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  • The True Story of Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress

    When Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married in November of 1947, the wedding served as an escape from post-WWII austerity in the UK.

    Two years after the war was over, the British government was still recovering from the Blitz and rationing was in effect for everyone, even the royal family; the future Queen saved up clothing coupons to purchase her wedding dress.

    She was granted 200 extra ration coupons for the celebration, but admirers of the young royal thought that wasn't enough, and quickly sent her theirs through the mail. Each one was returned with a note, as it was illegal to transfer them, and the princess made her post-War budget work.

    Elizabeth was something of a last-minute bride by modern standards. The design of her dress, a stunning gown made from ivory silk and decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, was approved only three months before the wedding. Couturier Norman Hartnell wanted it to be “the most beautiful dress I had so far made."

    And it was beautiful. The dress was made silk from China (as opposed to Japan or Italy, given it was still so soon after the war) and its 15-foot train was inspired by Bottielli's painting of Primavera from 1482, and covered in delicate floral designs including"jasmine, smilax, seringa, and rose-like blossoms."

    According to the Royal Collection Trust, it was meant to symbolize "rebirth and growth" in Britain after the war.

    In total, the gown took 350 women seven weeks to make. "I had forgotten how beautiful it was, with that exquisite train—and how small the Princess was," Betty Foster, who worked on the dress told the Telegraph after looking at the gown on display at Buckingham Palace ins 2007.

    "On my way home from the wedding celebration, I remember everyone on the train was talking about the dress and I felt so proud to have worked on it."

    On the big day, the queen paired the dress with embellished satin heels made by Edward Rayne. Her crown, which held in place a silk tulle veil, had broken as she was getting ready for the ceremony; a royal jeweler was brought in straight away to make the repairs.

    "With her bridal dress and tiara on her wedding day, she was a knockout," her bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, told People.

    “And, of course, Philip was every girl’s dream Viking prince.”Read more at:wedding dresses melbourne | SheinDressAU

  • Joey Samson’s journey in fashion

    While concepts of the “traditional” and “contemporary” are often found in opposing poles of the fashion spectrum, Filipino designer Joey Samson’s “PilgrimAge” believes they can meet halfway.

    The ingenious and breathtaking results of doing so took to the runway of the 9th Red Charity Gala—the highly anticipated fashion-for-a-cause—where Samson was the featured designer.

    The collection, dubbed “PilgrimAge,” saw Samson’s inspirations from a religious pilgrimage he took some months ago as he incorporated old world glamour, romanticism, modern silhouettes and intricate details.

    Glam is back

    “This collection would be a balancing act; It will run the gamut from tradition to something a bit outré, remixing looks and reshuffling garment elements,” Samson described his collection days before the show.

    And based on the oohs and aahs from Manila’s fashionistas at Shangri-La The Fort’s Grand Ballroom, PilgrimAge did not disappoint. From Samson’s vision of a cathedral-backdrop for the runway to the enchanting Gregorian chant, the 49-piece fashion presentation was remarkable.

    Samson transported his audience to decades past with chainmail dresses, flute skirts and parkas. Elements of the Flapper age and the Gibson girls also took fun to the runway.

    “I want the clothes to be a revival of old wardrobe favorites, as if relics of a long passage, at the same time, something with a sense of familiarity with a contemporary feel transitioning from conventional, street to ceremonial,” Samson further shared explaining his unique looks.

    It also worth noting that while Samson made a name for his androgynous and gender fluid aesthetics, PilgrimAge showed his work in a different light with his use of ultra feminine silhouettes.

    His use of of bright colors and mixed textures heightened the element of surprise all the more as compared to his darker palettes and minimalist takes in the past.

    Personal journey

    As each of his carefully chosen and styled PilgrimAge models slayed the runway, what was left to see was a triumphant Joey Samson amid the deafening applause.

