Painting | Rachel Ruysch, Still life with flowers in glass vase, 1716, oil on canvasRaven was the first black wedding dress that I designed. The centerpiece of the Still Life Collection, I wanted to pay homage to the Dutch Master paintings that inspired the whole collection, so I had this stunning floral embroidery created for Raven. In order to convey the light that seems to glow from this masterpiece, I layered ivory sequins underneath to shimmer and reflect the light.
The Eden gown, part of my Gothic Angel collection a few years later, definitely leans to the Angel side with heavenly blue silk and iridescent floral embroidery work, but we took inspiration from dramatic turn-of-the-century (the 19th, not our most recent!) portraits, and photographed this beauty with a slight edge of darkness.
Most recently, I created Phoenix for my Evolution collection. A perfect blend of romantic roses printed on silk velvet inlaid with dramatic black Guipure lace. That high regal collar is contrasted with a "never in the Victorian Age" open low back...a contrast of sexy and demure, the utterly romantic and a hint of mystery...all of those contradictions and complexities that we women share, because no one can be all sugar and sweetness all the time.
Another nod to the old world is a veil. This bridal accessory can definitely add some drama and mystery whether your look is light and airy or a touch dramatic like our Casablanca beaded style here. My brides are unique and diverse, and whether you're a garden fairy or a Gothic queen, I am here for it! But since it is October, I do want to wish a very Happy Halloween to all of my Gothic Angels!