Get an exclusive look behind the scenes during the making of the first Mary Katrantzou Bridal Gown. Mary reveals her inspiration behind the bespoke dress, "When Carolina first came to the studio we started looking through our archive, pulling her favorite pieces from past collections and deciding how we could create something perfectly tailored to her. She loved the “cake a flake” and “ivory” dresses from my Fall 2012 collection, but also the sporty necklines from my Spring 2013 “postage stamp/banknote” collection. We started sketching options and then incorporating elements of designs she was interested in, but the dress constantly evolved in every fitting. We didn’t want to do a classic strapless dress; we wanted it to be modern and original. The result was a modern yet timeless gown using 120 meters of chiffon muslin—each layer hemmed with bridal horsehair—a full crinoline underskirt, and a racerback bodice. One thing Carolina really wanted was lots of fabric and movement, so the focus was on the skirt and designing it in a way that it appears effortless.We didn’t feel it was necessary to embellish the dress or do anything to over the top —it was more about the movement. Everyone was playing with it all night long and she danced and swirled in it for 8 hours! It wasn’t a simple dress but it had a purity in its design and its lines that I think really suited her. " For both parties it was a collaborative experience, and a particularly personal one, " I became so emotionally involved—particularly during the later fittings. And we had 8 fittings! Carolina and I became really close friends throughout the process. She was so open and positive and even though I had never done a wedding dress before, she really trusted me to create the perfect dress for her. I flew to the Dominican Republic for the wedding and when it all came together I felt so humbled to be part of such a special day in her life. It felt like I’d known her for years".
Images by Alex Bramall.