The Making of a Bespoke Wedding Gown
With a bespoke creation, you’ll be saying “yes” to the dress at first sight
Forget about settling for an ill-fitting wedding gown that took you months to find. With a bespoke creation, you’ll be saying “yes” to the dress at first sight
Finding a wedding dress that is flattering and fitting is trying enough, let alone one that also reflects your style and personality. It is not impossible, however; with time, patience, and luck, you’ll meet the gown of your dreams.
However, time is an almost unheard of luxury among brides-to-be. So why not let an expert create your dream gown and save yourself precious hours browsing boutiques? A bespoke gown will fit you like second skin. The right designers can advise on the most flattering silhouette for your body while ensuring no detail is left out. You are an integral part of the creative process, too—you will work closely with the designer from your first meeting to the final fitting session.
With your vision and the designer’s know-how, you can be assured of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is quintessentially you. Bespoke wedding gown ateliers, Silhouette The Atelier and Rebecca Caroline offer a peek into the meticulous creation process of a bespoke gown.
Established in 1995, Silhouette The Atelier is a familiar name in Singapore’s wedding industry. The atelier’s small but dedicated team of designers, including Minda Gomez (above, centre), design sophisticated bridal gowns using luxurious materials and featuring intricate, fine detailing.
SINGAPORE TATLER WEDDINGS (STW): What is the typical timeline for creating a bespoke gown?
MINDA GOMEZ (MG): During the first session four to six months before the wedding or up to eight months for complicated designs, we usually discuss and confirm the gown design. The first fitting takes place one to two months later. Here, the brideto-be will wear a skeleton of the dress. After this, we start adding the lace and working on the details. There will be three to four fittings. The final fitting is done 10 to 14 days before the wedding.
STW: What kind of prep work should brides-to-be do prior to meeting you?
MG: Come with some photos of the types of gowns you like. This could come in the form of a mood board of sketches, photos or magazine cutouts, or you can show us your Pinterest wedding board. It will give the designers a better idea of your design preferences before they offer more refined recommendations.
STW: What should brides-to-be consider when choosing a gown designer?
MG: It’s important for them to feel comfortable with the designer, and that both parties understand each other, which is why communication and honesty are key—the bride has to be honest about what she expects and what she wants; and the designer has to be clear about what can or cannot be done.
STW: What’s the most common problem that can arise when making a bespoke gown?
MG: Brides-to-be wanting to change the design and even the cutting of the dress after it has been made. To avoid this, we inform clients that once the dress is made, any drastic changes, such as reshaping the silhouette, will incur a fee. If we encounter brides who cannot decide what they want, we would advise them to go for off-the-rack gowns instead of bespoke gowns. That way, they can instantly see how the dress looks on them instead of having to imagine how it might look on them. We’ve also had pregnant brides, which means we would have to work on an extremely tight timeline for the fittings so as to avoid any major alterations closer to the big day.
STW: How do you prepare for and cope with unexpected gown mishaps?
MG: We conduct stringent and thorough checks on the dress before the wedding. That aside, we also brief brides-to-be on the measures they can take in the unlikely event of a mishap. We also offer the option of an additional service where one of our staff follows the bride around on the actual day, functioning as her personal gown assistant.
STW: What are the most requested gown features?
MG: Plunging necklines, backless styles and heavy beading.
STW: Any tips for a smooth gown-making process?
MG: Know what you want, but give the designer space to work on the dress of your dreams.