The Modern Muse – A Sophisticated and Magical Bridal Collection from Gwendolynne
It has now been over a month since I teased you with that first glimpse of Gwendolynne‘s latest collection The Modern Muse (if you missed it you can see it here). So I thought it was high time I unveiled the full collection as I promised. If you saw the post, or are a regular visitor to Chic Vintage Brides, then you will know just what to expect from Gwendolynne. As well as being one of Australia’s leading bridal designers, Gwendolynne and her divine dresses also happen to be an absolute favourite of mine – you can see more of her work on CVB here, here oh and you should see this! If however the name Gwendolynne is new to you, then you are in for quite the treat! So sit back and prepare to swoon…..
Gwendolynne is a designer renowned for creating gowns for the modern bride looking for something a little magical. However, there is never any doubting her vintage inspiration, clearly drawing from the aesthetics and styling of the beautiful Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. A Gwendolynne wedding dress is always instantly recognisable and her signature style is ever present in The Modern Muse – the whole collection is ethereal and romantic, the gowns are waisted with exquisite embellishment creating stunning silhouettes that are sophisticated in their beauty and utterly unique. In her inimitable way Gwendolynne has combined luxurious silks and soft pleating so that they float around the body; and layered misty chiffon veils, with intricate details, over metallic silks to create dresses that will quite literally take your breath away……
And this season, for the first time, the collection also includes some elegant long sleeved dresses……
For The Modern Muse, alongside her love of architectural sources, Gwendolynne also referenced the tastes and style of some inspirational modern women, both contemporaries from within her own sphere and from fantasy including The Lady Mayoress of Melbourne, and passionate advocate of the arts, Emma Page Campbell; Elke Doust of the fabulous Melbourne design duo Tettmann.Doust; Kyra Pybus, founder of Pybus PR; the influential blogger Phoebe Montague of Lady Melbourne; and my favourite Daenerys Stormborn, Khaleesi from Game of Thrones!…..
Isn’t it beautiful?
Whilst these photos are incredible, I don’t think it is possible to fully appreciate the elegance, grace or radiance of these gorgeous gowns until you have seen them move. And luckily the above show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney was captured on film – take a peek!…..
Oh how they sparkle and shine!
And the beauty doesn’t stop there, because I can’t resist also sharing Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, the catwalk show where The Modern Muse was first unveiled. For, as with all of Gwendolynne’s past offerings (which you can see here, here and here), the styling is almost as magical as the collection itself! Boldly made up ‘brides’ with braided updos sashayed down the runway in a show that was part Khalasar, part court and completely mesmerising – oh and there are some gorgeous close ups of the gowns embellishments that are well worth a look!…..
How fabulous is that ethereal crown? And I love the key at the bottom of the braid. Oooh it’s so hard to choose a favourite design, I adore the embellishment of Elke, but I think Emma has captured my heart! How about you?