When talking about wedding dresses, drama is in the details. Just take a gander at this breathtaking work of art by Ian Stuart: a vintage, fitted couture gown of beaded French lace and taffeta, with godet panels on the mermaid skirt and train meant to, as its creator intended, achieve a ‘beautiful swirling effect when you walk in this gown’.
Ian Stuart is an internationally acclaimed British designer and this stunning ‘Bali’ creation is my favourite from his Belle Epoque Collection.
The multi-awarded designer, whose accolades include numerous years as Best Bridal Designer of the Year, certainly knows how to turn up the drama with every one of his show stopper creations.
Call for couture
It comes as no surprise that Ian Stuart’s passions lie in art, theatre and music. These inspirations shine through in his creations, which incorporate exquisite details in innovative wedding dresses.
Ian Stuart’s definitive style was honed during his training at the Belville Sassoon, the highbrow British fashion salon reputed as one of London’s finest couture houses, whose clientele included socialites and members of the Royal Family (Princess Diana was in fact one of Belville Sassoon’s royal clients, who wore their creations during her early years of marriage to Prince Charles).
Eventually, Ian set up his own bridal brand in London, The Collection Designed by Ian Stuart, which catapulted him to worldwide fame.
Ace of lace
If your personality leans more towards the dramatic and innovative, I suggest drawing inspiration from Ian Stuart´s masterpieces. You can view his collections on his website.
Now on to more favourites from his collection this season… because my personal style prefers details from various cultures around the world, I have really taken to the exquisite ‘Jakarta’, an exotic lace gown that recalls the 1920’s flapper style, embellished with strings of beads around the waist.
I also adore the ´Tiger Lily´ from the Revolution Rocks collection, which features an oriental style collar in French corded lace and beaded pearls.
Whether you’re buying a couture creation or are simply inspired by Ian Stuart’s designs for your custom-made gown, you’ll surely shine with this striking, regal style.