Musings: Then and Now

July 11th, 2012 – 2 Comments


 

Vintage jewelry often finds its way into my mind when designing wedding dresses (and often, onto my fingers, ears and neck!) Many years ago, before the current trend of “vintage weddings” appeared, I devoted an entire collection to two of my favorite eras of jewelry design: Art Nouveau 1890-1910 and Art Deco 1920-1939.

Still one of our most popular silhouettes, Cloisonne features intricate “inlaid” velvet on delicate tulle embroidery with ribbons and beading along the neckline…almost takes the place of a necklace, although a lovely pair of earrings might be nice!

The Art Deco style of the 1920’s has always been a favorite of mine (and many of my brides). The Renee gown has vintage brooches at the bodice and the lace rose motif is based on the classic Paul Poiret rose seen in his classic “La Rose de Rosine Parfum, 1912.

  

This season, I’ve been tempted to visit this era again, especially with a couple of gowns, Haviland and Deauville…1920’s glamour seems oh so now! How to keep it modern yet timeless? Don’t OVER-do on the vintage details…if your dress is classically retro, keep the shoes modern and sexy. Maybe the venue is city chic, and you arrive in a classic car and serve Absinthe! Or vice-versa, and the venue is a 1920’s estate, and you add some modern clean lines to the décor…or how about your whole décor and story IS retro, but you have a rockin’ band and the bride and groom each sport a few tattoos?! You know me, I’m really not one for “rules” about a wedding…to me, the magic lies in each individual couple telling a story that is so perfectly “them”.

 

 

I love to see how our brides interpret these fabulous eras as inspiration for weddings…they always look like such fun parties, and so memorable for their guests! It’s all about finding your own personal details and inspiration to create a love story uniquely you.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/annamaki AnnaLiisa Maki

    LOVE everything about this blog! I just recently learned about the origins & design philosophy behind Art Nouveau jewelry and it’s incredible to see the way you’ve incorporated it into your beautiful dresses! AMAZING!

    I am in love with those earrings you posted on your 2nd to last photo set–could you tell me the designer and/or where I could find & buy those???

    Many thanks for ALL your inspiring designs and for sharing it all with us on your blog. :)

  • http://www.dalefournier.com Dale Fournier

    I love these wedding gowns inspired from antique and vintage jewelry.

    Those earrings aren’t bad either!

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