The main two types of Wedding Dress Shops in Brisbane that you will find, are either shops that stock several brands, or single designer brand boutiques which carry solely their own brand.
The advantage of Wedding Dress shops in Brisbane that stock several brands, or what is otherwise known as a multi-brand store, is that you can visit one location and view several of your favourite brands without having to drive around the country to see them individually. The major downside is that the shop assistants selling multi-brands usually have limited knowledge on each brand, the brands’ working methodology and limitations of the brand in terms of producing a gown to fit you correctly. The store assistant is not able to offer specific advice on alterations and there is a distance between the designer and the client. For a ready-to-wear solution, the multi-brand wedding dress shops in Brisbane are a fast solution for your bridal needs.
On the other hand, if you choose to visit a single brand wedding dress store, the store assistant, which may even be the designer themselves, will offer a thorough knowledge of garment production, design limitations and alternate methods of tailoring to suit your figure and your budget. Any questions about alterations will be specifically answered in relation to the gown that you are interested in as the alterations will occur during the making process itself. Another benefit of choosing a single brand wedding dress store is that you can rest assured knowing that the step by step tailoring service will continue until full garment completion, resulting in a highly tailored fit, customized to your personalised requirements.
Throughout the process, there is opportunity to engage the designer with your queries and have certain elements tweaked or modified as the design unfolds. Engaging a designer to create a wedding dress for you is an experience in itself, the service based approach is not what you would typically consider as a retail scenario, it is a service based activity. Each appointment is private and felxible without interruption.
The key difference between a multi-brand store and a single-brand wedding dress shop is that when you order direct from the brand, then you are engaging a context specific dialogue with the fashion assistant by choosing to enter a design process, resulting in a unique one-of-a-kind wedding dress.
House of Ezis has been specialising in high-end designer ball gowns Brisbane for 10 years. Our ball gowns can be viewed and tried on in our Brisbane based boutique. Each gown is individually made according to the measurements of the client.
House of Ezis releases 4 collections per year, exclusively through our private boutique in Brisbane. Our ball gowns can be ordered in your preference of material and colour. All viewings are strictly by appointment.
Ball gowns or a ballgown is typically a full-length dress that is worn to special evening functions. Ballgowns have traditionally featured a fuller skirt with petticoat or under-structure but in the contemporary scenario the gowns are designed more bodily and streamlined and most floor length dresses can classify as a ball gown. It really comes down to the type of event that the gown is being worn to as to how extravagant it may be required.
Since the 50s ball gowns have started to been worn to public events – a radical change from the original purpose of ball gowns which were worn for private ceremonies only for the very wealthy elite. Today, ball gowns are commonly worn to less traditional events, like charity galas, red carpet events and film, sport and other special awards ceremonies. Our favourite Ball Gown designer is American designer Zac Posen.
Bridal Veils are typically draped over objects of significance to obscure – historically used to cover the face or head. The practice of veiling sacred objects is most commonly reserved for women, although in some cultures the reverse is common, where it is the men who become veiled.
Today in Western culture, veils are still commonly used in wedding ceremonies. Most veils which are commercially available and manufactured today range from thin tulle construction to transparent lightweight materials which are worn plain or embellished with lace scalloping on the edges and even beading.
Thin bridal veils are available through bridal stores and on-line in a range of sizes and lengths and typically drape over the female form during a wedding ceremony. Some great ideas of the worlds’ best 23 veils and headpieces can be viewed on VOGUE.
House of Ezis has developed a unique structured veil which acts as a framing device, beyond the female form, like a halo. The unique veil expresses the female form like a blossoming flower creating a faint glow around the body. The veil has been intentionally designed with body imbued in its’ structure to complement our structured gowns. The House of Ezis Bridal Veil is currently available for try-ons in our Brisbane based boutique and will be officially launched on-line with our latest bridal gown collection on Jan 2019.
Retailing for $300 – $450 depending on the desired length and clipping into the hair-line through the use of a metal hair comb, our veils are easy to wear and truly unique.
To view our current Bridal Collection please follow this link.
House of Ezis custom-made service is founded upon 160+ styles which can be viewed, felt and tried on in our Brisbane based designer studio and showroom. The custom-made service is open-ended: offering elements from different styles to be inter-changed, mixed and made into new combinations which arise spontaneously during client appointments. The combinations can be tried and tested in real-time during the initial appointment on the clients’ body with the personalised assistance of our in-house designer and founder Andrzej Pytel.
