Choose bespoke to have a completely unique wedding dress that is everything you ever dreamed of and tailor made to you. Victoria works very closely with her clients from the beginning to ensure she understands their exact needs, timeline and any other important details.
Having a bespoke Victoria Sanders gown is a completely personal experience. Victoria meets with her clients as many times as they wish in order to get to an absolutely incredible end result. It’s extremely important to Victoria to keep her bespoke prices affordable. Although Victoria creates a luxury, high end couture product, working with the finest silks and hand embroideries. Prices start at £3000.
We caught up with the lady herself and asked Victoria how her process works…
It all starts with an initial meeting at the Black Swan Bridal Studio. We meet, discuss your wedding and everything you want for your dress. It’s very important to me to get to know each and every bride so that you feel at ease. Meeting face to face give me the opportunity to get to know your personality so that it reflects in your dress. It is also important you get to know me and realise you are in very safe hands and how passionate I am about what i do. It is helpful for us to share a Pinterest board and for you to bring any magazines/images/ references to the meeting to give me a clearer idea of what you are aiming for. I come away with lots of ideas and get sketching
I work at my studio to get the drawings together and communicate with you over WhatsApp or email to fine tweak and then we will meet again to discuss the drawings and refine until we get to a point where you are happy. We can also discuss embroideries, embellishments and fabrics. I will take all of your measurements at this point.
I refine anything needed from our meeting and send over a final technical pack of your dress with everything we have discussed and the final sketch. Once you’re happy, I will move on to making the pattern based on the measurements.
Once Ive made the bespoke pattern to your measurements I will then go onto make a first toile. This is a sample shape of the dress in a cheaper fabric but I usually match a similar fabric to the one you want but a synthetic version to help you visualise the end result.
Whilst I’m busy making the toile we can talk all about the sorts of embellishment you would love. For example if you would like floral embroideries that tie back to your wedding flowers, then it would be great to send me images of the flowers or share a pinterest board of them. I’ll bring a sketch or layout of your embroideries to your first toile fitting so we can visualise how it will all work together and discuss further so i can go onto creating your bespoke embroidery artworks.
We will then meet again for your first toile fitting so make sure the dress fits like a glove and you’re happy with the shape and if need be discuss any changes. I will make any changes to your toile and draw up all of your embroideries.
Then we will fit your toile for a second time and I will gift you all of your bespoke hand drawn and painted embroidery artworks and we will finalise all colours and fabrics for your final dress (exciting!) And if we need to, we can do more fittings of your toile in order for it to be the perfect fit but this isn’t usually necessary.
I will then order your final fabrics and get started on creating the final dress. I will also begin swatching all of your embroideries. Once you are in love with the embroideries i will go onto create them for your dress.
Once the final dress is made in the correct fabric i will do a fitting before all of the embroidery and embellishment is applied. Doing a fitting now will allow for any change in shape or size and we can make any adjustments. Once you are happy, i will then go on to place and sew each and every hand embroidery onto the dress. I think this is a far superior way of having the dress embroidered as they are all positioned perfectly to flatter the shape of the body and the placement ends up being more of a work of art.
A Victoria Sanders dress is a true labour of love. I really do love what i do and i ensure the quality and finish is second to none. Each dress I create is a piece if art and something very special that you can cherish forever.
Thanks Victoria! We are going to love working with you!