Italian Modern-Romantic Dress with Mantilla Veil
Kate's dress had equal measures of modern and romance. The neckline was cut high, and the armholes cut-away, highlighting her tall elegant silhouette. Her back was open and framed with gently curved panels - with a beautiful vintage inspired closure consisting of lace covered domed buttons which were custom made. The skirt consisted of 10 metres of circle cut silk georgette, which draped and floated with the most beautiful movement as she walked. Kate loved the idea of a very long train, however she also wanted to feel comfortable dancing without getting a mass of fabric wrapped around her ankles - therefore I designed a long detachable train drape which could be easily removed for the evening. The added drape gave the effect of a glowing trail, transforming her dress. The top was made from Italian corded leavers lace, and decorative motifs were hand-cut to produce matching appliques. The appliques were overlapped and hand embellished with tiny pearls. The mantilla veil added the most elegant aesthetic - trimmed to fingertip level with lace gently decreasing in size.