Thought you would have to travel to London to source a couture wedding dress? Think again. Fashion designer Antonia Aitken has brought bespoke vintage chic to Yorkshire with her label, Blossom and Belle. Based just outside the city of York, Antonia and her team have established a reputation of creating unique bridal glamour. We caught up with Antonia to tell us more…
(Above image: All You Need Is Love Photography)
The Nup: Antonia, please tell us about your brand
I specialise in couture made to measure bridal wear/evening wear. My aim is to create gowns for the independent bride who seeks something unique and different. All the gowns are made to measure in house using the best quality fabrics, beads and trimmings. I always work with my client to make sure everything is as she wants. Always emailing in between fittings to reassure her and to keep her updated.
The Nup: How did you get into bridalwear?
I graduated in 1995 with a BA Honours in Fashion and Textiles and was asked by a friend to make her wedding dress. It started from there as Antonia Houston Bridalwear in Belfast. Blossom and Belle was established two years ago after taking time out to have a family and my urge to started back up again to create unique one-off gowns.
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The Nup: What do you love most about Yorkshire?
Yorkshire is Home. I’ve lived in Northern Ireland, Canada and London and I’ve lived here now 8 years. It is a beautiful county where creativity is allowed to thrive.
The Nup: Is there a favourite dress that you have made?
Every dress I work on each time becomes my favourite but I do like my slim line 1930’s styles.
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The Nup: How long does it take to construct a dress?
I like my clients to book in for a gown a year in advance to allow the design and making up process. It takes approx two months to actually construct the gown but it’s spread out over 9 months with a toile being made, which is a mock up of the gown in calico, to allow for design decisions and changes to be made.
The Nup: As a bride, what would the process be to getting dress made?
You would come and have an initial consultation where I would get to know about your initial ideas and we would look through fabrics etc. When you decide that you would like Blossom and Belle to design and make your gown I would design a range for you and go through fabrics. Its an absolutely lovely experience. I measure you and get started on constructing the pattern and toile. After all the design decisions have been made fabric will be ordered and the making of the gown begins. It takes approximately 5 fittings over a period of 9 months for the final unique gown to be complete. I also like to have the gown finished in plenty of time so that the bride can focus on other elements of the wedding.
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Thank you, Antonia. To see more of Antonia’s work, click on the link below:
If you would like a bespoke Blossom and Belle wedding dress, then you can contact Antonia and her team on 01904 848920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation.
Michelle, The Nuptial x