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Why White?

How Queen Victoria, new-fangled photography and rubbish laundry facilities created the iconic western tradition Ever wondered why western brides wear white? Queen Victoria sparked the trend in 1840 and actually raised eyebrows by choosing white, which was usually only worn by debutantes for their presentation to court. Before then (and for a while after), brides […]

Typical!

My brides and dresses are all so different. Do I even have a typical customer? What do a pink glittery ballgown, a satin ivory shift mini-dress, and a two-piece embroidered lehenga have in common? Or a backless, barely-there lace dress with a long-sleeved, high-necked, satin-twill number? I mean aside from the obvious, that they are […]

Is the make-up-free Miss GB contestant empowering women and girls? What about brides?

One of the top ten most read BBC News stories this morning concerns Elle Seline, a contestant in Miss GB, who plans to appear without make-up at this year’s competition. Ms Seline, who was bullied about her appearance in her teens (as I was), says she is doing this to challenge patriarchal standards of beauty […]

Thank you, NHS (and sorry I forgot to clap)

In the bewildering days and weeks of the first lockdown in March 2020, I wished there was something tangible I could do to help. But I make wedding dresses. And weddings were cancelled. What help could I actually be? I considered making facemasks but didn’t know the first thing about the antimicrobial properties of different […]

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Hello, I’m Holly. Welcome to my latest musings on designing, dressmaking, what goes on behind the scenes and all things weddings. May contain cats.

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