If your special someone chose lockdown to propose, or you were already planning that big day, there is a chance for the bride to wear a unique, locally made gown that once featured at NZ Fashion Week.
Fashion designer Julia Barnes, of Stanmore Bay began her career immediately on leaving university and eventually “landed in bridal”.
“There are almost no rules creating bridal wear, and I love it,” she says.
Hanging in her wardrobe are around 20 gowns that she created for her own label, Elizabeth May Bridal. All have either been modelled at NZ Fashion Week or were created especially for photoshoots.
Julia has moved on from five years running her own company, and is now working for another bridal designer, part time, as well as teaching yoga.
She wants to sell these unique gowns, and is taking offers. Each gown is a one-off, so Julia says $1000 would be a minimum offer.
“I hope there are brides who would love to wear them as much as I loved creating them,” she says.
They range from size 8 to a small 12, which, Julia admits, could be a limiting factor.
“Those Fashion Week models are tiny!” she says.
Julia says the gowns represent her love of colour, and pushing the boundaries of what a bridal gown can be.
“I made a lot of custom gowns for brides, which were generally white or ivory – traditional colours – though I did a few in blush, which I was excited about. It’s really interesting how traditional people are when it comes to a wedding dress. I hope that is changing – come on, ladies!”