Fabrics are also on hand in our showroom to understand how the fabric will drape and feel on the body prior to committing to the custom-made order. All orders are manufactured in our showroom, which means that there are always professional seamstresses on hand during fittings for any last-minute adjustments and changes that may be required prior to your event. The one-stop custom-made service allows you to create your dream gown which will be rigorously fitted to your body shape through ongoing fitting appointments until a perfect fit is achieved.
Appointments are not limited to a specific number of try-ons and we understand that it may take up to 10 fitting sessions until we are happy with the fit. Our in-house service is flexible in the sense that we can delay the final fitting until much closer to your event in-case you have experienced changes in body size and weight. All our custom-made fitting sessions are included in the 1-off quote which we issue during our initial meeting and appointment for you to take to the privacy of you home to consider. To view examples of some of our finest custom-made gowns worn by real brides during their wedding ceremony, please follow the link to REAL BRIDES.
The future of custom-made clothing is an ecological approach to fashion design which brings back value to having a unique item of clothing made specifically to your requirements. Big world-wide brands are slowly catching onto this model and a good article can be followed on Forbes about the future of this old-new direction.
Our unique, structured dress making studies, explore the limitations and opportunities of tulle as a structural material. Tulle has traditionally been used as an under garment material to achieve volume in skirts. Feature materials were then typically thrown over, concealing the beauty of the perforated, transparent, ethereal tulle. Over the years tulle has become more accepted as a material that can be exposed to reveal and express its own beauty. From experience it is evident that the older generation still has a negative association with tulle, tending to read it as a cheap material which must be concealed but as demonstrated very successfully by John Galliano for Dior, tulle can be used in novel ways to express its natural beauty as a feature material itself. The study of construction in this series of structured dress making techniques, explore ways to layer lightweight, yet rigid tulle as a surface to the degree where the material does not become heavy enough to create pressure upon itself and rigid enough to still support its own weight and structural integrity. The unique outcome is that no separate support system is required to sustain this structure.
This straight skirted wedding dress is constructed from interfaced duchess satin. The strapless bodice is kept clean, focusing the attention of this gown to the skirt, where layer upon layer of tulle ruching bring interest to this unique wedding dress. Each section of tulle on the skirt can be controlled by adding or subtracting the amount of gathering to suit the particular wedding event or special occasion. The tulle can also be focused as top heavy of bottom depending on the desired effect.
The purity of this wedding dress desires to manifest the beauty of silence. Fine design and immaculate workmanship is highlighted and exposed in this gown. Lines are refined and limited to a bare minimum in this design to create a state of balance and precision in proportions. The beauty of this gown is its simplicity. Classical and striking, whilst edgy and practical, this design will surely leave a lasting impression.
Status Symbols in Eastern and Western Culture
In Western culture, white wedding dresses gained popularity since Queen Victoria was married in white in the 19th century. In contrast, Eastern culture chooses Red as the preferred colour for their wedding dress attire. Red is believed to symbolize good fortune, prosperity and future success to the couple getting married.
Traditionally, wedding dresses were made to symbolize wealth and social status of the family being married. The bride was representing a larger group of individuals beyond herself. Marriage was often driven by political influence and more broadly, consisted of the marriage of countries, businesses and people.
Brides from wealthy families were often clothed in the richest fabrics money could buy. Wedding dresses were meticulously constructed from French silks, natural furs and the finest European velvets that were available on the market. Historically, brides dressed in the height of current fashion trends. The materials chosen were visual cues used to illustrate status to other families. Poor brides often wore their best church dress on their wedding day.
Real vs. Fake
Today, we still see the trend of luxurious materials being used to construct wedding dresses, but if we take more care in breaking down the trend we begin to notice that cheap, mass-produced embellished fabrics are used to capture the appearance of wealth using fake, plastic jewels which give the sparkle but cost much less. It’s fascinating that mass-produced objects aim to capture a look but only ever so superficially.
White wedding dresses have often been considered to represent virginity and purity, though this was not the original intention as we have learned from Queen Victoria. Today we still see white as the typical colour chosen for the majority of wedding dresses and bridal occasions, with variations of Ivory, Shell and Cream. More recently we are seeing an under-current of very soft Pastel Pink wedding dresses also coming onto the fashion scene, so pretty.
