CARO­LINE TAN & RE­BECCA YU

Founders/de­sign­ers, Re­becca Caro­line

Singapore Tatler Wedding - - THE MAKING OF -

Grad­u­ates of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Raf­fles Col­lege of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Re­becca Yu and Caro­line Tan spent a decade work­ing to­gether in the wed­ding in­dus­try be­fore join­ing forces to launch their epony­mous la­bel in 2016. The tal­ented duo share a com­mon de­sign phi­los­o­phy, pro­duc­ing time­less cou­ture cre­ations that fea­ture hand-sewn lace ap­pliqué and elab­o­rate bead­ing.

STW: What prep work should brides do be­fore meet­ing you?

RE­BECCA CARO­LINE (RC): The ini­tial meet­ing in­volves heavy in­put from the bride. You should do sim­ple re­search on the wed­ding theme and venue, and have an idea of the sil­hou­ette and style of dress you want. Al­ter­na­tively, we can guide you and help to per­son­alise a per­fect look for you.

STW: What de­ci­sions are bet­ter made by the de­signer, and con­versely, what de­ci­sions are bet­ter made by the bride-to-be?

RC: When it comes to the cut­ting of the dress, it’s best to trust the de­signer as we know what cut will flat­ter the bride’s fig­ure. But where the colour is con­cerned, the bride-to-be would know the colour that best com­ple­ments her skin tone, plus she may want one that matches her wed­ding colour theme.

STW: Are there cer­tain in­tri­ca­cies a bride-to-be may not know about?

RC: Brides with a fuller body should avoid fab­rics that can cling to the body, like silk satin. Thicker fab­rics or lace will help cam­ou­flage prob­lem ar­eas. To dis­tract from the area, we can also place lace em­broi­dery or beads to ac­cen­tu­ate parts of the body the bride wishes to flaunt.

STW: How can brides-to-be choose the right de­signer for their be­spoke gown?

RC: Choose a de­signer who un­der­stands what you are look­ing for and is able to ac­tu­alise your vi­sion and ideas in their cre­ation. The right de­signer cer­tainly would not add stress to the bride-to-be!

STW: What hap­pens af­ter the gown de­sign is fi­nalised?

RC: We then do our own re­search and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion. We’ll drape onto a man­nequin the var­i­ous fab­rics to be used in the dress as well as map out the place­ment of any de­tail­ing such as lace and sam­ple bead­ings. We will show this sim­ple mockup to the bride on her next visit to give her a bet­ter vis­ual idea of the fi­nal out­come. Dur­ing this stage, we also dis­cuss de­tails such as the type of neck­line and length of train.

STW: What should the bride bring to the fit­ting ses­sion, and should she wear her hair in a style sim­i­lar to that for her ac­tual wed­ding day?

RC: Shoes are im­por­tant as we will need to al­ter the length of the gown ac­cord­ing to the height of the shoes that will be worn on the wed­ding day. We wouldn’t want the bride to lift the gown each time she walks! They can wear their ac­tual wed­ding day hairstyle dur­ing one of the last fit­ting ses­sions to see if the over­all look is com­ple­men­tary.

STW: How do you han­dle brides who want a say in the en­tire cre­ation process, from ma­te­rial se­lec­tion to colour match­ing?

RC: It’s good that brides know what they want. It will make it easier for us to achieve their de­sired gown if they are up­front with us about their likes and dis­likes. Of course, if their choice is re­ally not suit­able for them, we will sug­gest al­ter­na­tives. For in­stance, if a bride in­sists on hav­ing her dress de­signed in a way we know would look un­flat­ter­ing on her, we would have her try two ready pieces— one close to the de­sign she in­sists on hav­ing and the other be­ing the one we think would fit her bet­ter. This way, she’ll get a bet­ter idea of what suits her.

STW: Is in­sur­ance nec­es­sary for be­spoke gowns?

RC: No, un­less you are planning to have an over­seas wed­ding and need to in­sure the dress against loss and dam­age.

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