Disney Fairytale Wedding Dresses – Alfred Angelo on Wedding TV

Tiana

Disney Fairytale Dresses, a 2011 bridal collection from Alfred Angelo, has a catwalk special show dedicated to it on Wedding TV.

The show explains it as a partnership between Alfred Angelo and Disney and is presented by Richard Lill, the Alfred Angelo UK Sales Manager, and Carla Bowden, Disney Europe Fashion and Home Senior Manager.

Each wedding dress is based on a Disney princess – Jasmine, Tiana, Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White.

And each of the pieces comes with a quote from Disney such as for Belle ‘the heart like a rose blossoms when loved’.

Richard Lill describes the collection as ‘couture pieces without couture prices’ costing as they do between £599 and £1199.

Aurora

Each piece is presented in turn upon clothes dummies with the Disney Princess herself picture framed on the wall behind.

All are very beautiful and it would be churlish to single anyone out. But if I must – and I must! – then my favourites are Jasmine (satin with pearl and crystal beading plus rhinestones), Tiana (one shoulder taffeta ballgown with various embellishments), Ariel (lace and taffeta with pearl and crystal beading) and Snow White (satin and lace with crystal and rhinestone beading) – well that is more than half the collection – but I can’t choose between those four!

The collection is also available to view on the Alfred Angelo website where also each of the dresses can be Facebook liked – based on that the Cinderella dress is currently the most popular. These dresses come in a range of sizes from 34W all the way down to 6.

The designer for this collection is Alfred Angelo’s head designer Michael Shettel.

Cinderella

Cinderella

The Wedding TV program is almost unavoidably an advert for the collection – but even if you are not planning to tie the knot it allows you to window-shop the collection to your hearts content.

Danish Wedding Dress Designer Britta Kjerkegaard

Britta KjerkegaardBritta Kjerkegaard featured in Episode 4 of Series 4 of Wedding TV’s Wedding Designers series. This was the second Danish Wedding Designer they featured following their debut show from the second series on Isabell Kristensen which I previously posted on.

Phillip Treacy has been in the news recently following his singular hat creation for Princess Beatrice worn at her cousin William’s marriage to Kate Middleton. Britta Kjerkegaard before turning her tailoring hands to wedding dresses worked for Philip Treacy.

As part of Britta’s wedding dress design she also has her own website and London boutique The Couture Gallery. Her website announces this boutique is closed until June 1st because Britta herself is getting married – will she be designing her own dress is the obvious question!

In addition to Bridal Wear she designs Evening Dress.

At work in her Boutique

Her design philosophy in her own words ‘in a world largely dominated by fashion fads and mass production it is very important to me creating something that is unique and of timeless elegance’.

The show traces the evolution of her works – from their inception in 2003 when she began from her living room mainly designing evening wear before realizing she preferred bridal wear and renting a studio and then setting up and establishing her current London boutique.

The collection discussed in the show is based on corset gowns – in her words ‘built in corsets for a perfect hour-glass figure’. A floral motif runs through them, all of which employ silk materials.

She might be best known to British audiences to Bride Magazine where her pieces are often featured.

If you are not familiar with Britta Kjerkegaard this show provides an enlightening introduction. And if you are familiar with her this show is an enjoyable profile of her and her work.

Her favourite creation

Isabell Kristensen – the Danish Couturier on Wedding TV

Wedding TV recently re-broadcast the first episode from their 2009 second series of The Wedding Designers dedicated to Danish Couturier Isabell Kristensen. And incidentally ever available on their website.

Not solely a wedding dress designer, much of the program saw the Scandinavian socialite discussing her couturier career to date and her favourite collections and pieces along the way.

From her collection

From her collection

Isabell Kristensen favoured bling is Swarovski Crystals – one dress she designed required two-and-a-half months of a dress-maker stitching them into it – rather like Damien Hirst and his £50 million Diamond-encrusted Skull this is the Marie Antoinette Let them Eat Cake end of the decadence scale! Her motto is ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’ and which aspiration definitely infuses her works. Austerity for Isabell is cutting back on the number of Swarovski crystals in one of her gowns!

She has designed for Shania Twain, Nicole Kidman and fellow country-woman Helena Christensen, among other illustrious clients.

She also designed Katie Price’s wedding dress – or rather a wedding dress for one of Katie Price’s weddings! The first one to – you know – let’s not give him any more column inches!

Wearing her own

A bling creation – described by The Trusted Beauty Guide as a ‘fairy-tale wedding dress’ – not sure which of Hans Christian Andersen’s (and the third Dane to get a mention in this post!) fairy-tales describes their subsequent doomed marriage – perhaps more Grimm! – but certainly the dress itself was in the spirit of both Kristensen and Price – attention seeking to its last stitch. At $30K it was quite traditionally constructed but in her favourite colour of pink and strewn with crystals – even the veil!

But for all the attention this dress received – 75 pages in OK magazine alone! – she could not bring herself to say Katie’s name referring to her only as ‘The Client’!

They’ve cropped her hat!

She is not the most prolific of couturiers. Her website showcases her work and her last listed collection was 2003! Her website too includes a lot of photos out and about in Monaco with her glamorous friends or sporting fabulous hats at Ascot – I would have liked to have seen these photographs in higher resolution – not for the company she is keeping but for a better look of her fabulous gowns and hats.

I guess this is the professional life of a wealthy socialite designer – they have the luxury of being able to produce collections and pieces as and when they feel like rather than as the fashion-catwalk-come-treadmill schedules demand.

I look forward though her next collection – even if I may have to wait until 2020!

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