Wedding dresses, casual and special occasion designs

by Holly Messinger

My wedding dress. Candlelight silk in a heavy sandwashed crepe, fully lined with silk charmeuse. Lace overlay on bodice.

Vogue pattern, now discontinued.

Another wedding dress, made for a friend. All silk; the underskirt is copper/turquoise shot taffeta, and the overskirt and bodice are blue/burnt orange shot dupioni. Front panel of bodice is cocoa-colored silk velvet. Lace on the sleeves was hand-tinted to match. Freshwater pearl beading.

The bride wanted an oak leaf motif in memory of her father, so I drew an abstracted oak leaf design and cut out all the appliques from the taffeta. You can really see in the last picture how the angle of viewing made the taffeta change color.

Upcycled "starlet" dress made over from a bridesmaid's dress. Claret velvet.

Silk bustier for a wedding. Embroidery and faux pearls.

Bias-cut little black dress out of sandwashed silk crepe. Self-lined with spaghetti straps and cowl neckline.

Polyester spandex with self-ruffle trim.

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