Occasion Dressing

Eliza Wyke / Occasion Dressing

Last month's photoshoot was something of a freezing affair.  Originally scheduled for last autumn, it had to be postponed due to several commitments so we rescheduled for the end of April when, as Nida commented back in January, "the blossom will be out and the sun will be shining".  What we hadn't anticipated was the arctic "gentle breeze", as described by BBC Weather! It's been four years since I updated my shots.  I can hardly believe it too.  This time I asked (cajoled / bribed!) some of my customers to model...

Managed to escape the studio for an hour this morning to visit a display of Wedding & Christening gowns at All Saint's Church, Ripley.  All items on display have been loaned by individuals with an association with Ripley Church, many of whom were married within. It is a charming eclectic mix of dresses spanning the decades.  Many of which have a fascinating story behind them. I may be biased (as two of my designs are included in the display) but it is well worth a visit (as is the church and...

One positive (and believe me I'm continuing to focus on the positives right now) from the lockdown is that it has given me the opportunity to reflect and be retrospective.  The months leading up to the lockdown had been frantic, with many last minute orders to fulfill, leaving me leaping from one project to the next with no time to breathe.  Last December during a trip to London, I had the opportunity to visit Zandra Rhodes's Fashion Museum.  The special exhibition was to celebrate 50 years in the business (of...

Last week during a trip to Milan, I had the good fortune to find time to visit the Armani / Silos permanent exhibition.  The exhibition opened in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of Mr Armani’s designs.  Two floors of permanent exhibiting space house the designer’s creations over the 40-year period, curated into three themes:  Androgynous, Ethnicities and Stars.  The first floor explores the themes of Androgyny.  In which he identifies the jacket as an everyday must-have item, which indeed it is, and this space pairs menswear and womenswear together. ...