Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Dior and I, a fashionable trip to the cinema.

Last night I had the pleasure of a cinema date with the lovely Fi from Fiona Heather. I had been desperate to see "Dior and I" since reading about it a couple of months ago and when I saw it was on at the Cameo this week the tickets were booked immediately.

The documentary started filming as a new chapter in Dior history begins with Raf Simons taking over as creative director and producing not only his first couture collection for Dior but his first ever couture collection. Oh yeah, and he only had 8 weeks to design and have the collection produced in the Dior ateliers, nae hass! The film was not only a fascinating insight into how Simons worked as a designer and how the Dior ateliers created these breathtaking pieces of fashion, it was also a very human story of someone starting a new job with a ridiculous amount of pressure and attention on them. Despite this pressure Simons comes across as an utterly charming and funny man, who is completely dedicated to creating a modern couture collection which ends up being a complete labour of love for him. When he starts tearing up as the first girls step out on to the catwalk, I definitely had something in my eye too.

I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend anyone with even the slightest interest in fashion to go and see it (Also if you love flowers go see it, the show set is ridiculous!). I have loved looking back over the images of the collection this morning after seeing a little bit of how they were created, they seem even more beautiful. For me seeing how a couture collection, in one of the most iconic fashion houses, was created was just mesmerising and also made me long for a team of amazing pattern cutters and seamstresses to turn my drawings into 3D creations. Somehow, I think I will be my own atelier for a little longer! 

Right better get sewing.

Rowan x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Rowanjoy Winter Brides - Jennifer, Sue and Jackie

I have been very bad at keeping up to date with the blog recently (its always the same new years resolution that never gets kept, blog more regularly) And I just realised I have some gorgeous brides from the end of last year who I havent written about so thought i would do a post of them all together.

Sue got married in November last year and had chosen to have a completely bespoke dress. The main feature of the dress was the fabulous, full organza skirt with beaded lace peplum. The lace continued up into the fitted bodice which had a boatneck front with keyhole detail at the back. Sue's dress was so much fun to make, going for a bespoke dress is always a step into the unknown for a bride as they never truly see how their dress is going to look until about half way through the process, but Sue completely embraced this and loved seeing how her dress developed. She looks absolutely beautiful in her dress and so happy on her wedding day.

Images www.archibaldphotography.co.uk

Jennifer chose for her dress one of the made to measure styles from the collection, the Grace. She absolutely loved the style as it was so we made no changes to the design. The style really suited Jennifer's figure with the diagonal lines created by the seams complementing her height. I love the gorgeous red lipstick colour Jennifer chose and it really complements the vintage style of the dress, she looks gorgeous on a chilly Glasgow afternoon!


Jackie was my final bride of 2014 and travelled up from Newcastle to get her dress. She chose the Lucille style from the made to measure collection and as soon as she told me she wanted some colour on the dress (a gorgeous plum lace) I couldnt wait to get started. We kept the shape of the dress the same as the original but changed the sleeve to an elbow length style and added a panel of the plum lace across the V. I absolutely love the addition of colour on Jackie's dress and am always up for some colour for wedding dresses (I got in married in green myself)and love how it ties in with her bridesmaids. 

Images www.stevenlandlesweddings.com 

Rowan x