Suzanne Harrington Bride

Dressing a New Style of Bride

March 7, 2018 | News

Today we look at bridal label Suzanne Harrington Bride. Her dresses are right up Margot’s street and in issue 11 there’s a chance to win one of her veils…

Suzanne Harrington founded her label in 2012. She studied fashion design at Ravensbourne College of Art and explored the history of the wedding dress as her final year thesis. She is inspired by Dior, Vionnet and Chanel. Over the last twenty years she has worked in New York, Australia and London and founded her label to bring a new attitude to bridal design. Suzanne lives in East London with her husband and Banksy the miniature Schnauzer.

(Above photos from left: Alexandria Hall Photography, Meghan Lorna, Alexandria Hall Photography.)

London 2018. A new style of bride is emerging. And this new bride demands a new kind of dressing. East London-based design house Suzanne Harrington Bride is making bespoke dresses to suit.

Who is this new bride? She’s confident. Trend aware but has her own style. She’s imaginative and willing to pay for bespoke services. A bit of a magpie, she roots through history for inspiration. She’s metropolitan, doesn’t follow the crowd and above all, she’s determined to be herself.

(Above photos from left: Rebecca Lupton, Suzanne’s own, Alexandria Hall.)

And what does she want from a dress? Founder Suzanne Harrington tells us: “It’s an extension of her usual style – more so than in the past. There’s often a touch of nostalgia, it has to be unique and it may have a pop of colour. It’s also more demure and covered up than in the past – long lace sleeves and higher necks are balanced by open backs or a glimpse of midriff. As the reception has become more of a focus, she wants to be able to party in it – hopping on a red London bus or hitting the dance floor with a pair of trainers.”

Suzanne Harrington Bride has been making dresses for modern brides since 2012. Peppered with various historical references – from 1970’s bohemia to the Edwardians – the label is known for its soft fabrics, craftsmanship and imaginative design ideas. To create their dream dress, clients either arrive with an idea fully-formed or discover it by exploring the brand’s capsule collection of different shapes and styles. Their unique design is then sketched out, a toile is made and fitted and then the dress is handmade to measure in London.

(Above photos from left: Alexandria Hall, Ed Godden, Ed Godden)

The label’s signatures – Magical gowns and accessories that are relaxed, comfortable, free-spirited and above all, a natural extension of their individuality. Hand-made and completely bespoke, the label uses ethereal fabrics, intricate laces, dreamy and bohemian touches with a softer, more natural approach to silhouette. Artful cutting and tailoring flatter the body. Dresses draw elements from history and re-imagines them for the modern bride. Gowns amplify the bride rather than eclipsing her, and are superbly comfortable.

Key styles. The Darcy & Lola two piece – a sheer, long sleeve fitted button-back top and full skirt. The Ophelia dress – a highly feminine dress with a mix of 70’s and Edwardian elements, with a train, angel sleeves and open back. The Indira & Tillie two piece – a delicate lace top with short cap sleeves and an open back, with a full tulle skirt. The Flora dress – a sheer lace top with a fitted under-bodice, contrast colour velvet belt and floor length skirt.

“Our brides want to feel comfortable rather than restricted, so we have much less structured boning or corseting than in the past. They don’t want the dress to wear them. Instead they want it to go through all the stages of the day – right through to after-hours dancing.” Suzanne Harrington

Prices start from: £895


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