Hair pieces + veils: Batcakes Couture
Hair: Kyle Rich
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California

I want to talk a little about my 'Dioresque Collection'. The gorgeous Stephanie Williams photo series, Vintage + Rustic feature about it has been all over the net lately. Since the debut of these images you all have expressed interest in where I get my inspirations. Hurell and Dior were my icons so it makes sense most of my work is inspired by vintage looks. I'm especially fond of old Hollywood and 1950s Paris and always working on ways to bring these styles into a modern arena for contemporary brides.

I've always had a thing about dresses with tons of volume just above the ankles. Most in the 'Dioresque' collection follow this length which can easily go formal or semi-formal.

'Dioresque' is a capsule collection of 50s hourglass silhouettes. It isn't quite finished as there are four more dresses similar to these coming off the work table within the next few months. I am making a few changes in production. Next season I plan on replacing most of the crinoline underskirts with 100% cotton organdy.

Another fabric I'm incorporating into the collection is bamboo cotton. It has just the right under structure to make a great lining and feel good against the skin. Plus, little beknownst to most, bamboo has anti-bacterial properties which contribute to controlling body odors.

What could be more Paris 1950s than a picture hat swathed in tulle? When Stephanie found this piece in my collection she asked specifically for it to add as a piece in the shoot. Amber sure knows how to work this hat and gloved lady-like look.

Special thanks to all who made this shoot possible and with such skill to bring out the vintage looks reminiscent of an era we all love so much . . . .

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