World-renowned designer Linda Davey of No.9 Bridal Couture in Western Australia has just released a fabulous new collection of wedding gowns. The collection, named Petit Four, comprises four diverse dresses which showcase Linda's exceptional skill and talent for creating truly magical garments.
Petit Four is a clever play on words, referring to the dainty French desserts of the same name. Each dress is designed to tie in with this delectably-sweet theme, which sees Linda working to her full potential and creating designs that are breathtaking, elegant and sophisticated.
For many years, Linda has been creating unique gowns that have led to her worldwide reputation. In constant demand, Linda makes bespoke garments from her trademark wedding dresses through to ball gowns, evening wear and even a range of exquisite lingerie. Her dresses have been seen on the red carpet and on guests at the recent Royal Wedding, each perfectly flattering the figure of its wearer and creating an extravagant splash of couture design. Taking inspiration from Oscar-winner Edith Head, a costume designer who created clothes for Hollywood legends such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, Linda was awarded the coveted title of Best Wedding Dress Designer at the Wedding Industry Awards in 2012.
Linda buys most of her wedding dress material from Platinum Bridal Fabrics and we are always thrilled to receive photographs of her expertly-crafted designs. We are extremely excited to share images of two of the new gowns from the Petit Four collection here.
The first dress is named Cupcake and features a gorgeous swirling design representing the sweet icing and buttercream on one of these tasty treats. To give the design a touch of city chic, Linda chose to steer clear of a traditional vintage length and added a matching fascinator to complete the outfit. Used in the creation of this pretty dress were two fabrics supplied by us: Cameo Champagne silk dupion and Emma guipure ivory lace.
The second gown, French Fancy, also uses Cameo dupion and has been embellished with Gemini crystal trim and Tucana beaded lace appliqué. Linda took inspiration from Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang to create the dress, the design of which was done in 3D rather than using the traditional pen-and-paper method. To add the sense of Westwood drama, the skirt was expertly moulded into folds before a wide net petticoat from Jupon was added to provide the skirt with maximum fullness.
The word 'dupion' derives from the Italian doppione, which means 'double'. The name refers to the luxurious texture of these fabrics, which is created by the random pairing of silkworm cocoons very close together. These pairings make twisted fibre rolls known as slubs, creating an extraordinarily tactile and sensuous texture that differs slightly in degree throughout, making each piece completely unique. Woven in India, our 100% silk dupion is wonderfully versatile and, as can be seen from Linda's Cupcake and French Fancy dresses, can be used to create stunning, exciting and dramatic garments.
Emma guipure ivory lace, also available in classic white, is one of our bestsellers thanks to its timeless beauty. A repeating design of large central flowers is surrounded by a plethora of leaves and flowerbuds, giving a balanced fabric that is rounded off with motif-scalloped edges.
With an attractive and fashionable Celtic theme, Gemini crystal trim is a real eye-catcher, its swirling silver design achieved with the use of exciting metallic filigree thread. Further embellishing this winning design are expertly-applied diamante highlights, each catching and playfully refracting rays of light.
Tucana beaded lace appliqué takes its name from the beautiful Toucan constellation which appears in the skies of the southern hemisphere. Shimmering with stellar beauty, these exquisite motifs centre on a large diamante which sits in the middle of a large, ornate flower. Radiating still further outward, leaves created from tubular beads lead the eye back inwards to the petals, which are made from white spherical beads outlined with subtle white sequins.
Linda told us: "I order the majority of my fabrics from Platinum Bridal Fabrics. They ship immediately to Australia and are still cheaper to buy than wholesalers here in Perth WA". We are proud to provide our fabrics to such a talented designer and look forward to seeing more of her creations.
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