Most of our laces are engineered specifically for the dress they are a part of. I like to start with the softest silk tulle as a base and then create airy works of embroidery on top of this inspired by details from the dress design.
I am fascinated by Edwardian and Victorian lace and textiles. I source antique garments in London and Parisian markets for inspiration, and it never ceases to amaze me the level of handcrafted detail in these pieces - some are made entirely by hand.
It’s lovely to see lace being used in many contemporary ways through surprising color injections and unexpected placement.
I am inspired by the sense of history in clothing, so if it doesn't have it I like to create it. We decided to dye and then wash the embroidery on this gown to give it a vintage feel.
I find the Victorian Period in particular very influential. Season after season, I see notes of Victoriana in our collections. It was a very feminine period, extremely delicate but with bold designs.
What interests me most is when you see lace in atypical colors. I love hunter green in lace as much as I love blush or almond. It’s tricky, though, to find a perfect marriage between the shade of color and the design and texture of the lace.
I love the contrast that’s created between intricate appliqué, lace, or embroidery on a more relaxed-looking silhouette.
Lace and appliqué especially are beautiful ways of adding refinement and drama to wedding dresses. I like incorporating them into modern dress shapes to keep the overall look original and of our time.
I find inspiration in fashions from all time periods, though I’m especially drawn to the twentieth century: the 20s, 60s, and 70s.