Monday, March 29, 2010

Inside the wedding dress detail!

When we talk about garments we use the phrase" turn it inside out" or " the good side". Most garments especially ready to wear clothes and dresses are lined in a different material that what we see on the outside. Usually this is done to reduce production costs. Sometimes a less expensive silk is used instead.

Here at Anglo Couture we are proud to say that all our wedding gowns are lined in the same silk materials that is on the outside. I want my brides to feel as good as they look and be super comfortable in their Anglo Couture Gown.

A wedding dress should have a flawless fit and be equaly comfortable.

As an added bonus, using the same silk material as lining gives the wedding gown a more defined shape. I would never compromise design, comfort or fit.

We finish our wedding gowns in such a way that sometimes our clients ask which one is the good side.

I just love it when the bride's say " It feels so good against my skin". It makes my day every time!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wedding gown Color!!

Wedding gowns are almost always assumed to be white. White was associated with purity, back in the day that's why brides wore it. As usual all these wonderful traditions are so strong that they stick with us throughout the years.

When it comes to your wedding gown color nowadays, in my opinion there is no right or wrong color. Silk materials are never really pure white as the natural fibers have a darker undertones. There is also Ivory, champagne and rum pink. . There is different cultures that use bright colors for their wedding gowns. I believe that your wedding day should be the day that your guests, loved ones and family see you exactly as you are. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and feel like your self.

Here at Anglo Couture we offer our silk duchess satin in 26 colors. Sometimes the gown can be made in silk white and be accented by a colored sash or colored details. Just remember this is your day and should accented by whatever color your heart desires.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Wedding and Event Gallery

I wanted to share a little bit of information about The Wedding and Event Gallery located in Clearwater. We are so fortunate to have such a resource library just around the corner. The Wedding and Event Gallery strives to help all event hosts, brides and grooms,by providing information and resources to the finest hospitality and event vendors in the area.
The Wedding and event Gallery has a modern and relaxing atmosphere. Everyone is welcomed during open studio hours and you can also make an appointment for after hours. Service providers are thoroughly researched and and the finest are selected in each category to ensure your event is successful. The wedding and event aspires to be one essential stop for brides and event hosts.
We are very excited that Anglo Couture is part of the wedding and event gallery were we will be hosting some of our trunk shows for the year.
The Gallery is located at 17116 Us 19 North in Clearwater.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What happens at a Trunk Show!!

Due to our upcoming trunk show this weekend, I thought I should share a brief description of what happens when brides attend one of our trunk shows.
To begin, the term trunk show started back when sales people would carried their products in trunks and went from store to store to sell them or even door to door to sell them.
In our industry when we do a trunk show it means that we bring our entire collection in for the brides to view and try on. Although we don't really use trunks anymore the term has stuck with the industry thought the years.
An Anglo Couture trunk show is a great time to find the perfect dress. At our trunk shows we love working with the brides and being a part of their special day. Appointments are recommended as we like to pay special attention to each and every bride.
When the bride and her family or friends arrive, we offer them beverages and chocolate covered strawberries. The room is accented with candles and Calla lilies as they are my favorite. Our dresses our displayed in the rolling rack and our bride can feel and pick out the ones she would like to try. Delighting our clients is our number one priority, therefore we help the bride get changed in each and every dress, focus on her needs and make her feel comfortable. The bride can try on veils and we can create a complete look for her special day.
I feel like finding the perfect dress should be an experience and not just a purchase and that is our ultimate goal at our trunk shows.
Photos by Carrie Wildes Photography

Monday, March 15, 2010

The making of a gown!

What I do is my passion, I love every aspect of it. I'm so lucky to be able to say that, that's why I decided to give you a small glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.
The making of a dress has many steps. First I create an illustration of my vision(sketch). The sketch works like a map for creating the pattern.

Next we start working on the pattern, this is the most important thing. A pattern determines both the appearance and fit of the gown. To determine that the correct look and fit is accomplished, we take the sample pattern to the cutting room. There we cut the pattern out of muslin, and fit it to our models to make sure that the exact look and an impeccable fit has been achieved. After we correct any needed changes we size the pattern according to all the sizes on our size chart.

Next we cut the gown out of the correct materials and our head seamstress puts it together. This is where the real construction begins. Every gown is lined with the same silk material that we use for the out side of the gown. Each gown has an inside layer made out of tricot to ensure minimum stretching and wrinkling. We use boning and acrylic horsehair to make sure the the gown has an impeccable shape and also be extremely comfortable. We focus on having our gowns feel like second skin.We once again fit the finalised gown on our models to ensure that both the fit and look are exactly what we wanted.

After we are satisfied with the final product we complete the gown by adding the final touches. Some gowns have silk buttons and trims that are added at the last minute so that they look beautiful.

Some gowns have 100 pieces that have to be sewn together. A gown can take up to twenty one weeks to be created from scratch.

All of our materials consists of 100% the finest silks. We only use imported french laces and flowers.

So there you have it, that's how we spend our day in the Anglo Couture world.

Photos: Carrie Wildes Photography

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The correct measurements!!!

Everyone asks me why is it so important to take the correct measurements and what's so hard about taking correct measurements.
The correct measurements ensure the correct selection of the size for your wedding gown or any other garment.
Usually the measurements required are: Bust, waist and hip.
At Anglo Couture we ensure that precision measurements are taken to ensure a flawless fit. However when your measurements are taken, you are still just selecting a size from the existing size chart and alterations will be needed. If you would like a custom pattern to be made for you, then there are many more measurements that need to be taken in addition to the three standard ones. For me fit is the most important thing. If it doesn't fit right, it doesn't look right.
Even thought we offer custom patterns, we include fittings with our most experience seamstress to ensure that the fit is flawless.
In many occasions measurements are needed for ordering bridesmaids dresses and other garments. You should have a professional take your measurements instead of trying to do it yourselves. Many shops offer that service for a small fee. Keep in mind that taking your own measurements is very difficult and most of the time inaccurate which results to incorrect size selection and multiple alteration to fit the garment.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Anglo Couture Trunk Show in Orlando

We are very excited to host our Orlando trunk show at the PlanIt! Boutique in Orlando.
Brides-to-be may schedule appointments to view and try on the Anglo Couture 2010 collection.
Each bride will get a personal fitting and styling from Vicky Anglo, the inspiration behind the designs.
Anglo Couture is designed for the avant-garde bride. Each Anglo gown has an impeccable fit and feels like second skin. Anglo Couture uses the finest silks and precision measurements are taken to ensure a flawless fit.

April 9th-11th
PlanIT! Boutique
1215 East Concord street
For more information please visit our website
Space is limited to book your appointment please call 727.526.5800

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wearing your mother's dress!!

I always believe in heirloom things. No matter what they are. There is so much sentimental value to them, and you give such a great honor to the person that they come from.

Wearing your mother's dress sounds so wonderful. Well I would have loved to wear my mother's dress but the orange and brown flowers scattered all over not so much. And don't get me started on the hat. What what she thinking?? She told me, "that was the style back then and I felt beautiful". I get it it was 1976.
I wish I had come up with this idea when I was getting married. Instead of wearing a dress that is probably not current in style, doesn't fit or might be slightly damaged, you can just incorporate elements from it in your new gown. You can use beads,lace,broaches and any element you like from her dress to yours. Not only on your gown but your veil, your bouquet, little hair pieces for your flower girls and also on the ring pillow. Also keep in mind, that covers your something old.

So ladies take your mom's dress out of the box and create a heirloom that can be passed from generation to generation.

Photo: my parents wedding day