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Haute Couture SS15: 10 Beautiful Wedding Gowns

Haute Couture SS15: 10 Beautiful Wedding Gowns

The beauty of Haute Couture is the glamour, the knowledge that the garments take hundreds of hours to produce, mostly by hand, nearly all bespoke, and always with no real budget in mind, it is why I love it so much as it is basically pure fantasy, and it’s the wedding gowns that inspire the most.

I think this has been one of the best Paris Haute Couture Week’s for a while, truly inspiring craftsmanship that really showcased the best in forward-thinking designs, and the bridal gowns were just exquisite. Elie Saab always inspires brides with his beaded beauties, but I’ve also included gorgeous, dramatic and sexy gowns by Zuhair Murad, Ralph & Russo, Versace, and a contemporary, quirky gown designed by Jean Paul Gaultier that if I had seen it before my own wedding I think I would have totally fallen in love with that tiered tulle skirt.

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Runway: 3 Things I Didn’t Expect To See At Haute Couture

Runway: 3 Things I Didn’t Expect To See At Haute Couture

Haute couture is usually exquisitely crafted gowns, dripping in beads, sequins, Swarosvki crystals, and delicate embroideries, which have taken hundreds of hours to produce by hand – that is why I adore it so much, it showcases the brilliance of fashion and techniques that should be admired and promoted.

However, it seems that each season we get a taste of the ordinary reworked in an opulent fashion, maybe it is for shock-and-awe, maybe it is to bridge the gap between couture and ready-to-wear, or maybe it is just to make an elaborate statement.

Whatever the reason, here are three things I spotted this season that I never expected to see on a haute couture runway:

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Exhibition: The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier


Ever since the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition opened in Montreal I have been excited about its visit to London, not only is the French designer one of the most recognisable couturiers in fashion, but I knew that the exhibit would be very theatrical, filled with exquisite gowns as well as some of the costumes he has made for the likes of Madonna, yep the conical bra corset is on display, and Kylie Minogue.

Spanning across two floors this is a large exhibition, covering his love of Breton stripes, double denim, punk street style, dramatic red carpet worthy gowns, as well as a boudoir dedicated to the corset. There are lots of highlights in this amazing exhibition from iconic pieces such as the ‘La Mariee’ wedding gown above styled with an Indian-style feather headress-train covered in ivory silk tulle to the specially designed wigs by hair stylist Odile Gilbert like the metre-high Union Jack Mohawk and the life-like sometimes singing mannequins that take a little getting used to.

This isn’t like an ordinary fashion exhibition, it isn’t displaying works in chronicle order or even by collection, it really plays upon Gaultier’s loves – his love of stripes, his love of bejewelled gowns, his love of the Punk era in London, his love of the corset and his love of sexuality in his designs. It really works with the designer’s personality.

What I adored about this exhibit is how close you can get to the pieces, I really feel that Couture fashion is an art form, and the Barbican obviously feel the same in the way they have laid out this exhibition of JPG’s work. The detail in some of the pieces is exquisite and I love that some of the information card tells you how it took to create, for instance the camouflage-effect ruffled tulle gown that Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the MTV Awards in 2000 took over 300 hours to make.

I would definitely recommend a visit to this exhibition if you love fashion and couture, give yourself a whole afternoon though to really take in the large exhibition, and download The Barbican’s free app that acts as a multimedia guide to his career.

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As well as getting an early look at the exhibition it was also amazing to hear from Jean Paul Gaultier in conversation with the exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, hearing about how much London means to him, his inspirations, talking about how the film ‘Falbalas’ inspired him to pursue fashion, his tips for future designers, as well as his how his Gran inspired his love affair with corsets. He really was insightful and truly charming.

On his love of London, Jean Paul Gaultier said: “I feel more at home here than Paris. I am honoured to have 1/8th of English blood from my grandfather’s side. You, the roast beefs, embrace me the [French] frog – I’m proud to say that.”

Addressing future designers, Gaultier added: “I love that I get to do the work I love. If you have the passion it is worth it. If you truly love it you don’t feel like it is hard work. My first collection I did with no money, no sponsorship, I’m very proud I did it with no money. If you love it, no problem, if you just want to be known or be famous, maybe do something else.”


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ is at the Barbican, EC2, until August 25. 

Wedding Inspiration: The Couture Bride


I love checking out the couture collections from Paris, as I am always in awe at the craftsmanship that goes into each piece, and I adore that no gown is too big when it comes to couture. Normally for the spring shows I am pairing up beautiful gowns with gorgeous actresses and hoping that they will wear on the Oscars red carpet, this year however being surrounded with wedding magazines getting inspiration for my own gown I thought I would share some couture bride inspiration.

Top of my wishlist, if I won the lottery, would have to be getting a wedding dress designed by Elie Saab, this man is a genius and his spring 2014 collection was another stunning scene of decadent elegance, gown after gown was just beautiful and the bridal moments were stunning.

The final gown above literally took my breath away when I was watching the live-stream, everything from the off-white hue to the exquisite embroidered detailing and voluminous silhouette – simply stunning. Just imagine how magical it would be to wear a dress like this on your wedding day, you could rest assured that no-one would be stealing your spotlight!!!

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As well as Elie Saab, the ethereal musical Valentino gown really caught my eye, so it doesn’t scream traditional bridal gown but there is something about that I think would work for a wedding, especially if you have a love of music.

Other gorgeous dresses that I loved included Dior’s simple-yet-modern gown with its textured perforation dot design, the statement peplum gown from Alexis Mabille’s exquisite collection, and the delicate lace embroidered Valentino gown that will never go out of fashion. Also how divine is this heavily embellished white gown by Georges Hobeika – so swoon worthy!!!

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As well as the divine, couture weeks also showcases the flamboyant and more out-there of pieces, including some that could work for some very confident brides. How about the showgirl look from Jean Paul Gaultier or how about walking down the aisle in Stéphane Rolland’s white jumpsuit with wings?

If you won the lottery – which Couture bride would you be?

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