Thursday December 9, 2010
Wedding Dress Q&A with Anne Barge
We sat down with wedding dress designer Anne Barge to answer some of our questions about her stunning collection. Here are her answers:
Your new collection is beautiful — lots of pieces reminiscent of 50’s couture. Which dresses are your favorite?
My two favorite dresses from the new collection are Reece and Devereaux. We opened the show with Reece and closed it with Devereaux! Reece is my idea of a classic Anne Barge bride that takes your breath away with the sheer high neck yoke, exquisitely beaded bodice and side draped skirt topped with a matching embroidered veil. Devereaux is my most dramatic gown yet with three dimensional embroidery on the bodice and multi tiered tulle edged in horsehair with hundreds of embroidered lace appliques dancing all over the skirt.
What did you wear for your own wedding?
For my wedding in 1993, I wore a short Guipure lace dress with a jewel neckline and short sleeve. It was designed by Richard Glasgow and given to me as a wedding gift. I think it was perfect for a small afternoon wedding, and I think it still looks great. If I had to choose again in 2010, I would still wear a short dress!
You managed the London Virgin Bride store when it was open. What is the difference between American and British brides when it comes to wedding fashion?
When I began working in London in 1996, there was a huge difference in US brides and UK brides…..now, that ocean has shrunk, and there are not so many differences. I do think that more UK brides are apt to wear a color where US brides primarily stick to white and ivory. The real difference in weddings there versus here is what the guests wear. EVERY woman wears a hat to a UK wedding whereas very few wear hats here.
Prince Albert of Monaco is getting married soon. What would you recommend as a dress for Charlene, his fiancé?
I think our new Channing dress with a cathedral train would definitely suit a royal wedding in Monaco topped with a diamond tiara and plain edge five yard long silk tulle veil.
You can find the new Anne Barge collection in all couture stores in America.