Wedding season is in full swing here at Trend, and as a result, our fingers are flying over fabric, pins and thread as if to the tune of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance. It’s a frantic art and were our team any less skilled and trained, it would be pandemonium in the work room. Our wedding roster this year counts over a dozen suits and three dresses, which is a challenge even for us. Today, however, we pause to highlight one special piece from this season, one which we are excited to see completed.
Surprisingly, the most interesting piece of this season is not a bride’s gown or suit but rather the gown of a maid of honour. The client is new to Trend, and decided to start her time with us with an elaborate, detailed gown. Having given numerous other clients tours through our womenswear department, I’ve heard the same question over and over again: ”If this is what the maid of honour is dressed in, what could the bride possibly be wearing?”
Needless to say, it’s to be an opulent wedding.
With her sister getting married in a designer but very traditional white-and-red Chinese style, our client chose to do something representative of modernized China. With both our head tailor and head of womenswear department, the client settled on an evening wear take on the qípáo: a Mandarin collar and body-hugging silhouette, sleeveless and backless, but with a longer train. Matte gold sequined mesh overlaid with bronze lace and violet organza replace traditional silk brocades and the whole dress will be detailed with beading, metallic elements and semi-precious gemstones. The train would feature a sunburst-pleated organza overlay while the back of the collar will include a bronze sash. It's to be a large undertaking.
Working with sequined fabric requires a lot of additional time, as each row of sequins must be carefully trimmed away from the seam allowance by hand to allow for sewing; that way, the seams are almost completely hidden amongst the sequins. The lace provides another challenge and our staff take great pains to trim around individual floral patterns to ensure that the lace will overlap the seams instead of being broken up. These fine details are what distinguish bespoke from any other kind of clothing ––even the smallest of details must be attended to, no matter how challenging or demanding.
Look forward to updates on this project as we approach the wedding day.