Happy Monday Dotties! Ever considered a cocktail wedding? This month we show you how.
Saying goodbye to our Elopement Issue and looking forward to our Cocktail Issue for all things cocktail weddings this month – to give you yet more ideas on what a wedding in 2021 and beyond can look like. Take your wedding planning and be inspired by our Polka Dot Directory to choose vendors from Accessories, to Flowers, we have Wedding Planners and Styling & Hire – we even have Cinematography and Hair & Beauty.
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“Genuine couture dresses made with the world’s finest fabrics—created from scratch, to fit you perfectly—without the designer fee.” This is the D’Italia mantra and they live up to their high standards with stunning gowns made just for you by their team of seamstresses, tailors and couturiers. With design and styling advice on anything and everything to do with your bridal look, the team can also create mother of the bride outfits, and provide the most luxurious of fabrics if you choose to sew your outfit yourself. With French laces and silks and beading from China and India you can be assured that your gown will be unique and just as you dreamed it would be.
We asked the D’Italia team five questions in five minutes:
Weddings are the best to work on because….
At d’Italia every bride we meet will never end up with the same dress as it is custom made and custom designed for the individual bride. We never know what type of bride we will help next so that makes our job exciting and creatively stimulating.
What is something people would be surprised to know about your job or something that challenges you?
Designing and custom making a dress for a bride does come with its challenges as we are creating and selecting fabrics and laces from scratch and it is not a finished product that the bride can see. There have been times when the type of fabric, lace or colour does not exist. Not only are we designing the dress and making it, but we have had to design laces and fabrics to be produced just for a specific criterion.
What is it about the creative process that you most enjoy?
What we most enjoy about the creative process is seeing the vision of each dress come to life in the end. From the moment the fabrics and colours are put together, to the calico mock up fitting to seeing the completed dress, each step is pure magic and such a joy seeing it be made.
What are you hilariously bad at?
Shuchi and Pala the senior Bridal Designers are hopeless with technology and prefer old fashioned methods with sketching or designing. However, our junior Designers Alyssa and Olivia are up to date with the digital world and tech savvy. So, as a team we all make up for our shortcomings and learn off each other.
When you were small what did you dream of being and where have those dreams taken you?
Pala– As a young girl I really had no idea what my dream profession would be, but I always knew what my element was and what made me feel more like myself was when I was doing something creative. Whether it was designing, drawing, painting, sewing etc. So, I am really not surprised I have ended up working at d’Italia for the last 6 years as a Bridal and Design Consultant.
Alyssa– When I was younger, I always loved being creative and I knew I’d do something fashion or design related. When I was 10 I fell in love with sketching wedding dresses (funny enough). I’d find scrap fabrics and sequins and hand sew mini gowns for my dolls. I loved the idea of being able to bring my designs and imagination to life so I’m really not surprised I’m now a bridal fashion designer. I get to do my favourite thing every day as my profession which is amazing!
Shuchi– I have always been imagining, creating, designing and shining my individuality since I was a young girl. My passion for fashion and high – quality craftsmanship led me to attend a top fashion design school overseas, where I learned the sophisticated art of designing dresses. With my creativity and passion continuing to grow, it led me to be the lead bridal designer / consultant at d’Italia for the last 10 years and my love for the job grows every day.
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