What experiences have helped guide your designs? And in turn, help you through the process of designing your first bridal collection?
Once I started putting the bridal gown collection together, I kept asking myself this question, “how can I make wedding gowns as classic and versatile as my ready to wear collection?” and that lead me to create the 2-piece wedding idea based around the core of Camilyn Beth, classic cocktail dresses that you can wear over and over again.
How many gowns are in the collection and what makes them all different? Well just to start I created 3 cocktail dress bodies and one skirt that can be worn over top. But after reciting an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, I will be adding more skirt and cocktail dress options. (Hint: tulle & sequins)
Tell us about the fabrics. The fabrics I’m using is our standing stretch poly crepe for the body and Satin D’Hauteur for the overskirt. I always believe a dress should be as beautiful on the inside as it is the outside (just like our customers) so the dresses are always fully lined.
Describe the bride you’re designing for? I’m designing for the bride who ultimately wants a dress that is classic and feminine with subtle details that make the gown unique. I want our brides to feel like themselves, just more dressed up 🙂
You’ve described your wedding gowns as ‘classic dresses with statement skirts.’ They are the perfect reflection of what I see Camilyn Beth pieces as — classic designs, with a modern touch. Where do you find the inspiration for those pieces and maintaining that balance? When it comes to wedding gowns I draw inspiration from royal & presidential icons from Jackie Kennedy to Megan Markle. Mixing the two styles balances the old with the new.
What advice do you have for brides buying gowns for their wedding? Make sure that you are choosing a style that is true to your personal style. Another creative and sentimental element to think about is how to incorporate a special family heirloom. For example, on one bride’s gown we are lining the sleeves with fabric from a wedding gown passed down her family from the 30’s. Another bride, we are lining the pockets with fabric from her first date (which happens to be a Camilyn Beth cocktail dress). I just love adding these little details, it actually makes me teary eyed!
Now that you are designing wedding gowns… I have to know — who designed your wedding gown and what was the style? I made my wedding gown! It was before I started Camilyn Beth. It was a fitting lace gown with small train.
As far as new designs for Camilyn Beth, what’s next? More options in bridal gowns!
Are there any other new and exciting things happening in Camilyn Beth’s future? Always new things in the works! We are adding more casual dresses to our ready-to wear line in the summer that have been very well received at markets.My favorite part of the business is designing so there are always new things in the works!