Putting on the Ritz – Hollywood screen idols are inspiration for new Scottish bridal salon

The golden era of the silver screen has provided the inspiration for a new Scottish bridal salon’s stunning range of unique handmade gowns

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THE GOLDEN era of the silver screen has provided the inspiration for a new Scottish bridal salon’s stunning range of unique handmade gowns.

The grace and glamour of Hollywood’s screen legends have been captured in Tricker Bridal’s capsule collection that has been inspired by original dress patterns from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The range oozes a classic Hollywood feel, summed up in the style and sophistication of iconic actresses like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.

By using inspiration from dressmaking patterns of the era, and applying the intricate cutting techniques they require, Tricker Bridal brings to life gowns which make brides look classic and elegant.

Behind the pop-up salon is Beverley Tricker,  who has fulfilled a long-held ambition to return to making bespoke bridal gowns for brides who want timeless beauty.

It’s a stunning classic range of elegant and flattering dresses that appeal in a modern era, perfect for the bride who would describe her style as classic.

Every stitch will be made by hand in Aberdeen, with each gown taking around three to five months to make, and with the option to be made in a wide range of beautiful fabrics including pure silk and in a spectrum of colours from white to scarlet.

Ms Tricker says: “I’ve been sewing since I was seven years old, and during the 1990s made hundreds of wedding outfits, and so creating a pop up bridal salon, along with a capsule collection of stunning gowns, each one hand made and inspired by a golden era of elegance and grace, has been hugely enjoyable.

“These are classic gowns that reflect an era when style transcends time and brings something unique for brides in that they are bespoke and made-to-measure.

“Tricker Bridal contrasts with today’s fast fashion. These are one-off dresses, made exactly to fit the bride’s body shape and measurements and with the option of distinct finishing touches.

“For brides who are looking for something timeless – a classic gown that transcends generations – then we believe they will find their soulmate in Tricker Bridal.”

It’s a stunning classic range of elegant and flattering dresses that appeal in a modern era

The collection includes The Anna, a gown is based on an original 1957 German design. It has a deep-set, tasteful neckline, tiny cap sleeves created from the inlaid pleating in the upper bodice and a midriff that curves upwards to create a graceful silhouette. An attached train reaches the dress hemline and is finished with an extravagant bow.  It has a row of hand-covered fabric buttons over the zip at the centre back of the dress.

The Rita is a wiggle dress and takes its inspiration from a glamorous American cocktail dress of the 1950s. The captivating fitted silhouette has a scoop neckline sitting on the shoulder and an asymmetrical drape which is cut in one piece along with the skirt front. Tying in a bow on the hip, the bow can be embellished with the addition of a vintage crystal brooch.

The Kitty is a 1950s silhouette gown with a flattering neckline sitting just on the shoulder and with a sleek, straight line. The bodice has a V-back, and brides can choose from two very different overskirts – one with back bow tails or side panels which can be lined in any colour or to match the gown. The overskirt is detachable giving a different look for an evening reception.

Tricker Bridal offers brides the flexibility they won’t find when making an off the peg purchase. Brides choose their dress from the capsule collection, and from there can personalise it to suit their preference and budget, including choosing the desired fabric and colour.

The pop-up salon is situated in the fashionable west end of Aberdeen, and has unveiled its full collection in the gallery of its website and opened its appointments diary.

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