Prompted by London Fashion Week’s five days of fashionista filled fun at Somerset House, we’re revisiting Zita Elze’s most recent floral dress design.
Inspired by Sleeping Beauty, this fairytale wedding gown was handmade with hundreds of fresh roses, hyacinths, delphiniums, hydrangeas and wax flowers on a deep cut bodice, with a fluid powdery grey skirt of silk organza layered with fresh sea lavender. Created especially for Brides The Show, it sashayed down the runway to huge critical acclaim. This was the exhibition which saw Zita win the coveted Condé Nast Brides Magazine’s Editor’s Gold Design Award. Prior to her extraordinary dress’ catwalk appearance, Zita’s naturalistic bouquets graced dozens of other wedding dress designers’ outfits. These were in keeping with the fresh meadow flowers which Zita used to line the catwalk itself, fulfilling Brides magazine’s dreamy English country garden brief. See more living embroidery designs, including the handmade flower shoes worn with this dress.
All images © James Merrell