Sculpted and Embellished Wedding Dresses
Wedding dress silhouettes have also changed over centuries from exuberant fuller gowns to slick, ankle length designs in the 60’s and recently the trend has reverted back to fuller skirts again and strapless bodices. As we all know so well, trends keep cycling back into fashion, so it’s probably not too long until we see the 60’s back again.
Interestingly; Wikipedia states that Strapless bodices are mainly used for wedding dresses as they are easier to ‘make’ and ‘fit’ for designers. Our experience tells us the contrary – strapless bodices rely on the same rules of fitting (in particular through the bust) and require fabric reinforcement to stay firm on the body, so it is questionable whether they are infact ‘easier’ to make, it’s taken us years to perfect the shaping and proportions on our strapless bodice. Sleeved and stringed bodices are also becoming more common in our modern environment and some women are choosing stream-lined alternatives without added embellishment for a simple, easy-to-wear option.
Evolution from Context
House of Ezis wedding dresses have gradually evolved from our formal wear collections that have been developed over the past 8 years. Youthful, simple and flattering to the female form; our focus has always been on experimenting with shapes, lines and tailoring methods to achieve the perfect proportions which flatter the female form. House of Ezis started the backless formal wear trend for women in Australia and we can see this influence starting to trickle through to our bridal clients. Our wedding dresses blur the boundaries of what is typically worn as a wedding dress, opting for current alternatives that suit the Australian climate and mood. House of Ezis gowns cross-over between special occasions, offering a unique alternative to the mass-produced currently on offer. Our focus is to produce spectacular, sculptural special occasion dresses which look and feel amazing on the body.
Whilst we write this blog, our soon to be released exploration of fashion & film is being edited by Paul Christey Photographer. The video will showcase 3 gowns in transformation. Although represented in 3 colors, the styles can be reproduced in any colour depending on the event and particularly white for bridal occasions.
The featured red gown is an exploration of tensile forces: it is the only one of the three gowns which is theoretically underpinned and it is driving the direction of the fashion film over the other two gowns.
The layout of the tensile surface used to construct the red gown is a neutral, ordered, grid which becomes transformed by applying compression throughout the grid. The outcome is a 2D surface becoming a 3D structure.
The resultant geometry is an expression of the opposing natural forces in tension with one another. Here, the ‘idea of beauty’ is not determined by the designer as an artist, it in fact allows the designer to stay separated from subjective decision making allowing unfolding forces to act as agents which govern authorship. An example of this it is what most 1st year design students try to achieve when they talk about ‘dichotomy’ and ‘duality’ or ‘opposites’ and then they forcefully try to create beauty.
On another level, the tensile surface aims to inscribe upon itself that which resists being drawn, eliminating preconceptions of what the results may be. It is a metamorphic act. Metamorphosis is a transformation of one thing into another without ‘adding’ or ‘subtracting’ other elements.
The movement of the body whilst wearing the tensile structure also influences the movement of the smoke which nicely ties in to the gesture as an expressive extension of motion.
The core idea of the film is the influence of forces in motion and collision with one another and the way they influence each other. This also happened metaphorically when we all came together ‘without any ideas’ about what we are trying to achieve. I enjoyed this ‘not knowing’ and ‘purity’ of the encounter of disparate forces of influence.
We’ve taken the time to explore several of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses to discover and highlight significant designer bridal couture trends emerging for the 2017 Spring Bridal Wear season. The designers have been selected based on our favourite wedding couture collections shown on Vogue.
Zuhair Murads’ Spring 2017 Bridal collection is shot in a beautiful rocky ocean setting with a breeze blowing his lightweight silk skirts, creating natural billowing silhouettes full of life and dreaminess. The bridal couture collection is a strong reinterpretation of the traditional bridal look with subtle refinements. The collection incorporates laces with sequined and beaded detailing in luxurious paisley patterning and floral motifs.
The classical silhouette has been extensively explored in this bridal offering – focusing on bodice and skirt combinations and manipulations. The range is heavily embellished in a general sense; mixing skirt combinations, 2-piece options with overskirts and flowing 1 piece mermaid styles. A variety of traditional, conservative wedding styled gowns appear in this wedding line all the way through to edgier mesh, full length designs with applique panelling of lace selectively hand sewn throughout in different densities.
