A good afternoon to you all, those who are visiting the blog for the first time and those of you returning! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely autumnal day. The leaves here are already starting to seriously fall and the temperature has definitely dropped, but it’s not dampening our spirits! Today we have a feature on some absolutely jaw dropping gowns by American designer Claire Pettibone who’s Couture Collection is just up our street and will hopefully bring you some gorgeous inspiration. Claire says, “It has always been my desire to create exquisite feminine clothing using the finest fabrics and precious details; to combine a vintage feeling with modern style.” And we can’t wait to show you what we have today! Let’s kick off with the first of our featured gowns, “Viola”.
Viola is part of Claire’s “Windsor Rose Collection”
Claire says, “Richly embroidered tulle mermaid style wedding dress with illusion back and hand-placed guipure lace trims over luxurious platinum silk.
My grandmother was quite the 1920’s bohemian…her first husband was a rum-runner during prohibition, and was mysteriously killed in a “motorcycle” accident. She never talked about him, and I was a grown woman when my mom shared the scandal that my grandpa (her father) was not grandma’s first love.
I’ve been thinking about Anna Mae, and looking at the photos of her second wedding that we all thought was her first. She wore a beautiful mauve scalloped silk dress with a velvet sash at the hip, round spectacles and stylish Mary Jane’s. Grandma has long passed, but I have her wedding dress, the intricate embroidered linens she made by hand, her gold rimmed china with delicate painted roses…and a good dose of her free spirit.
The sweet and simple details of our heirlooms: lace linens, golden lockets, fine china, don’t they make lovely inspiration for a wedding dress?” Absolutely! The subtle shimmer of this delicious silk is hypnotic and is such a beautiful shape, balancing the hips with the shoulders for a beautifully flattering silhouette. Is this dress for you?
“Beauty” by Claire Pettibone
I am an absolutely massive fan of floral crowns (a post just about floral crowns will be coming soon, so make sure you visit back for more!), elegant, chic and colourful, they look fantastic on flower girls, bridesmaids as well as beautiful brides. This gown caught my eye because of the cute capped sleeves and gorgeous green sash around the waist, not only that, but have a look at the back!
Pretty stunning if I do say so myself! There is something distinctly enticing about a low and revealing back, sexy and seductive, they show just the right amount to really make your dress a show stopper. Let’s see what Claire had to say about this beautiful creation…
“Ivory beaded lace bodice and linen skirt with pink and green jeweled keyhole back.
Also available with Ivory jewels, flowers and sash.
Sapphire sea, an endless blue sky, the scent of sweet flowers drifting on the breeze, and a girl dreaming of her lover. Dutch born Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema painted scenes of languid beauties reminiscent of Roman deities, but his subjects are unmistakably human. Caught in a moment of relaxation or idle daydream…we can almost feel the cool marble and the warm Mediterranean sunlight. Elements of precious embellishment, sun drenched color and effortless luxury set the stage for our modern goddesses.”
Next on our feature is Claire’s “Venus” gown, for brides who don’t want to wear white and try something different! Are you one of those brides? What ideas do you have for the colour you’d like to wear? There’s something very refreshing about a bride not wearing white and feeling herself in her own colours, have a look at “Venus”…
“Seafoam cowl neck velvet gown with iridescent lace and jeweled floral embellishments.” Velvet! What a fantastic material! Warm, shimmering, luxurious, perfect for an autumn wedding! I adore the lace panels and long green bow flowing from the hips of this gown bringing length to the gown and incorporating air and freshness into the design. Just beautiful!
“Deauville” by Claire Pettibone
“Gold embroidery on fine ivory tulle over a sumptuous pearl silk charmeuse wedding dress accented with gold guipure embellished drop waist, shoulders and neckline.” Wow. Just look at this back, shape, material, cut, everything! Ginger Rodgers, watch out! Imagine dancing with your spouse-to-be in this stunning gown, the gold detailing gleaming in the low lighting, the overlay flowing with every step and twirl. Who wouldn’t want to feel a million dollars in this dress?! And if the back entices you, just look at the front!
I officially have wedding dress envy!
Last but not least in our beautiful feature today, as part of the “Windsor Rose Collection” we have the “Haviland” gown. “Ivory cotton and lace with tulle overskirt sheath wedding dress accented with jacquard and pearl trim details.”
The train of this dress is just divine, lightly kissing the floor as you walk down the aisle to wedding bliss! The tiny pearl detailing helps to accent that 1930s style and would look wonderful with a vintage comb or small side headband. Any takers?!
Claire Pettibone’s designs exude class, vintage style and femininity. Staying away from stiff fabrics, the light materials filled with air and movement create a stunning silhouette and are guaranteed to bring out the best in your curves. I adore the detailing, pearls, lace trims, chameuse overlays, so many stories have gone into these designs. These gowns are like no others. Team them with some toe tapping t-bar shoes, a feather/fur shrug, and some gorgeous vintage jewellery for that stunning vintage look that we love here at A Pretty Vintage Affair.
Gorgeous! What did you think of the dresses we featured today? Are there any designers you would like to see us blog about? Have you chosen one of these gowns for your wedding? We’d absolutely love to hear from you!