Here at Natalie Chan HQ we take great pride in precious craftsmanship through creating all of our designs be it dresses or head wear, in house. This means the entire process from designing to pattern drafting to cutting, sampling, and constructing is all completed by our dedicated team of fashion trained staff in our (ever so cosy, but at times rather cramped!) atelier above the boutique.
Having showcased at the New Zealand Weddings Collection at New Zealand Fashion week this year, we bring you an exclusive behind the scenes snippet at the process of creating one of our new couture bridal designs.
Our catwalk collection was inspired by blooms and botanical gardens, each design in the collection features a type of fabric flower from petite and scattered to a bold cluster of blooms. To capture the vivid colours of real flowers we researched into painting large scale flowers onto silk fabric in various forms, from directly onto gowns or cutting out the blooms and hand appliqueing them onto designs. Our friend Aric who is a wonderful photographer visited us in our atelier to capture the creating of one of our designs.
Natalie sketching one of the designs.
Rendering the illustration.
Mixing paints to our desired palette.
Paintbrush to fabric!
It's all in the details.
Multiple flowers were each and individually hand cut.
The base of the dress in a beautiful corded lace is being sewn up.
Our hand created flowers being pinned before appliqueing onto the dress.
And here we have it!
The 'Tumbling Flowers' ensemble is made up of a lace top and coordinating skirt which is adorned with beautiful blooms. We think its simply perfect for a playful bride who is after a charming look for her special day!
Stay tuned for our backstage diary at NZFW next.
The Natalie Chan girls