What’s your signature style in three words?
Sleek, bold and contemporary.
Whose fantasy wedding dress would you love to design?
Carey Mulligan – she’s one of the real rising stars of British cinema, and has a chic style that’s way beyond her years. Her Fifties look sets her apart from the crowd, and her big eyes, short hair and slight frame make her a perfect canvas for designing a bridal gown that’s traditional with a modern twist.
What is your favourite dress from your archive?
One of my favourites has also been one of our most popular: our classic Princess and the Frog bridal gown (11032). It uses Swarovski crystals delicately scattered over handcrafted lace, with taffeta manipulated into a striking silhouette.
Princess and the Frog dress (11032) by Ellis Bridals
Where in the world do you go for inspiration?
Paris has always inspired me: I feel it on every street and in every boutique I visit. There’s a glamour that isn’t found anywhere else in the world.
I am also lucky enough to be able to visit my son, who lives in the lower east side of Manhattan. The area is full of creative people and I love just walking the streets.
Of course, as Ellis has been London-based for over 98 years, London never fails to inspire too: from the young art scene to Portobello market, I have so much at my fingertips to draw on for new collections.
Paris by night
What is the best way to accessorise one of your dresses?
When it comes to accessories, at the moment I love contrasting sashes and belts – you can create some really refreshing colour combinations. Deep midnight blue, punchy black or mocha brown are just some of the colours we have designed bridal belts in this season. Statement headpieces are also big for me right now: a delicate lace and beaded piece can really finish off any bridal gown.
Wedding dress (11219) by Ellis Bridals
If you weren’t in the wedding industry you would be…
I could never even consider a different career – I really have the dream job.
Wedding dress (11221) Ellis Bridals