This section of Kittenhood is dedicated to handmade wedding dresses. For many of us, it’s the one dress we have made to our exact measurements and our exact taste during a lifetime. And it’s supposed to last a lifetime – at least in our memory. So we got in touch with creative women who wore beautiful handmade dresses on their wedding day – a detail that’s virtually impossible to go unnoticed.
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What do you get when the bride herself is a wedding dress-maker? An absolutely magnificent dress! Puyan is a stage designer and wedding dress-maker, while her husband, Paul, is an illustrator. They got married in France in a beautiful old mansion, and their creativity was visible even in the tiniest of details. Here’s Puyan telling us more about her impressive embroidered dress:
Kittenhood: Did you always know what kind of wedding dress you wanted?
Puyan: No, I knew I would love to do something very special because I’ve been making wedding dresses for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of different styles. But the moment I tried a white dress, I realized I couldn‘t picture myself in a typical bridal gown. I think you have the chance to wear a very special and unique dress on your wedding day – so go for it!
“You have the chance to wear a very special and unique dress on your wedding day – so go for it!”
K: How did you come up with the design for your dress? What inspired you?
P: I am very into old embroidery and traditional stitching. I was also inspired by old oriental craftsmanship, like printed fabrics and carpets – they always tell a whole story!
K: Who made the dress?
P: Me and my maid of honor. She is also a costume designer, and a few years ago we made her dress together.
K: Does the dress define your personal style or did you get out of your comfort zone for the occasion?
P: I felt totally natural and like myself in that dress!
K: What was the one thing you loved most about the dress?
P: That you could look at it for a long time and still discover new embroideries!
K: Was it a surprise for your husband? If so, what was his reaction?
P: Yes, it was a total surprise! But he loved it!
K: Were there any other handmade details in your wedding?
P: I made all the children’s clothes, and we designed the fabrics, too. My husband is an illustrator and he designed the whole papeterie. My father and I build an ice cream bicycle – this was such a highlight! In the end, I think almost everything was handmade!