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Lace and luxury
Can you tell us a little bit about your design background? I was given my first sewing machine at the age of eight and I've always loved making things. I graduated in Fashion Print from Central St Martins and then designed for several haute couture houses in London and Paris, which inspired me to launch my own boutique in Knightsbridge, London.
When did you set up your bridal brand and what prompted you to do so? I opened my bridal boutique in Beauchamp Place in 2010. It's such a special street and it's a privilege to be based here. It's always been my dream to have my own label offering a bespoke service. I absolutely love designing with luxurious silks and intricate lace and tulles. What inspires you about bridal design? I adore creating dresses that mean so much to my clients and it's an honour to be part of their special day. Lace has such a romantic, timeless quality and my 2018 collection features full lace overlays as well as delicate trimmings. My great-great-grandfather was a lace designer in Nottingham and I'm so inspired by his work.
How would you describe your debut bridal collection and how often will you be releasing new designs? While working in Paris I was influenced by the elegance of vintage silhouettes and bias cut styles. I wanted to create dresses that combine elegant simplicity with natural cuts and defined silhouettes while capturing a romantic and feminine feel. I'm continually designing and I keep adding to my collection throughout the year, so my clients always have something new to discover.Which era of design is the most interesting to you? I'm fascinated by the '20s and '30s, as the gowns were so elegant and sleek. How would you describe your signature style? The YcDressbridal collection captures the essence of sophisticated luxury with beautiful silhouettes that emphasise femininity, style and romance. Each gown retains an individual character and original charm, designed with meticulous attention to detail.
Where are your bridal gowns designed, and for what reason? All of the dresses are designed and developed by myself at the boutique in Beauchamp Place to provide the most personal service. What is your favourite dress from the collection and why? Delphine is one of my favourites, as I absolutely love the delicacy of French Chantilly lace, the subtle silhouette and the striking pearl button detailing at the back.
What type of retailer is your collection most suited to? It's most suited to a luxury high-end boutique for discerning clients who will receive the highest levels of personal service. We currently supply The Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge Wells with our gowns and are interested to hear from other potential stockists. How does running your own boutique inform your designs? I ensure that I meet all of our clients and this enables me to gain an invaluable insight into emerging trends. Which other fashion designers do you admire and why? I have a great respect for Dior, particularly its timeless vintage designs as they were so beautifully crafted.
If you could design a bridal gown for anyone in the public eye, who would it be and why? I'd love to dress a member of the British Royal Family. It would be an absolute honour.
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years? I hope to continue to grow the brand while offering a truly personal service.brand and what prompted you to do so? I opened my bridal boutique in Beauchamp Place in 2015.
It's such a special street and it's a privilege to be based here. It's always been my dream to have my own label offering a bespoke service. I absolutely love designing with luxurious silks and intricate lace and tulles.