A GUIDE TO VINTAGE LACE WEDDING DRESSES Part 2: the story of modern lace

Dear Reader I didn’t realise how much I love vintage lace until I started sourcing the perfect fabrics for my own collection of vintage inspired wedding dresses. My search took me to specialist ateliers all over the world, where I became completely absorbed in the beauty of the vintage and reproduction lace I saw. On […]

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Vintage Wedding Dresses at the V&A

Dear Reader I was delighted to be invited to a preview of the V&A’s vintage wedding dresses exhibition at the weekend. It’s a great day out with eighty spectacular dresses and some lovely stories about the brides. Kate Moss in fabulous vintage-inspired dress, and designer John Galliano The show starts with some amazing examples of 18th and […]

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Ever heard of Charles James? Wonderful 1950s dresses at the Met, New York.

Dear Reader Charles James was one of the most influential dress designers of the 1940s and 1950s. Yet, surprisingly, he is little known in the UK.  Charles James gowns. Photograph by Cecil Beaton Even though he was British, he is often called ‘the first American couturier’ as he spent most of his career in the […]

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Vintage eyewear, 1950s-style. Funny AND fabulous!

Dear Reader Welcome back from the Easter break. I hope you enjoyed a little time off, a little sunshine, and a lot of chocolate. To brighten our first day back at work, I’d like to share this short and sweet film with you. It’s a fabulous vintage 1950s feature on wearing glasses. Seems those 1950s […]

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Meet my new 1950s-style wedding dress: ‘Dorothy’

Dear Reader Drum roll please…  Meet ‘Dorothy’, the latest in my Heavenly Collection of vintage-inspired wedding dresses…  ‘Dorothy’ 1950s style wedding dress, new to the Heavenly Collection Dorothy is a new version of my 1950s-style Blanche dress. Dorothy features a full length, more A-line skirt to give a softer look.  A really versatile dress, Dorothy […]

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Molly, stunning in a 1960s wedding dress by Priscilla of Boston

Dear Reader Today I’d like to share some pictures from beautiful vintage bride Molly. Molly was married last Summer in a stunning 1960s wedding dress. With its gorgeous lace, elegant high neck and long sleeves, the dress has all the hallmarks and details to suggest it is by renowned American designer Priscilla of Boston. Priscilla […]

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Charlie’s original 1950s lace wedding dress, and a vintage-inspired wedding that’s a real family affair!

Dear Reader, Today I’d like to share some pictures from Charlie, one of my lovely real vintage brides. For her Summer wedding to Liam, Charlie wore a gorgeous 1950s lace vintage wedding dress, with fitted bodice, elegant full-length lace sleeves and scooped neckline. As you can see, she looked fabulous – the dress could have […]

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Hairstyles for 1950s and 1960s vintage wedding dresses

Dear Reader,  I confess I have a special interest in hair: I spent 20 years as a hairdresser specialising in designer fashion shows and fashion shoots. And I always loved creating wedding hairstyles, as it’s an opportunity to do something really special. What an icon! Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, 1961 […]

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Not a vintage wedding dress in sight… but I love this fun guide to tricky fashion names!

Dear Reader I know, I know… I’m supposed to be blogging about all-things-vintage-wedding-fashion. But I loved this new video about how to pronounce awkward designer names. Indulge me this once, I think you’ll enjoy it! Admit it. You loved it too, right? Back to vintage weddding dresses later this week… Love Helena Heavenly Vintage Brides

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Vintage wedding dresses, and vintage-inspired jewellery

Dear Reader You may remember a sneak preview of this photo-shoot from a few weeks ago…? Jeweller Judith Brown recently used some of my vintage wedding dresses to help launch her latest collection of pretty vintage-inspired bridal accessories.  ‘Violette’ 1930s inspired wedding dress from my Heavenly Collection Model wears Heavenly Vintage Brides original 1950s wedding […]

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