2017. Ebay dress rescue on a budget. The dress arrived with burgundy and cheap rhinestone accents. Bryn's main wedding color was ice blue, this dress needed some redesign. An unexpected challenge was the original sash stained parts of the dress pink. I needed to convert the colors to coordinate with the wedding while still covering anywhere stained pink. I created a new sash with satin and a Canadian smocking technique that creates a braided look. The dress required tailoring and I made a matching satin tie for the the corset back. Her top hat was another internet purchase from a Halloween supply site, I transformed it to match the dress and elevate its look.
Brides Magazine hosted several years of a bridal design competition, advertised through their website & magazine pages. They had an open call for upcoming bridal designers to submit sketches of designs inspired by the prompt "Artful Romance." My dress is inspired by the art of weaving. I loved the imagery of weaving two parallel lives together the way a marriage does.
They selected 25 sketches from 25 designers, giving us 30 days to make our sketches a reality and submit professional photos of our work. Brides Magazine hosted these online for public voting. The top 5 designs by voting were flown to New York to appear on Good Morning America to announce the winner.
Though I did not win the grand prize for the contest, I leaned into the experience as an opportunity to put forth my best work and meet industry experts. Touring the Brides Magazine headquarters at Conde Nast, eating lunch with the editors, and being published in the magazine was an unforgettable experience.
Model: Ashley Marcu Photographer: David Bryan
Contest Entry Sketch
This is the sketch that qualified me for the contest, selected from hundreds of submissions by the editors of Brides Magazine.
Good Morning America
All the semi-finalists with our designs on models immediately after filming our morning spot, revealing Nandi Fernandez as the winner of the competition on ABC.