AS THE V&A CELEBRATES OVER 70 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN DIOR

AS THE V&A CELEBRATES OVER 70 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN DIOR with a sumptuous exhibition, the Fall 2019 bridal shows were awash with gowns giving an evolved, subtle nod to the enduring silhouettes and romantic embellishments associated with the label since its creation. From Mr Dior’s ‘flower petal’ skirts and corseted bodices of the 1947 ‘New Look’ to John Galliano’s theatrical, lavish ballgowns and the delicate embroidery and soft colours by Maria Grazia Chiuri in the present day, the iconic fashion house continues to inspire and influence. Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams opens on 2nd February 2019. Tickets £20-£24, vam.ac.uk

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Victoria Sanders With a 10-year career in fashion (latterly at Matthew Williamson, where she helped create this gown for Rosanna Falconer, left), Victoria islaunching the first collection for her own label with 11 intricate pieces featuring her exquisite embroidery. £3,500-£12,000; bespoke commissionsfrom £5,000. victoriasandersstudio.com

Our new bridal obsession? Opulent yet delicate embellishmentsinspired by nature. Curling gold vines, watercolour sweet peas, tiny bejewelled birds and insects and mother-of-pearl petals… it’s flora and fauna meetsthe crown jewels.

SOPHIE ROSE BRIDAL

Formerly part of the design team at Libélula (a Kate Middleton favourite), Sophie Rose Bellchambers knows all about luxury and comfort. Hersix fluid gowns can be adapted with elementsfrom the collection to create your perfect dress, for under £2,000. From £1,210, sophierosebridal.com

RIME ARODAKY LES PREMIERES

In homage to her head seamstresses, the French designer unveilssix intricate couture looks as part of her 2019 collection – from balletic silk to layers of blush tulle. POA, available exclusively in the Parisshowroom. rime-arodaky.com

French Connection

Following itssellout bridal debut in 2018, the brand launchesitssecond collection forspring 2019, with modern yet ethereal gowns, a cool lace jumpsuit and wear-me-again maids’ dresses. £130-£295, french connection.com

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