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The first gown made from our new collection ‘Winnie’ is based on a 1950’s pattern, with a high low hem and the new version due to hit our store In October is now sitting off the shoulder. The dress comes in lace, polka dot tulle or duchess silk and starts from £895.
Rachel tells her story here:
So I started going down other routes of potentially getting a dress made or altered. I had appointments booked with a dressmaker, however on the Saturday before myself, Alex (the Groom) and my Mum headed to Creative Brides wedding fair at Scotney Castle (I’m a huge National Trust fan and grew up in Kent, so it was one I felt I couldn’t miss). Whilst looking around the tent my Mum spotted a rack of wedding dresses and in particular a polka dot tulle. We’d found Cara at Story of my Dress! After trying on I decided to go for it and bought my dress there and then.
Photographer: Lemonade Pictures
Douglas Darnell founder of ‘Darnell of London’ was a successful couturier and dressed show business stars like Joan Collins, Diana Dors and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
By 1960 Darnell opened his salon in Hinde Street in Mayfair, where he employed a small team of assistants to cope with the growing workload. Diana Dors would drop in for a coffee, while a young Roger Moore might be observed waiting while his wife, the singer Dorothy Squires, was in the back room for a fitting.
Darnell also created elegant designs for leading female impersonators such as the drag queen Ricky Renee and a young Danny La Rue.
In the late 1960s Darnell dissolved his business partnership to work from home, where he produced some of his most extravagant and glamorous creations.
This incredible gown was purchased originally from Harrods in the 1960’s, it must have been for someone very special as in the 1960’s dresses were still fairly simple from the post war fall out.
We have lovingly restored this bridal gown into a strapless dress with a smaller more manageable train. It also comes with the original high neck, long sleeve lace jacket that can be kept as a separate or re-attached to the gown! This dress is £1195 and would fit a size 10.
Our 'Arianna' dress (modelled above) is a 1930's incredibly beautiful gown that I found in New York when I was on a trip hunting for dresses to add to my collection.
The story goes that it was saved from a closing down museum in New England! The owner of the vintage clothes store in New York, where I found her, had been out on a sourcing mission and she happened upon this.
A life behind glass in a museum being adored for 80 years after being worn once!
This dress is one of my favorites, I have found the perfect bride for this beauty and her wedding day images will be uploaded next year after her special day! x
Photographer: Olly Knight
Louise wore an original 1940’s silk dress with the most beautiful stitch detail on the neckline! Louise came to me a few times trying on a number of dresses and finding a fair few that she loved! In the end she fell in love with this gown which actually fitted her like a glove and was almost like the dress had been waiting for her! Louise and Andy got married at the super cool East Quay wedding venue in Whitstable which is where I first met Louise at their wedding fair.
"I loved my dress so much and so did my guests. It felt really special to be wearing something so unique and a piece of history as well. It was just so simple but so beautiful, I felt wonderful!"