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.
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.
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.
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.
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.