Gareth Pugh wedding dress design for Katie Shillingford
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
You got engaged in the summer and then I had my show in the September and we started talking about it straight afterwards. We certainly didn’t do a wedding mood board.
I’d sent a few little bits of inspiration, just little references of things that I liked but there was no scrap book or dream dress or fairytale idea – it was definitely not that. The main thing about my wedding was getting the people around me – who are my friends, who are creative – to be part of it.
Obviously, it was my first time doing a wedding dress and it was Katie’s first time having a wedding dress, hopefully that last…
First and only hopefully.
…so it had to be right.
So it started with trying on a couple of dresses from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
Yes, there was a very long, high-knecked, fishtail dress that was made up entirely of stripes and then the other one was made up of all these hand-stripped pieces of silk chiffon. When I get asked to do things I don’t draw a lot, or I don’t tend to like to draw, because the things that I can draw don’t tend to represent what I want to do. There were a lot of fittings, weren’t there…
Yes, it was all about working it out through the fittings and I decided that it should be a version of the slashed grey dress. The thing that we had to make a really clear decision on was the colour.
Katie just had a really definite idea that she didn’t want something that was bright white.
A lot of people were surprised by the colour and thought that it was very strange and thought that it was very different. For me, it wasn’t that different, it was really a version of an off-white. I’ve probably dyed my hair every single colour that you can dye hair and I think I made that decision fairly early on – that pink hair would look lovely with a grey dress – and I liked it, and that was that. The main accessory to the dress was the veil that was made by Stephen Jones. He hadn’t made any veils before, but I thought ‘I’m just going to ask because he’s amazing and I love him, and I think he’d do a really good job and be inspired by dress’.
The actual challenge of putting a dress together made out of two centimetre strips with a huge train on, that was probably the only challenge… time. But we were invested to the cause, we made it happen. But we were working up to the eleventh hour, and it was kind of nice to see the back of it walking down the aisle, knowing it was finished.
The dress made me feel incredible. It’s the best dress ever.
A few of Gareth Pugh's catwalk pieces served as the initial inspiration that led to a dress for Katie Shillingford, following which form, colour and fabric were considered in fine detail. Here the designer and the fashion editor tell us just how the dress came about.
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
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