FIT FOR A QUEEN

MANY WOMEN EA­GERLY AN­TIC­I­PATE WALK­ING DOWN THE AISLE IN A BEAU­TI­FUL GOWN, SHOW­ING THE WORLD THAT THEY’RE OFF THE MAR­KET AND ON THE WAY TO SPEND­ING LIFE WITH THEIR OTHER HALVES. VASENTA SELVANAYAGAM DIS­COV­ERS HOW CHIARA FER­RAGNI’S BE­SPOKE DIOR GOWNS EM­BODY

Female (Malaysia) - - EXCLUSIVE - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY DAVID BASTIANONI, JO­HAN SAND­BERG AND SO­PHIE CARRE FOR DIOR

I’d do any­thing for love, ex­cept love my­self less. – Chiara Fer­ragni

It al­most felt like we were watch­ing a mod­ern-day fairy­tale when Chiara’s wed­ding pho­tos showed up on our so­cial me­dia feed on 1st Septem­ber. Be­sides the beau­ti­ful gar­den set-up of the cer­e­mony and the mag­i­cal dis­play of fire­works that the cou­ple had at the wed­ding, the one thing that we couldn’t get off our minds were the dresses that Chiara showed up in. In­spired by the crafts of Italy, the dress worn at the cer­e­mony was made up of a cro­cheted lace romper and an A-line skirt that opens in front, which was hand-pleated us­ing 32 pieces of tulle. In to­tal, 400 me­tres of fabric were used to com­plete the gown, a mas­ter­piece that took 1,600 hours to com­plete. To go along with the gowns, Chiara wore a spe­cial edi­tion light nude J’adior kit­ten heels that were made from gros­grain. The back of the shoes was per­son­alised with the words ‘J’adior Chiara’ in black di­a­monds on an­tique-gold me­tal.

On the other hand, the evening gown was em­broi­dered with mo­tifs and words that nar­rated the story of the cou­ple’s his­tory – in­clud­ing the cities they’ve lived to­gether in, lyrics from the song that her hus­band, Fed­erico Leonardo Lu­cia aka Fedez, sang to her as well a lion that sym­bol­ised their son, Leone, who means the world to them. Just like her first pair of shoes, Chiara’s sec­ond pair was em­broi­dered bal­leri­nas that were made from gros­grain too, giv­ing it that vin­tage touch to com­plete her look. More­over, it was spe­cially de­signed to have a low heel so that Chiara could dance com­fort­ably in them and en­joy the rest of the evening. No doubt she did look like a princess in both her dresses, but beyond that, Chiara’s per­son­al­ity pre­vailed through her out­fits. As she walked down the aisle and danced away with Fedez at the re­cep­tion, it was clear that Chiara meant what she said in the quote above. The way she car­ried her­self el­e­gantly in both out­fits also re­vealed that noth­ing was go­ing to let this won­der woman stray away from the love she had for her­self, Fedez, Leone, her fam­ily, her ca­reer and even her fans. As she once men­tioned, “I’d do any­thing for love, ex­cept love my­self less. Al­ways re­mem­ber you’re spe­cial and you al­ways have to make your­self proud be­fore pleas­ing oth­ers.”

Love is amaz­ing and pow­er­ful. Life re­volves around love. There is no rea­son to not love the peo­ple around you, and your life is 100 per cent even if noth­ing is al­ways per­fect. – Chiara Fer­ragni

WHAT WENT ON BE­HIND THE SCENES

While you might be won­der­ing what went through Chiara’s mind when she was plan­ning her wed­ding es­pe­cially when it came to the de­sign of her gowns, the multi-ta­lented in­flu­encer/ fash­ion de­signer re­veals the joy she had through­out the process and what made her de­cide to work with Dior’s Creative Di­rec­tor, Maria Grazia Chi­uri in this ex­clu­sive in­ter­view.

FE­MALE: What was the ini­tial vi­sion you had for your two cus­tom-made haute cou­ture gowns, and how did you col­lab­o­rate with Maria?

Chiara: “At the be­gin­ning I didn’t want a tra­di­tional wed­ding dress; I felt like I wanted more of an evening dress, specif­i­cally one that I loved from Maria’s first col­lec­tion for Dior. But af­ter I met Maria, she re­alised that we could come up with a mod­ern yet classical wed­ding dress with­out los­ing my con­tem­po­rary iden­tity, and fus­ing the fact I am a young Ital­ian woman get­ting mar­ried in Si­cily.” F: Why did you want Maria and the house of Dior to de­sign your wed­ding dress and ball gown? C: “Maria is a won­der­ful de­signer. I have ad­mired and worn her cre­ations for Dior since her first col­lec­tion for the House. As women, I feel like we have a great bond. We are women at dif­fer­ent stages of our work­ing and per­sonal lives, but we both share the same val­ues and pas­sion to em­power young girls. We’ve been sup­port­ing each other for a while now and we were both very ex­cited when we met the first time. Dior is the most iconic, time­less cou­ture house in the his­tory of fash­ion. It is a sym­bol of French cul­ture, hand­craft and lux­ury... ev­ery­thing that I, as a woman, can dream of.”

F: What was the ex­pe­ri­ence like work­ing with Maria to bring your ideas to life?

