Having a celebrity press portfolio is a major achievement in the fashion industry and I am filled with great pride as I look back on my accomplishments. I often never talk about this work and tend to play it down rather than bore everyone to death. You see,what usually happens is, the dress gets finished and whisked away immediately to its new owner and I move on to figure out how to make the next one work… lol… Tip – I never ever just jump in…there is much testing and sampling to ensure everything will work as planned before the process starts again – so there really isn’t time to dwell on things too long!
So, whenever someone asks the question, “So, who is the most famous person you have ever made a dress for”, I sometimes don’t quite know just where to begin…I guess it depends upon the age of the enquirer; as around 1988-89, I personally did some work for the late Ava Gardener. Anyway, most of the dresses featured in this post were made around 2006 onwards whilst working alongside influential and talented designers whom I have the utmost respect for and have featured them here to give a little insight into my past achievements.
The intention is to showcase my history as a fashion industry professional is not, as commonly seen today, to seek acclaim, it is to share the range of skills required to make bespoke products. In fact, I can recall every stitch made during the creation of Rosamunds Pike’s dress, the difficulties, challenges and patience required to achieve an immaculately sculpted design. My only regret, as I see it, is the fact that having assisted greatly during the engineering process, the applause is not entirely mine but belongs to the creator. But none-the-less, I am thankful of all opportunities that have shaped and honed my skills in the fine art of bespoke dressmaking and humbled that designers still call on me to help create their marvelous designs from time to time.
Finding your style
One of the key things I ‘d like to point out when you look closely at celebrity fashion – especially Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo) for example. J-Lo knows exactly what style of dress flatters her body and she works it in her trusted style mercilessly time after time. Now I happen to know that she has her body challenges and is certainly not as slim when compared to VB in the same shot. But, by simply choosing the right style, cut and fit, she looks perfectly proportioned, projected by a stunning clean cut silouhette. This is achieved via the cut of the dress, the flow of the line and its structuring (how the dress is made up includes the inner layers) making this a go-to-dress that J-Lo is able to trust.
A few tips to keep in mind when looking for dress shapes that flatter your body:
- Focus: Your initial search should be to find a few variations that are based upon your favourite go-to style.
- Wedding day confidence: To rock the frock on your big day, you must feel 100% at home about your shoulders, upper arms and back. If this is you? then proceed immediately to start looking at strapless dresses that will show off your best bits with great results.
- Bit of a tummy? If you are not as toned in the mid-rift area, you need to consider dresses that are structured enough to provide the support you need.
- Dresses with sleeves: Are making a big comeback on the bridal fashion scene and are a great way to redirect attention as well as taking your style up a notch in sophistication
- Ultra Low Cut Front: If you are heavy busted, either choose a dress that has a high illusion bodice that will hold you in place, plus, you may need the bodice lifted slightly to avoid the dress drooping at the front as your body settles in and the fabric warms up.
- DO NOT: consider buying a dress a size too small unless you are 100% confident that you can lose two dress sizes – if you have already done so, then you need to factor in additional alterations costs.