    The gala truly suceeded in presenting not just his latest collection but his 14-year evolution as a fashion designer. He showed how going against the norms—even those he established for himself—and keeping the best of the past can and will result in something new and beautiful.

    With PilgrimAge, there can be no doubt that Joey Samson deserved to be the honoree of yet another memorable 2017 Red Charity Gala. His vision and journey have earned him a rightful place in the league of world-renowned Filipino designers honored in previous years, namely Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, his mentor Lloren, Lesley Mobo, and Chito Vijandre.

    Bravo Joey Samson, and may you continue to find inspiration in your future journeys.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses melbourne | SheinDressAU

  • Step-by-step guide to saving for your dream wedding

    “Getting married is a dream come true for many people, but it can be a costly affair if not properly planned. Most couples want and dream of that perfect wedding but sometimes weddings come in at a high cost, which can create a huge hole in your pocket,” says Ester Ochse, FNB Product Specialist.

    Ochse says having a working budget will help you plan for these events. She suggests 10 steps that will help you save for your wedding:

    Step 1: Draw up your Budget

    A budget template is your blueprint to managing your expenses and enhancing your financial well-being. Create a budget template that takes into account your daily grocery and home expenses, rent, bonds, health, entertainment and investments. This will give you an overview of where you are financially and where you need to cut down.

    Step 2: Refine your guest List

    Family is everything but we also need to look at cutting numbers down which will help reduce your wedding costs. Your wedding should be shared with the people you love and care for the most. So ensure that your guest list is manageable on both sides of the family.

    Step 3: Look for affordable venues

    We have exquisite venues in South Africa and many of them are affordable. Once you decide on your wedding date, book your venue immediately. Consider holding your wedding ceremony at home or outdoors (dependent on the weather). You will be surprised at how your home space can add to the tranquillity of your big day.

    Step 4: Lower catering costs

    Get help with your catering from your family or friends, or even look at hosting your wedding at a small quaint family restaurant. Food alone is a costly affair, but if you get the right caterer or restaurant, you can save on food costs and also unnecessary wastage.

    Step 5: DIY your invites and decor

    You can get an array of décor and invite ideas with the help of social media websites like Pinterest and Facebook. These sites not only give you tips on décor for the wedding but also provide practical hands on advice on how to be creative and innovative.

    Step 6: Wedding dresses

    You can get a fancy wedding dress if you saved well in advance and have the extra cash on hand. Sometimes brides spend quite a bit on their dresses only to sell them after the wedding at a fraction of the original cost. Couples explore all their options and consider renting the wedding dress instead of having them professionally made.

    Step 7: Get your family or friend to DJ/MC

    Hiring a professional DJ is great, but also costly, especially if you anticipate a relatively small number of guests. The other option is to get a friend or family member who is up to the task and for entertainment, there are various apps that allow you to become your own DJ. These apps give you the option of adding music and mixing them on the spot which is amazing. All you need is a laptop or iPad, music, speaker and you set you go. In addition, a Karaoke machine will add much vibe, humour and fun to your special day.

    Step 8: Wedding planner

    Wedding planners are a good to have, but planning your wedding on your own could be a memory that you live with forever. Wedding planners also come in at a price, so should you want one, you must ensure that you cater for this in your budget.

    Step 9: Photographer

    Today’s smartphones and apps allow you to become instant photographers. Create a website or rather a Facebook/Instagram page and encourage your guests to post the pics they shot at your wedding. You can download these for your wedding album.

    Step 10: Honeymoon

    Look at specials and compare prices before booking your honeymoon. Besides, international destinations look at local places in South Africa as well. If too costly, postpone your honeymoon to off-peak season when prices have been reduced.

    “In any given situation it’s important to understand the difference between needs, wants and responsibilities. This will help you understand how to better manage your money. Follow the 10 steps to save for your wedding to ensure that you don’t over burden yourself financially when it comes to planning your or a family members wedding,” concludes Ochse.Read more at:plus size wedding dresses | short wedding dresses