Vera Wang chose a unique way to communicate her latest couture wedding addition by employing Gordon von Steiner to create a film to capture the mood of a bride to be. Her usual edgy approach questioning what a bride could wear was once again explored in her Spring 2017 Bridal collection, no fear hear. Her signature structured approach to design is once again apparent in her silhouette with pronounced, sculptural neck pieces, oversized collared tops and heavily pleated structured skirts with asymmetric volumes and great fullness.
Varieties of gathering techniques were explored to create fullness in Vera Wangs’ latest bridal gown offering. Another major feature of this collection is the use of boning to create structure. The boning has been cleverly expressed as a feature of the work both for tailoring and aesthetic purpose. In selected areas the cased boning has also been used to create further volume, reminiscent of peplums in heart shaped, fluid surfaces extending out from the waist line.
Vera Wangs’ collection is clearly an exploration of the traditional bridal fashion silhouette and its possibilities to create an alternative, new look for fashion savvy brides. In a deliberate move away from traditional lace, Vera manipulates her chosen textiles in a particular way to create shape and volume, allowing the materials to express their own beauty rather than relying on surface embellishment to do so. The result is an edgy alternative to your traditional bride, without being ridiculous nor over-designed.
Temperley London Spring 2017 Bridal Collection offers a delicate, feminine take on the classical bride. The range explores chiffons with embroidered sections and cord detailing. Subtle ruffling is cleverly positioned to soften the silhouette whilst creating a distinct feminine edge, making this bridal collection a standout for a light summery wedding gown option.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Oscar de la Rentas’ Spring 2017 Bridal Collection is nothing short of exquisite. The wedding range offers a variety of options from a short, minimal strapless knee-length dress for bridesmaids and flower girls, all the way though to big sculptured, pleated, asymmetric skirts. The core of the range explores varieties of a strapless bodice for a bare shoulder look, tucked at the waist, flowing through into mermaid skirts and climaxing in boxy pleated low-heavy skirt details. Harmoniously balanced classic and modern, no stuttering here, utter perfection. This is a designer wedding collection that cannot be missed for your special wedding occasion.
The Marchesas’ bride for Spring 2017 is embellished with floral 3D appliques and laser cut flowers constructed from Organza, layered and crafted into beautiful delicate feminine silhouettes, floral bunching and feathering. In some parts the use of flowers tends to be clumsy and over-bearing, taking away from the flattering possibilities of a simple tailored gown and tending to read heavily on the body. Even the poor size 6 model is struggling to look good, ultimately looking a bit frumpy in these numbers. The classical silhouette in this bridal collection is cut in all the wrong places, making the female form look short and stocky. The overly soft and delicate use of tulle walks a fine line of annoying and barely acceptable, you be the judge.
Several simple alternatives have also been included in the mix for a bride that prefers something cleaner and more elegant. The result highlights poor tailoring making you wonder why there are so many flowers in this range? Could they be there to conceal the imperfections in construction techniques? Overall, the collection is fragmented and forced, not telling a coherent story as if the initial mood board won the race. For a brand of this calibre – this collection is a disappointment.
Ellie Saabs’ 2017 Bridal Collection explores surface embellishment, through fine French hand beading, making you wonder if the textile manufactures should be applauded or the fashion house itself? The results is a traditional and standard looking collection that is not doing anything particularly interesting nor innovative, obviously playing it safe.
Finely tailored with distinct waist-lines, full skirts and bolero frilled styled over pieces, Saabs’ bridal collection is a must have for a traditional wedding occasion. The silhouette offers high necklines and cropped sleeves in all varieties for a more covered up look, layered with vails and tulle throws. Beautiful, not overly exciting, this collection is a solid offering for Saab followers that like to cover up.
Angel Sanchez, my sweet heart, it’s obvious when something traditional is done exceptionally well and in a modern light. This bridal collection is a beautifully balanced, fluid and structured silhouette. The range is extremely well-tailored and the careful gestures are sharp and clear, but ever so gently.
This collection shows tailoring and design at the highest degree. The fit of these gowns is immaculate, feminine and refined. The collection is delicate and the composition of the elements is superb. The proportions of the different materials in this wedding collection is what true mastery and craftsmanship is about.