Kate’s 3D ‘Peony + Poppy’ Cascading Wild Rose
A couture take on a Hermione de Paula signature Wild Rose.
ARTWORK & EMBROIDERY INSPIRATION
Inspired by Kate’s favourite flowers peonies & poppies. These are some images shot by Kristin Vicari for Hermione de Paula, which directly influenced Hermione’s creative direction.
DESIGN PROPOSAL SKETCHES
Kate’s brief for her Sicilian wedding was Italian romance, she envisaged dramatic sleeves & a mantilla style veil. These are some of Hermione’s preliminary sketches from the Atelier.
Led by Kate’s vision of a garden filled with her favourite peonies & poppies, bought to life, Hermione reviewed her archive of 3D flowers for inspiration and pulled out her favourites. These were the initial concepts from which Kate’s unique personalised flowers developed.
WILD ROSE ARTWORK
The Hermione de Paula artwork team reworked the Wild Rose by hand to Kate’s custom patterns, first in pencil, preparing for the embroidery panels.
CONSTRUCTION, CUTTING, STITCHING & HAND SEWING THE INTERNAL BUSTIER
Hand embroidered panels are cut ready to be constructed into Kate’s finished gown. Kate’s gown had a hand constructed internal bustier. Built for support and comfort, it was stitched by hand in the London atelier.
Over video conference, the atelier team reviewed the placements & level of 3D, with Kate.
Hand cut 3D poppies & peonies crafted from silk organzas & silk chiffons, with bugle beads and pearl centres are constructed by hand, in varying sizes.
Embroideries & artworks are placed on the gown, reviewed and approved by Kate.
Each handmade flower took the atelier team up to 16 hours to craft by hand, using the finest European fabrics, beads & pearls.
Kate’s unique sleeve was an integral part of her design. The atelier team presented options with Hermione for Kate on various bases including tulle and organza, along with 3D embellishment options, for her to review and select her perfect shape and finish.
A closer look at the beautiful, intricate floral work & the gown on a mannequin.
Final Gown on Mannequin
We presented one set of final images virtually to be reviewed by Kate, prior to sending it to her in NYC for her final fitting.
Kate had her wedding date & a tiny heart embroidered onto her gown.
Hermione gifted a hand painted silk organza fan to keep Kate cool in the Sicilian heat and to complement her gown. Complete with their wedding date and initials.
FINAL FITTING IN NYC
Kate’s final fitting in New York was an opportunity to hand place the final silk organza flowers, to ensure the perfect placement. The flowers were pinned in place & then sewn by hand. There were over 100 hand made flowers on Kate’s dress.
THE BIG DAY
Kate & Kearnon married by the Ocean in Sicily at sunset, with their son by their side. Fine Art Wedding Photography by Giuseppe Marano.
"So decorative you could imagine displaying it in your home as an art piece, as well as wearing it"