WEDDING DRESS STORIES
Discover the stories of the wedding dresses that we create.
From the sketch to the dress worn during the ceremony.
Thanks again to Sixtine, Diane, Eléonore, Philippine, Charlotte, Siegrid.
Sixtine's made-to-measure dress in brocade silk organza, 2020
Ever since she was a child and an admirer of Sissi like many little girls, Sixtine dreamt of being a princess on her wedding day. Having already chosen the fabric for the skirt - a brocade organza - she comes to our studio with a precise design for a sleek bodice.
She seeks the advice of CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE’s studio on the fabric that will best meet her expectations.
Bearing in mind the particular requests of each bride-to-be, Cécile, at the ‘Première Vision’ fair, looks for the latest raw materials of exceptional quality. From the luxurious aspect of a brocade silk organza coming from a great English producer to the flawlessness of a peachskin silk crepe made in France, Cécile knows how to shape the fabrics to give Sixtine’s dress the shine and elegance of a true princess dress.
Diane's made-to-measure dress in silk muslin and cotton guipure
Like many brides, Diane wants her wedding dress to be trendy, inspired, but UNIQUE. She pushes open the door of CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE’s studio.
She confidently turns to the designer who has already made her sister's wedding dress. Trusting in her ability to listen and in her good advice, she knows that Cécile will create for her THE dress of her dreams.
A few months after the first appointment, Diane refined her initial design. Keen to meet the expectations of the bride-to-be while keeping her trademark - the made-to measure dress -, Cécile dares to reinterpret a style using a new know-how: the embroidered dress. She enjoyed designing an embroidery pattern for Diane, which she then created herself in her studio with embroidery thread on a silk muslin. With her embroidery machine, Cécile produced eight meters of embroidery: a delicate and meticulous work
Eléonore’s made-to-measure dress in silk crepe, 2019
A designer at heart, Eléonore comes to the studio with her sketch of a contemporary silk crepe dress that perfectly hugs her figure. She wants her dress to be timeless, understated and very elegant - thanks, especially, to a lace braid which enhances the neckline and the back buttoning.
She seeks CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE’s know-how for her wedding dress. The designer works with silk crepe from a famous supplier from Lyon, in double thickness to bring the fabric to life.
‘When we understand the meaning of a fabric, we know everything there is to know. Let this fabric live. It will take the path it must take’
‘... simplicity is the most difficult quality to give to a garment.’ Pierre Balmain.
Philippine's made-to-measure dress in crepe and silk muslin with its fin Calais lace
Philippine comes to the studio with a multitude of details taken from different dresses and that she wants to see on her own.
She turns to CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE’s studio to make her dress, which she witnesses coming into life with each fitting.
Cécile combines different fabrics: Calais lace for a delicate and refined appearance, and silk muslin to give a floaty movement to the dress.
Charlotte's made-to-measure dress in satin crepe and silk chiffon
Charlotte comes to the studio with her sketch made by her designer friend. They designed it together. Charlotte is looking for the right seamstress, to bring her design to life.
During the first appointment, CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE listens to Charlotte and makes her talk about her expectations for the dress and the volume she wishes to obtain. She then suggests different fabrics.
Cécile sculpts the fabric of the bodice, pins it on the real life model. She then gives the movement of the skirt by playing with the silk muslin. This work is done in the studio during one or two fittings. The mirror provides the necessary distance for the eye to imagine the dress finished.
Siegrid's made-to-measure dress in Organza and chiffon, applied with embellished lace
Siegrid comes to the studio with a very ‘couture’ design. She wishes to show the French know-how of the Caudry lace-makers with an embroidered lace placed on a silk organza bodice, paired with a full and floaty chiffon skirt.
Confident in the careful and reputed work of CECILE DE LA CHAPELLE, she entrusted her with her wedding dress.
Passionate about the making of meticulously thought-out dresses and the demanding nature of a completely hand-sewn work, Cécile is not afraid of responding to specific requests.
The bodice of the dress is like an architectural sculpture - a second skin in silk organza where some lace patterns are cut out and judiciously applied. The small cord underlining each floral motif, specific to Leavers lace, the all-silk chiffon skirt, entirely hand-sewn, and the search for subtle transparency give this dress a very Haute-Couture style.
‘Without a real life model, I couldn't create a dress because there wouldn't be life ..... I drape the fabrics over them, I want to see how the fabric flows over them, how they hang it, how they hold it.’
Yves Saint Laurent