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Designer Ball Gowns Brisbane | Ballgowns

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

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.

CUSTOM-MADE BRIDAL & FORMAL GOWNS

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.

Structured Dress Making

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.

 

Wedding Dress

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.

The Evolution of Wedding Dresses

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.

Fashion & Film

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.

Designer Bridal Couture Trends 2017

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 MURAD

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

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

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.

MARCHESA

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 SAAB

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

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.

BRIDAL by House of Ezis

Made-to-Measure Bridal Collection for the alternative bride. Reserve Appointment.

Lee Maxi

Lee Maxi

The lee maxi focuses on a simple silhouette which produces a flattering fit. Sweet-heart bodice with spaghetti strings makes this wedding gown an easy wear relaxed look for a young bride to be. The gown is constructed from stretch lace embroidered in a tropical floral design. This wedding dress is double-lined in heavy jersey for a snug, forgiving, flattering fit. Featuring an open back design, this wedding gown is exclusively made to measure in-house and can be constructed from several different versions of lace.

Conjure Gown (detail)

Conjure Gown (detail)

This interchangeable 2-piece wedding gown features a continuous seam design which transforms from a form fitting bodice and becomes an A-line from the waist down. Constructed from interfaced bridal satin for fullness and body, this gown sculpts to the body, providing support through the bust. Bodice boning is inserted into the design and foam cups can also be built in for further fullness. The second piece made form thin veil tulle featuring hand-made tulle flowers can be styled in two ways: firstly for the ceremony the tulle can be worn as a veil and then it can be lowered and clipped into the top band bodice as seen in the photograph.

Manifest Maxi

Manifest Maxi

Cut as a high-neck mermaid for a more covered bridal front look. Neck ties hold the gown up whilst Kriss-crossing through the back and tying for an adjustable fit. This wedding dress is perfect for Queensland brides looking for a hot, young wedding look whilst feeling comfortable and not wanting a typical bridal gown. The mermaid dress is cleverly designed to sit as a straight skirt through the front to allow for easy walking and the focus of the volume is to the back. Small side cut-outs frame the waist and can be altered to create more cover through to the back. Simple, bridal elegance.

Conjure Gown

Conjure Gown

Embrace Maxi

Embrace Maxi

Stretch lace wedding gown in sweetheart strapless design. Fully boned for support and bust shaping. The skirt has equal fullness all around through the hem for a fuller mermaid effect. This beautiful wedding dress offers a classic look with comfort in mind.

Wow Gown

Wow Gown

This avant-garde gown is a sure stand-out for the alternative bride. Beautifully tailored through the bodice with a princess style off-the-shoulder strap executed in a unique way. This wedding gown combines interfaced satin with foam bonded skirt for extra fullness. Careful pleating and tailoring in the right areas makes this a flattering wedding option for the wow factor. It can be safely concluded that the Brisbane fashion scene has not seen anything of this caliber and superb craftsmanship. Wow!

Tension Maxi

Tension Maxi

Looking for something with a twist, then book an appointment with us here in Fortitude Valley Bridal and formal precinct to try on this gorgeous gown. Available for order in 56 colours, this unique mermaid gown can suit formal occasions as well brides looking for an alternative summery Brisbane bride look. This design gets us all twisted here in the design studio when we have to make an order for our clients but the result is always stunning and worth the in house couture-confusion. What a great wedding dress idea, they will think you stepped right of the New York runway.

Crusader Gown

Crusader Gown

Panic Dress

Panic Dress

Recognize Gown

Recognize Gown

Recognize Gown

Recognize Gown

Ascention Gown

Ascention Gown

Eternal Gown (2-piece)

Eternal Gown (2-piece)

Aryan Gown

Aryan Gown

Aryan Gown

Aryan Gown

On-Point Bodice & Cigarette Skirt

On-Point Bodice & Cigarette Skirt

House of Ezis is tirelessly developing a unique Brisbane Wedding Dress destination. Our unique point of difference is our continuous knowledge exchange between formal and bridal styles blurring the boundaries of special event wear. Sophisticated tailoring, immaculate finishing and the finest fibres sourced from all over the planet climax in unique gowns for special occasions. All alterations and changes in our wedding dresses and formal gowns are executed during our first try-on after the order is placed which means no more driving and less stress. House of Ezis, the one stop shop for tailored gown perfection.

Sustainable is not a spectacle

Spectacle is about show and tell, whilst the act of becoming sustainable can happen in the privacy of your own backyard. Start with a compost heap, some home grown herbs and plenty of tender love and care.

Living in the age of social media, where substance has lost its worth in favour of fast, superficial, smooth, fake, exaggerated imagery, we have to be careful when we hear brands promoting themselves as ecologically sustainable. Are these statements true? Why are these brands still doing promotional SALES then? Why are they mass-producing? Why are they making ‘many’ of the ‘same’ thing for everyone, as if everyone is the same? Why are they referring to the materials they are using as ecologically sustainable without truly understanding or explaining to the consumer the ecological footprint that their ‘sustainable’ fabrics are making on the planet?

From a sceptics’ point of view; being sustainable is just another shallow buzzword of the moment. Think about all the stories we hear: one-day soy milk is great for you and then the next day it clogs your liver and you must stop drinking it. Even beer these days apparently has great benefits for the liver. Don’t just stand there and listen to the stories advertising campaigns feed you with a few fancy words, it’s all a big marketing strategy trying to put a tick next to the brand to ‘get’ some attention, be it from the government, industry or the media. Stand alone and see the difference for yourself, don’t be under the influence of what you see and hear.

At House of Ezis we don’t promote ourselves as sustainable, but if you actually break down the service that we offer, we are the most sustainable fashion label and retail situation that you can find anywhere. Every individual formal and bridal gown ‘order’ we complete is based on our specific clients’ requirement. It is this form of tailoring that results in ‘no waste’. Even our off-cuts serve a purpose: the larger pieces are put aside for smaller sections of future orders and smaller off-cut pieces are salvaged by our seamstresses to make garments for themselves and their own clients. We don’t have spare fabric or dresses sitting around waiting for a big end of year sale so that we can create space for more new things to quickly sell more. We only make what is actually ordered by our clients.

Selling quickly and making more space for new things is what I hear from particular boutique owners on Brisbane streets referred to as ‘milking it’. Milking a consumer to buy ‘more for less’ is disgusting as it takes out the quality of the thing you are buying in favour or the quantity. Another example of this is ‘Buy 2 and get 20% of the 3rd’, the point here is that you are buying to have more, believing that you’ve saved money but really you’ve actually spent more. This method is old and it lacks ‘care’. We must slow down, it’s hurting the entire industry, this mad rush without consideration of what really matters takes us away reflecting on our choices and meaningful experiences.

At House of Ezis, we prefer to turn down a sale if we feel that a genuine connection has not happened. We encourage our clientele to slow down and have a good look at what we do, ‘STOP SHOPPING’ and come closer to the act of choosing something that you really connect with. Forget about running to the ‘next’ boutique as you will only see more of the same thing as most boutiques carry the same brands and the only way they stay on the market is by under-cutting one another and reducing their prices to be the most competitive. How is that sustainable?

We choose to postpone and extend the experience to the point where we would prefer that you take our business card, go to the comfort of your home and view our collections at peace. If afterwards you still feel the urge to visit us and make an appointment, it is a conscious choice that you are making without being rushed. We care about the choice you make and we understand that it’s an important decision and it takes time. Allocated time to meet during our appointments allow us to have shared, focused, dedicated time together that we have both chosen and committed to. This is sustainable.