Jamie Richards is a talented, inspirational designer who often uses our wedding dress material to create bespoke bridal gowns for her brand - Margaret Wray. After she sent us these show-stopping images, we just had to get in touch to find out a little bit more about her.
Jamie is originally from New Zealand and moved to London 13 years ago after successfully graduating from a university in Wellington, New Zealand with a degree in Fashion Design and Technology. During university Jamie began making wedding dresses, quickly discovering she had an innate talent and deep admiration for the delicate and complex process.
With such a passion for creating wedding gowns, it was almost inevitable Jamie would leave her full-time job to set out on her own. Jamie’s love for vintage fashion was inspired by her grandmothers, both of whom were elegant, stylish women with a refined sense of sophisticated class. Using a combination of the first and maiden names of these inspirational women, Jamie called her brand Margaret Wray.
Wedding gowns from the Margaret Wray collection are crafted by hand and are unique to each individual bride. As well as providing a bespoke design and make service from scratch, Jamie also offers a choice of ready-made gowns that are then embellished according to the bride’s wishes.
Jamie discovered Platinum Bridal Fabrics on Google, and upon finding our ultimate collection of wedding lace and embellished fabric, knew that we were the natural choice to supply her brand with material of distinction. Our Managing Director was lucky enough to meet with Jamie at the recent Textile Forum, showing just how important the event is for networking.
Many of our wedding dress fabrics have been used by Jamie in her work. The most recent of these are:
Celine - this beaded ivory lace has a super-soft handle and features a mesmerising pattern of embroidered waves, glistening with radiant pearls. A hypnotic design that just keeps getting better the more you look at it
Naomi White - decked with 3D laser-cut flowers, is available in Ivory and with a full selection of wedding dress embellishments including lace trim and lace appliques. Silver filigree thread glistens and glimmers throughout, highlighting the floral bouquets and leaves that are heavily embroidered with diamantés and hand-sewn tubular beads
Maya - with glitz and glamour to spare, this ivory beaded lace has lots of floral bouquets making up its striking design. Our designer has allowed their sense of dramatic flair to run wild, adding a riot of wedding dress embellishments including spherical ivory beads, clear sequins, Champagne-coloured tubular beads and extra-special sequins with an unusual oval shape. These delightful decorations are attached using a clever combination of threads in metallic silver and lustrous ivory
We would like to thank Jamie for sending in these photos: check out her website at www.margaretwray.com to see more. Would you like to see your story in our newsletter? Contact us today and share your stories and pictures!