Prior Engagement fashion show: Brides Through the Ages

I had a fantastic day last Sunday working with Prior Engagement on a historical fashion show for a wedding fair at Harrowden Hall. Prior Engagement is an off-shoot of successful company Prior Attire  and the owner Izabela specialises in making both incredible  historically accurate gowns and beautiful historically inspired dresses, as well as branching out into fantastic alternative creations such as Steampunk dresses.

Doing back stage hair & make-up for the show.

Izabela set up Prior Engagement to give brides the fantasy dresses of their dreams and I actually met her as she was planning her own wedding! She asked me to create an accurate style from the 1880’s to be built around her beautiful wax orange blossoms, something a bride of that time would of traditionally worn.

1880s wedding hair.

For the show on Sunday I created several looks including an intricate Steampunk style, combining elements of a Victorian look with 1940s style rolls and curls. I also created a Southern Belle look based on early Victorian styles combining ringlets and a curls piled high, an Edwardian inspired up-do and a 18th Century Restoration bride look complete with ringlets fashioned from extensions.

Steampunk gown and hair style. I used Lil Mischief hair flowers on this look.

Right to left: Restoration Bride (I created 17th Century hair), Elizabethan bride (I stood in for a missing model and created a high hairstyle with pearls), 18th Century Bride (I dressed the wig), Tudor Bride (centre parting and plaits under French Hood) , Aphrodite, historical inspired dress ( I created an Edwardian inspired up-do), Southern Belle ( created an early Victorian hairstyle), 12th Century Bride (no hair styled as veil worn for the show).

The show took place in a marquee and we had a very lovely audience and lots of interest in the gowns. I ended up standing in as the Elizabethan bride and luckily my red hair was the perfect finishing touch for a truly Queen Elizabeth 1st look! I created my hair style by rolling nearly all my hair into too giant backwards victory rolls and added a string of pearls in to complete the look.

My Elizabethan inspired look.

After the show we headed out for a little photo call in the grounds of the hall. All the dresses and more examples of these fantastic styles can be found on Prior Attires website here.

Prior Engagement fashion show at Harrowden Hall wedding fair. Left to right: Steampunk gown, 12th Century bride, Tudor bride, 18th Century bride, Elizabethan inspired bride, Restoration bride, Southern Belle, Aphrodite historically inspired gown.

Prior Engagement brides.

Brides being silly!


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