Seduction And Sophistication – Victorian Inspired Bridal Gowns by Angels Carrying Savage Weapons…
Good morning lovelies. I hope that you have enjoyed your weekends and had lots of fun in the snow. Unfortunately it scuppered our plans of exhibiting at the Designer Vintage Bridal Boutique in Birmingham for which we are very sorry and as equally disappointed. Despite the Arctic conditions there was a good turn out to the show so well done to all those that braved the weather to attend, you did us proud.
This morning I would like to introduce you to a designer that I have been keeping an eye on ever since I met her at the National Wedding Show last year. Lindsay Fidler specialises in creating eclectic and handmade couture wedding gowns that are heavily inspired by the sophistication of the Victorians and the glamour of the 40’s and 50’s.
“Our bridal ranges are as eclectic as our brides, we have tried designing ranges, but have found that the brides that come to us already have a good idea of what they want and just need to find the right person to design and make it for them. We constantly design and make new samples of dresses to give brides an idea of possibilities but that’s all they are, they can change elements of a design, choose a different colour or fabric, add detailing its completely their choice.”
“All of our gowns are handmade bespoke pieces, we really care about the client and her wishes so we do our utmost to ensure she can have exactly what she wants, its one of the single biggest purchases a bride will make so its important that, she is happy, its also about the rapport we have with our clients, many of them we can happily call friends and return year on year for clothing from our sister website www.angelicweapons.co.uk which is home to our burlesque and alternative fashion range, some of them even just drop in for a cup of tea and a catch up and one brings me home made cakes.”
Angels Carrying Savage Weapons was conceived in 2005 by fashion designer Lindsay and graphic designer Lee Fidler from their kitchen, both at a crossroads in their careers and wanting to be in charge of their own creativity instead of working for others, developed the brand whilst still working in their respective careers. In the beginning the brand designed burlesque and retro style clothing with steel boned corsets being the main feature, it wasn’t long before clients from across the UK were asking about alternative wedding gowns incorporating the corsets and the bridal range was born. At this time and luckily as they were running out of space they moved into their newly built studio in a new vocational centre attached to a school, The setup is part of the governments aim to get business to support vocational education and since moving in they have taught bespoke classes, supported and mentored, over 100 under 19’s wanting a career in the fashion industry.
“I have 20 years of Vogue and have only ever looked at the pictures for inspiration, I love film, art, theatre music, books, fashion photography, I’m drawn to things that evoke an emotion of some kind, wether it be happy or sad. Fabric shops are lethal and I have now been banned from buying anymore fabric, although I did sneak in a bolt under the radar for a very special dress for Fabulous Wedding Festival in March. I love creating dresses which have passion and drama and try to get it across with the photography, its about setting a scene, the last collection I made was called Wild Romance and was inspired by a pre-raphealite painting by Waterhouse called Miranda and was shot on cliffs and the beach in Devon.”
“Our new designs are again as eclectic as we are, I’ve been drawn to certain fabrics and for no reason what so ever blue, so your something blue is your dress, blue seems to be popular for the past couple of years and is flattering on many brides so we have blue in many shades wether it be pastel, print, jewel, or dark shades, we are hoping to get these shot soon so we can get those on our new site.”
Lindsay is always asked why she chose the name Angels Carrying Savage Weapons…
“So many people ask us about this and I wish i had this amazing tale of where is came from but, as we were coming up with the concept of the company, we wanted a name that stood out, was different and memorable, as we were touring around Cornwall on holiday we were listening to a song and the first line is “even now in heaven there are angels carrying savage weapons” I looked at Lee and said that’s it, that’s the name, it took Lee about 2 months to come around to the idea, whilst I tested it with friends and work colleagues to gauge response. In the burlesque arena where we started no one battered an eyelid, it was fun quirky and we made seductive clothing so in my eyes the ‘Angels’ are our clients and the ‘savage weapons’ are their bodies encased in our corsetry. “
“The bridal world have taken a little longer to get used to the name, but with more brides than ever before looking for something different, fresh and new, our name doesn’t seem to shock them, and some come and find me out at the shows just because they expect I will be different.”
So what does the future hold for Angels Carrying Savage Weapons?
“we plan to get the brand out there as much as we can, standing at more intimate run wedding fairs, as this means we can spend more time talking with prospective brides to get a feel for what they want. Our new bridal lingerie range and wedding gift range are being launched early summer ready for the Autumn run of shows and we are going to try and get new pieces on the website every 6-8 weeks to keep the interest in what we do. Our sister site angelicweapons.co.uk is having her major face lift at the moment so will be coming out all bright and shiny in the next month or so and the ranges on there will be able to be purchased online, handmade to order and keeping the Angels quality but at a fraction of the price of our bespoke gowns.”
I would like to take this time to congratulate Lindsay on her amazing new range and fantastic work on the website. I wish you all the best!
Much Bespoke Love from Your Biggest Fan
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