New Looks: Decoupage Details • Floral

May 16th, 2013 – Comment

I’ve never had the time to scrapbook or craft much, but I love looking at hand made decorative objects, and obviously, my creative energies all go into creating my own “crafting” of wedding dresses! This season, inspiration struck while looking at some Victorian decoupage. From the French word “to cut” this art of assembling and layering paper cutouts (often from floral greeting cards, wallpaper, and such) is still quite popular. As I was working with the layers of lace, appliques, vintage ribbons and hand-made flowers, I loved this idea of layering and almost creating a “collage” with my materials. My daughter saw me working on the Charlotte belt, and couldn’t resist helping out! Maybe I will have a future assistant!

decopage_floral_1.2

decopage_floral_2.1

decopage_floral_4

primrose test

decopage_floral_3.1

charlotte

decopage_floral_11

decopage_floral_8.1

decopage_floral_10

decopage_floral_8

gladys

See the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Real Brides: Lorna in Dew Drop

May 15th, 2013 – Comment

Lorna takes our breath away in the Dew Drop gown and Bolero. She was an absolute delight, and we just love how she worked that dress! The perfect blushing bride!

lorna_1

lorna_2

lorna_3

lorna_4

From the Bride:

After visiting half a dozen other shops, I was not finding the type of dress I envisioned. Too mainstream, not original enough. I fell in love with Claire Pettibone boutique the moment I walked into her shop. It was like being in a gourmet confectionary shop with too many delicious choices. Exquisite gowns in abundance. When I walked in I knew I was in the right place. There were dozens of dresses I could have been happy with. I wanted something with a vintage, hand made feel, lots of attention to small details, something that looked from a past century, but with a touch of whimsy as well. My experience there was wonderful. My choice, ‘Dew Drop’ fit all the criteria. I felt just like a faery queen from an 1800′s illustration, like I stepped out of my throne in the center of a large pink cabbage rose. Perfect! Cinderella had her pumpkin, I had my rose! On my wedding day, everyone kept saying to me ‘you look like a faery!’, or ‘flower goddess’ or ‘you look magical!’ which was exactly what I was trying to achieve. Couldn’t be happier. 

lorna_5Congrats to Lorna and Tim!

Photographer: Gennan Shippen of Watch the Stars Photography

Florist: Debbie of Floral Fields

Coordinator: Dana of Floral Fields

See the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Musings: Vintage Sparkle

May 13th, 2013 – 1 Comment

Sometimes a little sparkle goes a long way…love these sweet peep-toe ballet flats paired with the silver guipure lace embroidered belt of our Brigitte gown.

Vintage-Sparkle_051313

Photographer: Elizabeth Messina
Shoes: via Pinterest  (shoes photographed by Sara Hasstedt)
See more of  Brigitte and the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

 

Tags: , , ,

Musings: Roses are Red

May 6th, 2013 – 1 Comment

You really can’t go wrong with a classic red lip.  A pop of color in your bouquet adds a retro spin to our romantic Viola gown.

Roses are Red_050613

Photographer: Laura Gordon
Headpiece: Angelique by Enchanted Atelier for Claire Pettibone
Bouquet: via Pinterest
See more of  Viola and the entire collection at Clairepettibone.com

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Events: Claire Pettibone mentorship at Otis Part I

May 1st, 2013 – Comment

I took on an exciting project this season (and a walk down memory lane), mentoring the incredibly talented students at my alma mater, Otis College of Art and Design. Here’s Part One for a peek into the design process, from design direction, sketches, muslin fittings, all leading up to the juried show voted on by the leaders in the fashion world. I’m so proud to report that all of my students made the cut for their work to appear in the gala scholarship benefit and fashion show to be held this weekend at the Beverly Hilton. I’ll be attending, and will report back with final show photos and my winner for the Golden Thimble award…tough choice, the students all did a fabulous job!

Otis_intro01

Otis_002

Otis_003-1

Otis_005Otis_quote01-1Otis_09

Otis_015-1

Otis_013-1Otis_quote_03Otis_016

Otis_017

Otis_019Otis_quote03-1Otis_020-1

Otis_011

Otis_2_03

Otis_2_08

to be continued…

For more information about the college: Otis College of Art and Design

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
© 2014 Claire Pettibone, all rights reserved.