Category: Highlighted dresses

What was the inspiration for this dress?

I noticed a growing trend for revealing wedding dresses. My dress have a lot of structure and support inside because I want brides of all figure shapes to be able to wear the design they fall in love with. So I wanted to create something that had a low back and front with full support enabling a bride who needs support, but wants the sultry, sexy, slinky, low-cut look, to wear with confidence.
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The model, Charlotte who wore Jagger in our runway show embodied the sexy, fun-loving spirit of this dress perfectly. Here she is wearing it before, on and off stage!
The jaggersHow did it get its name?

We felt like this was a bit of a party girl dress, but still with an immense amount for grace and style, so we names it after a family who instantly came to mind.

Style tip: Big sparkly earrings!

What was the inspiration for this dress?

I wanted to design a beautiful classic and timeless wedding dress, which still had that Ian Stuart touch. I focused on creating a beautifully draped bodice and neckline that would flatter any bride and make her feel sensational.
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Any interesting stories?

For the Runway Rebel collection, I introduced a beautiful new silver colour to my silk satin range specifically for this design. The first women to ever wear it was my friend and longstanding Ian Stuart runway model Tope, which was during our line-review. When she came out of the changing room, we all gasped. The combination of the silver and her skin colour was breath taking! I decided immediately that she would open the show in that dress.

How did it get its name?

I wanted a name that captured the timeless appeal of the gown and which would make a lasting impression. No, it wasn’t name after the Beauty and the Beast character, although he is described on DisneyWiki as kind-hearted, charismatic, yet rebellious, which is an apt fit for the collection! It is actually named after the Lumiere brothers, inventors  of motion picture camera, the Cinematographe. Their invention pioneered an exciting new form of art (and entertainment): cinema, have anything else made such a lasting impression on the world, and allowed us to witness so much beauty?

Style tips:

The bodice is so beautiful and would enhance any figure, I wanted it to appeal to more brides, and give them the choice of wearing it as a mermaid or A-line. It’s worth trying both to see how they each make you feel, you might be surprised by which silhouette you prefer.
I also couldn’t help showing you this behind-the-scenes shot of the mermaid version, it’s such a beautiful still moment!

The story behind my designs can be very interesting, some exceedingly more juicy than others.

I thought I’d start answering the popular questions brides have about their dresses…


What was the inspiration for this dress?

I just fell in love with the laser cut leaves, even I can get bored of looking at lace, but these leaves just caught my eye and immediately got my creative juices flowing.

Any interesting stories?

My original design had an illusion neckline, long sleeves, and no belt. But it just wasn’t working, perhaps (raised eyebrow) I had overdone it with the petals? So I got my shears out and stripped it back. A glorious dior-esque 50’s ball gown emerged from the whirlwind of applique, (picture Edward Scissorhands sculpting ice!) Adding a belt  was the finishing touch to capture the new mood.

How did it get its name?

I felt it needed to be French and sexy, cool but still classic, and embody a powerful feminine essence. So we named it after Vanessa Paradis.

Style tips:

I designed a matching veil for this style, both a long and short, to enhance the impact of those fabulous leaves, so I’d keep it simple with your jewellery, and wear a flower in your hair for the reception when you take your veil off. If you choose a colour, pick this out with a darker shade in your flower.
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If someone would have told me how popular Flowerbomb was going to be when I first designed it, I wouldn’t have believed them, and if they told me that dress would be exhibited at the V&A, I probably would have slapped them for trying to delude me into thinking such a thing was possible. (I equate it as the bridal equivalent of winning the x-factor.)

I don’t shy away from the fact that I love and am inspired by historical costume, theatre, and any type of dress that falls into the category of ‘is it to much?’ (No is always the answer in my mind!)

So, in 2010, when the lacy boho mood dominated bridal fashion, which is obviously not my forte*, (believe me, I’ve made some chiffon disasters in my time!) I worried that my designs wouldn’t appeal to brides any more. Instead of trying to mould myself into something I am not, I thought ‘f**** it’! I’ll make the most outrageous dress with as many decorations on as possible. And the result? One of my best selling and favourite dresses of all time!


Flowerbomb was the star dress of the Revolution Rocks collection, so when it came to planning the photo shoot for it, we needed to find a theme that would complement this theatrical mood. It took about five minutes to decide ‘Marie Antoinette’! I’d longed to do a shoot that embodied that opulence of this ear, and I finally had the perfect dress to do it.

Photo Credit: Leigh Johnson

We took inspiration from the movie where Kirsten Dunst stars as the notorious Queen, creating beautiful scenes that looked like moments in a period film.


A chance meeting between my assistant and a staff member of the V&A (at amateur dramatics!) led to me meeting with Edwina Ehrman, who was curating ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’. I showed her my work, and she immediately wanted Flowerbomb in the exhibition that told the story of the evolution of wedding dress design. article-2617077-1D7AFA4E00000578-342_964x628

I then had to wait for two years, and keep it a secret, until the opening of the exhibition, (and for those who know me, yes, that was difficult, and yes, it probably slipped our after a glass of wine once of twice!) When the night finally came, I really had to pinch myself. I used to go to museums as a fashion student for inspiration, and now I was part of its history, and inspiring others.

And if that wasn’t enough to make me feel proud of myself, Edwina loved the Marie Antoinette photoshoot so much, she included a picture from the campaign in her book.
You can buy her book here.

So Flowerbomb will be on coffee tables and bookshelves long after I put down my pencils!

I’ve been so delighted in seeing so many brides get married in an outrageous dress like Flowerbomb, and had my career highlight because of it. I took a creative risk at the time when I designed it, but it paid off. It restored my confidence in feeling that no matter what trend are hot or not in bridal, there will alsoway be the ‘Ian Stuart-Bride‘, and she wants a show stopping, look at me, diva bitch dress! (A la Daphne Guinness style, not Naomi Campbell diva strop!)

Moral of the store: Amazing things happen when you stay true to who you are!

*For the record: I am not adverse to the lacy, boho look, and I think brides who rock it look gorgeous. I am just more of a flowers, bows and sequins man!