of this theatrical wedding dress was made by gradually building up layers from the inside out. Much of the tulle layering was sewn in by hand in an ad hoc manner and I positioned the pieces of tulle by eye and decided if it was a good place. Kirsty chose tulles in tones of soft cream and ivory, along with dark brown, grey and latte colours.

tulle layers in the skirt of a bespoke wedding dress

back view of bride climbing stairs in wedding dress

One of the beauties of commissioning a bespoke dress is the ability to add in detail as the creation progresses. As the wedding dress developed, I added strings of pearls and lace appliqué motifs to the tulle drapes within the dress. This gave added interest to the design in a subtle way and the pearls helped add a gleam that echoed the lustre of the satin.

bespoke wedding dress skirt with layers of tulle and pearls

I had such fun making this theatrical multi layered bespoke wedding dress. If you’re curious about the bespoke process or interested in finding out more, do contact me for further information. Email is always best to get in touch. I look forward to hearing about your ideas.


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