If you’ve ever wondered exactly what (and how much work!) goes into making a wedding dress, you definitely won’t want to miss this super fun feature about that process, shared with us by our partners at Pronovias Atelier. Today, we’ll tag along for the making of two of their gorgeous, intricate wedding dresses and hear details from the design team about their exciting dress-making techniques. And don’t miss the reveal of the final, finished wedding dresses, which you’ll find at the very end of the post!
There is a different story behind every Pronovias wedding dress, but it takes only one team of designers, pattern-makers, and seamstresses all led by Creative Director, Herve Moreau, working together to make the brides’ dreams of looking amazing on their wedding day come true.
Everything starts with the first drafts of the dresses that come from the Pronovias design team. They are responsible for sketching the designs and explaining to the model makers what the dress will be like and the materials with which it will be made.
It is now when all the experience of Pronovias pattern-makers comes into play to create all the pieces of the dress, which are then assembled like a puzzle and tried on the mannequin for the first time. The technical name for this testing of the garment is a toile. This is not normally done with the real fabrics. Similar materials are used to check the proportions and whether or not the result is a suitable interpretation of the initial design.
Then it is time to create the paper pattern. Each piece of the dress is cut out from special paper, while any appliqués and embroideries are added on accordingly. This is a very thorough task for the Pronovias team, given that some dresses are made of up to 300 different parts.
Around 80 hours are invested in the final dress pattern, a very laborious, hand-crafted process, which is, without a doubt, one of the keys to the success of Pronovias’ dresses. Moreover, Pronovias is already known for innovation and the development of new fabrics, patterns, and techniques, a trait that is now part of our DNA as a bridal house. At the end of the process, the dress is cut out, sewn together, and a ‘pricing’ is made, as well as technical instructions explaining how to manufacture the dress from beginning to end.
Let’s see the end results…!!
So beautiful, right? Wasn’t it so interesting to see all the hard work (and the crazy amount of hours!) that goes into making just one wedding dress?! Big thanks to Pronovias for sharing their process with us today!
Ready to see more? You can shop the 2016 Atelier Pronovias collection, filled with so many absolutely jaw-dropping dresses, on the Pronovias website.
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