Trends, Inspiration and the Practical Side of Designing Your Perfect Dress
25 Feb 2015
Trends, Inspiration and the Practical Side of Designing your Perfect Dress
Bridal designer Kevin Muscat talks trends, inspiration and the practical side of designing your special dress
What do you enjoy most about working in bridal?
I love that I can work very closely with my lovely brides. They are always welcome to visit me at my studio or meet me at trunk shows. It’s great meeting my customers and learning how they want to feel on their big day.
How did you get into bridal fashion?
My bridal collection emerged from my love for couture. It’s one of the few days where a woman can be as glamorous as she wants. I’m allowed to use the most luxurious fabrics and hand-finishes. For a long time and since before I started working in fashion, I have designed wedding and evening dresses for friends and colleagues, and now have my first full bridal collection.
Do you have a signature style?
Muscat London Bridal is a collection of handmade contemporary wedding dresses for the confident bride. My vision is to create an alternative to the classic wedding gown. Inspired by pared-down glamour, every piece in the collection is unashamedly minimal yet exquisitely feminine.
What do you offer brides?
As well as the collection, I offer the chance for brides to work with me on bespoke pieces, developing their dream into a garment they will love forever. The dresses are designed to flatter, whatever the body shape, and every dress is couture-fitted to ensure that the bride both looks and feels amazing on the day. Every dress is lovingly manufactured in the UK.
What should a bride-to-be look for in a bridal gown?
I would forget about trends and look for something that is timeless, and choose a dress that flatters your shape.
Where do you get your inspiration?
There are so many things that inspire me. Sometimes fabrics dictate what I create, other times I look at a graphic design or architecture and it triggers a feeling that becomes a dress. But mostly inspiration comes from real women. I design with friends in mind, or I see someone in the street, and their look inspires me to create.
What are the current trends? And what are your predictions for the coming year?
I try to stay away from trends and create pieces that are timeless. I feel there is a general feeling of moving away from ‘dressing up’ as a bride and choosing something that is more representative of the bride as a person. A red carpet version of who you are, if you like.
What advice would you give to brides-to-be looking for a wedding gown?
Move about when you try the dress on. You are not going to be standing on a pedestal on your big day. Try sitting down and if you enjoy dancing make sure that the style you choose is not going to stop you from having fun. If your dress is tight, or has a train, try going up and down stairs in it. This is a very practical side of being a designer. I would hate for a bride to have less fun on her day because she was restricted by her dress.
What can we expect from your next collection and when should we expect it?
The next collection will launch in April, 2015. I am drawing inspiration from movie stars and the red carpet.
For more information on the new Muscat collection visit the Muscat Bridal website: muscatlondon.com
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