Thursday 15 December 2011

Make Me A Dress

In Spring 2011 Alexandra King launched her debut bridal collection, emphasising the British craftsmanship of her label and concentrating on the individual design and cut of every hand crafted dress.  One look at her wonderful dress archive reveals just some of her beautiful bespoke creations.

Every dress is hand made from start to finish in her small studio near Cheddar with the highest levels of expertise, each design unique for each customer.  Alexandra uses original, vintage techniques authentic to the era of the dress you require and aims to produce each one as ethically and sustainably as possible in the UK, using vintage fabrics, fair trade and organic cottons and sourcing from UK companies who have close contact with the factories they work with.  She keeps track of current trends, but her inspirations come from the golden age of couture, mainly drawing ideas from film and 20th century fashions.  Think traditional design mixed with theatrics and a little sparkle.

Alexandra’s always happy to meet her customers although doesn’t maintain a shop open to the public.  You’re more than welcome to visit for a consultation on your dress and for measuring, but life in the studio is a busy one so all visits are by appointment only.  She also has an online shop and boutiques on both Etsy and Asos.  Dresses from her bridal collection are all made to order to your measurements and take approximately 8 weeks to complete, but do note that due to this hand made process she can only make a limited number of dresses each year!  

In addition to the beautiful bridal creations, you’ll find bridesmaids dresses alongside brilliant bow accessories on her website.  Each item she makes is special and Alexandra King has a rare skill, making sure each creation is as unique and as perfect as it can be without being prohibitively expensive.  I thoroughly recommend browsing the archives on her site and you can see the real deal on the day, as she’ll be exhibiting at the Bristol Vintage Fair in 2012 and bringing along samples of her beautiful designs.   


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