Join us with a Q&A from Rebecca Anne, the creator and designer of Rebecca Anne Designs, where we talk business, fashion trends and a love of all things bridal...
Q: What inspired you to create your own business to sell your veils?
A: Having studied Fashion Design at University, I have always had a creative side. I was very lucky that my final year collection was recognised by a British Bridal Designer who offered me a week of work experience. One week turned into 6 months, and so the love of bridal wear began! From then I worked in high end Bridal Retail working with the best of British throughout, which really inspired me: there was nothing quite like seeing a the pride of women wearing home-grown talent! I soon got ‘itchy hands’ and found myself wanting to create again. And so, Rebecca Anne Designs was born...
Q: How do you go about creating an Heirloom piece?
A: I adore working with vintage fabrics, particularly lace. Knowing that these pieces were worn in a whole different life time to our own: the stories fascinate me! I have the most beautiful photographs of my Grandma’s wedding and always wished she’d kept her veil. I think brides are extremely lucky to wear a family heirloom on their wedding day. But I also understand some pieces can feel a little, well, dated! So I do offer a service whereby I can have a look at old veils and discuss the possibility of reusing it. It doesn’t have to be an entire veil: it may be that a bride would like to incorporate a small piece of lace, ribbon or even a button. The possibilities are endless and always worth looking into!
Q: What is the type of bride that goes for your veils?
A: I think I attract a mix of brides. I offer simple, elegant veils that would perfectly style a more traditional wedding, or perhaps stay in keeping with a simplistic destination wedding. And more statement pieces for the bride looking for something more unique to accessorise their .
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: I adore historic costume so a lot of my work is certainly inspired by history. I have often used the study facility at Bath Fashion Museum to take a very close look at how veils were created from as far back as 1840. It is also a good idea to keep up to date with the latest ‘bridal fashions’. For example the French designers are currently taking the bridal world by storm! Their relaxed and effortless ‘chic’ style are accessorised beautifully with simple cut edge veils, or even cap style bohemian veils. I also draw inspiration from my own brides. It’s so exciting when a bride comes to me with their own ideas that we can work from together in creating a bespoke piece!
Q: What is it like designing a collection?
A: It’s so much fun! I love sourcing my laces and tulles - sometimes it can be the fabrics that inspire the design. It can be difficult because sometimes I spend a lot of time on something that never goes into the collection. However, it’s always an idea that is put to one side to pick up another time with fresh ideas.
Q: What’s the latest trend for brides this summer?
A: Daring necklines, illusion panels, sleeves and plenty of lace! Oversized accessories are also making an appearance... so perhaps I’ll get some enquiries for some statement veils!
Q: Is there a particular ethos to your work?
A: Quality is everything. I take great pride in my creations: every veil is handmade with love using only the finest materials.
Q: What do you love most about designing wedding veils for brides?
A: Simply being a part of their special day! I have had the absolute pleasure of working alongside brides for the past 6 years in the lead up to their wedding. From choosing their gown, to final fittings: my favourite part was always in the styling of those ‘finishing touches’. I have always felt there is an emotional attachment to veils and it was beautiful to see other women’s sentiment towards this length of soft tulle that made them ‘feel the part’. To also be the one creating that piece for them was, and still is, an honour.
Check out the new 2017 Collection of Rebecca Anne Designs here.