C: “Maria and I had to meet sev­eral times to de­cide on the style of the dress, the ma­te­rial and then for the var­i­ous fit­tings. The first meet­ing was just the two of us, but each time some­body new was added as it had taken a whole team of peo­ple to pro­duce my wed­ding and ball dress! It makes the ex­pe­ri­ence an even more in­valu­able one when you meet the pe­tites mains who will be work­ing on your dress for days. I was amazed to dis­cover how long it takes for the em­broi­dery and how many times the cou­ture ate­lier had to re­make the skirt just to get the right shade of white.”

F: Did you have a vi­sion of how you wanted to look in the dress as you walked down the aisle? C: “I wanted it to be sim­ple but time­less, ro­man­tic and fem­i­nine at the same time.”

F: How did you feel when you saw the dress for the first time?

C: “I was ex­tremely ex­cited! It was a very spe­cial mo­ment, and each time I went in for the fit­ting, it felt spe­cial be­cause there had been changes. I cried like a small child.”

F: Which de­tails of your wed­ding dress and the ball gown match your per­son­al­ity the most?

C: “The fo­cal point of the wed­ding dress is the corset. The ball gown is more dar­ing and it’s a sym­bol of Fedez and my love story.”

F: If you could have three hash­tags for each gown, what would they be and why?

C: “For the wed­ding dress I’d say #time­less, be­cause it’s go­ing to be a mem­o­rable day; #iconic, be­cause it will be a cel­e­bra­tion of love and it will feel spe­cial to have all my fam­ily and friends re­united for our wed­ding; and #pre­cious, be­cause I know all the work that has gone into the mak­ing of the dress. For the ball gown I’d say #youth­ful, be­cause even if we are mak­ing a big de­ci­sion, Fedez and I feel very young in­side; #dar­ing, be­cause it plays with ideas of trans­parency and is al­most like my own skin colour; and #fun, be­cause I’m go­ing to wear it dur­ing the party!”

F: Did you take charge of the whole process of or­gan­is­ing the wed­ding? Which are the most im­por­tant de­tails?

C: “Not at all; I sought the help of the wed­ding plan­ner who had or­gan­ised my 30th birth­day party, which was a highly mem­o­rable week­end that ended up with Fedez propos­ing dur­ing his con­cert in the Arena di Verona. Or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding is much more com­pli­cated than I ex­pected it to be, with all the de­tails that I need to think of ! The most im­por­tant thing for me was to en­sure that my guests would have a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy the mo­ment with us.”

F: When you started blog­ging al­most a decade ago, did you ever imag­ine hav­ing such a close re­la­tion­ship with a cou­ture house as iconic as Dior?

C: “I had so many dreams, and this was def­i­nitely one of them!” F: You started out as a blog­ger, then be­came a world-renowned in­flu­encer, and are now the CEO of your own com­pany.

Can you tell us more about your evo­lu­tion over the years into a busi­ness­woman, es­pe­cially at such a young age?

C: “It’s been a long process and I’ve chan­nelled all my en­ergy and time into achiev­ing these re­sults. I’ve al­ways been a very fo­cused per­son and when I started this ca­reer in 2009, I was guided by my pas­sion for fash­ion, travel and pho­tog­ra­phy. I was lucky enough to make a liv­ing out of it. It means that I work ev­ery sin­gle day and that I have no days off, but it also means that I get to have the job of my dreams be­cause I get the chance to meet in­cred­i­bly ta­lented pho­tog­ra­phers, jour­nal­ists, edi­tors and artists, I travel the world and I can share it with my fol­low­ers who are my great­est sup­port­ers. When I de­cided to be­come the CEO of my own com­pany, it was an im­por­tant de­ci­sion and re­spon­si­bil­ity, but I am happy I did so be­cause it has made me even more aware of what it means to be the head of a busi­ness. It re­ally takes up a lot of time that I had pre­vi­ously spent on my­self, but I love all the en­ergy that I’m now get­ting from my team and my fol­low­ers. I love this jour­ney and I can’t wait to see what will hap­pen next!”

CHIARA’S WED­DING DRESS – A FU­SION OF TRA­DI­TION AND CON­TEM­PO­RARY STYLE – WAS SPE­CIALLY DE­SIGNED BY DIOR’S CREATIVE DI­REC­TOR, MARIA GRAZIA CHI­URI, US­ING MORE THAN 400 ME­TRES OF FABRIC

THIS EVENING GOWN NAR­RATED THE LOVE STORY OF CHIARA AND FEDEZ, AND WAS IN­SPIRED BY THE SONG FAVORISCA I SENTIMENTI

MARIA WAS THE MAS­TER­MIND WHO CON­VINCED CHIARA TO HAVE TWO GOWNS FOR HER WED­DING

IT TOOK DIOR’S AR­TI­SANS 1,600 HOURS TO COM­PLETE THIS GOWN THE DE­SIGN OF CHIARA’S J’ADIOR KIT­TEN-HEELS NEEDED 430,000 STITCHES IN TO­TAL!

CHIARA WENT FOR MUL­TI­PLE FIT­TINGS AC­COM­PA­NIED BY HER SIS­TERS, VALENTINA AND FRANCESCA, AND MUM, MA­RINA DI GUARDO, BE­FORE HER BIG DAY

THE PAINT­ING OF THE DRESS THAT CHIARA RE­CEIVED FROM DIOR

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