When a woman smiles her dress should smile too.
A bespoke wedding dress that is as unique as you
Planning your wedding can be a stressful time with lots of big and small decisions to make. Finding your dream wedding dress is often daunting, but having it custom-made can be a wonderful journey of discovery.
At my studio, you can leaf through fabric swatches of beautiful silks and laces in a relaxed atmosphere. You may be inspired by a fabric there and then or you can tell me what you have in mind and I will source it for you. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member.
Creating your bespoke wedding dress
Following our initial consultation, I will prepare a quote for your dress and sketch some designs so that you can visualise your ideas. Once we have agreed on your design I will begin work on the pattern and create a toile (a full mock-up of the design in cotton sampling fabric) for your first fitting.
Together, we can tweak and hone your design as we go along – refining your dress at each fitting makes it so much fun. We can add detail and personal touches such as monograms of you and your fiancé or the name of a loved one. If you have some inherited fabric or lace, I can incorporate that too.
Looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding dress?
If you would like to explore something out of the ordinary and consider a tailored wedding suit for your special day please take a look at my bridal tailoring page here.
How much does a bespoke wedding dress cost?
We discussed what they were looking for, taking into account the location of the wedding - by the beach in Southern France - and what hadn’t felt right about the dresses they had tried on to date.
We narrowed down the brief to the following key elements: A flowing figure skimming dress, perhaps cut on the bias, a non-shiny silk that didn’t have the appearance of polyester, and the right mix of elegance and discreet sensuality.
The results speak for themselves. In Salome's own words: 'I cannot thank you enough, Dara! I'm in heaven - a little cloud of bliss. My dress is the prettiest wedding dress I have ever seen!'
We looked at some inspiration images she had collected at our first consultation and created her look from there. The two piece wedding suit is cut from 100% silk crepe and lined with silk habotai. To make sure it wasn't see-through three layers of lining were required.
Lena was thrilled with her look and said that she has never felt more beautiful or comfortable than she did on her wedding day!
For more pictures of her beautiful East London wedding please follow the link below:
Elegance, functionality, comfort and small personal touches - the key ingredients in any Dara Ford wedding dress.
The lace was underlayed with silk georgette and silk crepe satin. Luxuriously lightweight and comfortable to wear all night. You can see the result of the evening's dancing on the hem of the dress the morning after. The best way for a wedding dress to look in my opinion!
Choosing separates is a great way to get more out of your wedding dress too - worn on their own each piece can become a part of your summer wardrobe.
We chose a sleek and elongating silhouette for Ida as she is 5ft3" tall and anything else would have swamped her frame. The overall look was elegant and sophisticated. On the inside of the dress we added personal touches such as monograms and incorporated some antique lace that she had. The look was finished off with a soft silk tulle veil.
Christine chose lace for her dress. A simple top with 3/4 length sleeves and a full skirt to which we added pockets in the sideseams.
Louise chose a floaty and romantic silk georgette for her dress. The draped sleeves were flattering and perfect for catching the seaside breeze. We felt that adding lace would have been too much, but chose to fasten her dress with pearl half round buttons.
The finishing touch were matching neckerchiefs for their dogs!
“Dara understood my style completely and listened to my wishes for a simple dress without any frills. I couldn't have been happier with the result. I felt comfortable and great!”HannahCommunications Manager
“Dara took a lot of time to create this beautiful and personal dress for me. From the pale green colour to the vintage lace monograms on the inside of the dress everything was considered and perfect for me. I loved my dress and felt wonderful in it. Incredibly it even makes me look tall!”IdaGraphic Designer
“I have to say that the dress design process with you was one of the most memorable parts of the wedding. I really enjoyed the fittings and also your patience, but more importantly you were very professional, open to ideas and when I sensed that a lot of work would have to be put into the dress to make that 'small tweak' you didn't show this and never complained. I trusted you completely and you made me feel calm. I am so pleased this was one area I didn't stress about (you did all of that for me :)) I keep talking about the dress to Jonny and others keep telling me how beautiful it was. I wore it again on Sunday so got 2 wears out of it. I didn't imagine such a response - its been a delight and its still on-going. I'll be recommending you in future.”Natalia
“We've just had our pics back from the photographer and it's so great to look at these and remember what a fantastic day it was and how great I felt in your wonderful creation. I had so many comments! Everyone was admiring the dress, they were quite honestly blown away with how beautiful it was! Thank you again for all your hard work. I will of course be recommending you to everyone.”CatherineDigital animator and graphic designer