Bell Street Bridal
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Michelle's short beaded wedding dress

Michelle's wedding dress and matching jacket - 2015

Wedding photography by Studio Something

Michelle wore a fifties style A-line sleeveless dress with gold geometric beading detail. Due to allergies Michelle wanted a 100% cotton wedding dress and this was achieved with an ivory cotton sateen outer, and soft cotton voile lining. I made a matching jacket with elbow-length sleeves to be worn for the ceremony and a beaded bow-shaped hair accessory with birdcage veil. While the shape of the dress and jacket were inspired by the fifites, the beaded detailing on the dress and headpiece were inspired by Art Deco designs, merging Michelle's two favourite design styles into one look.

As always, the process started with calico toile fittings. This was important to ensure the Art Deco seaming on the bodice was both functional and flattering.

I use adjustable mannequins when my clients aren't around to try things on, this allows me to work with large range of sizes and eliminates guesswork.


Michelle wanted rose gold beads and sparkly crystals, so I made a small sampler to decide the best way to use the beads. We ended up deciding to keep it simple and use mostly rose gold bugle beads, with a few crystals added for extra sparkle.