Good morning lovelies. I’d like to introduce you today to Sabina Ali, head designer of Sabina Motasem Bride, one of London’s best kept bridal secret.
Sabina Motasem Bride has teamed up with photographer Mario Guarino and London’s most sought after wedding venue, Eltham Palace, one of the UK’s finest examples of Art Deco (which you should already be familiar with, as last November I alerted you to their Wedding Showcase which is coming up in just a couple of weeks!), as the backdrop for her brand new vintage inspired, elegant wedding dresses.
Sabina has given us some background information regarding her new collection and shoot. Over to you!
We found inspiration for the new collection from the style and glamour of iconic performers at the Folies Bergeres in 1900s − 1930s Paris. The slinky, understated dresses perfectly complement the opulent and decadent Art Deco interior and style of the brides who choose Eltham Palace for their weddings. Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, society millionaires who used influential designers of the period to create Eltham Palace as a high status home, consisting of a series of elegant rooms, reminiscent of Hollywood-style glamour. The use of geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes in an understated luxurious fashion, mirrors the style of Sabina Motasem Bride dresses, making Eltham Palace the perfect backdrop for the new collection and a sensational venue to plan a wedding.
Sabina Motasem wedding dresses are understated, great value, simple and elegant. Brides can select alternative details like different necklines, sleeves, colours and accessories. A sample collection is available to view during appointments at the Islington studio, London and is priced between £900 – £1750. Dresses can be altered to fit, made exclusively in the UK and delivered within two months throughout the UK and internationally. Shorter timescales are possible from one week.
The “Colette” dress, a strapless wedding dress in beautiful stretch duchess satin, fishtail skirt and puddle train, was shot in the stunning circular Entrance Hall. The Colette dress can be accessorised with a matching shrug, beaded belt and French corded lace bodice, taking the bride all day through several easily changeable looks.
The “ Loie ” dress is a stunning geometrical and architecturally pleated empire line bodice in a rich oyster coloured satin crepe with contrasting satin front panels and pleated back detail. The dress was shot as the bride walked down the curving staircase towards the circular Entrance Hall. The Hall was designed to look like an ocean liner and this shot is reminiscent of a famous scene in Brideshead Revisited which was shot on the same staircase. The Loie dress is available in Ivory, Vintage Cream and Soft Pink.
The “ Josephine ” and “ Yvette ” dresses were shot in Virginia Courtauld’s flamboyant sycamore panelled bedroom. The bedroom has the appearance of a primitive temple, with curved walls lined with maple flexwood.
The “Yvette” dress, a strapless knee length number with full knee length skirt and can be worn with a 50’s style petticoat, transforming its silhouette from an understated 40’s shape to a dramatic 50’s dress. This dress can be accessorised with matching shrug, beaded belt and French corded lace bodice.
The “Josephine” dress, a backless cowl draped dress with a puddle train in luxurious crepe silk available in Ivory, Vintage Cream and Soft Pink, oozes old Hollywood-style red carpet glamour.
The “ Cabaret ” dress was shot in Stephen Courtauld’s bedroom, designed by John Seely, is an aspen lined bedroom with the side walls covered in scenic block printed wallpaper depicting Kew Gardens made by Sandersons, creating a delicate 3D effect. The hem and train of the Cabaret dress is made entirely of asymmetrical shaped box pleats, each mounted on top of the one below giving a subtle geometrical relief shape.
Personally I really like the semi-structured, yet uber-feminine feel of Sabina Motasem Bride‘s dresses. But then, again, you already know that I’m a lover of minimalism and simple lines, so these dresses are 100% me! How about you? Which one is your favourite dress? I’d love to hear from you!
Also, don’t forget about the Eltham Palace Wedding Showcase on the 28 January. For further information visit the Eltham Palace website or t. 0208 294 2577.