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Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

‘Le Jardin!’

A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.

 

Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs. Weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend.

We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress …

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RUNWAY | ‘Le Jardin’ Ian Stuart 2018 Bridal Collection

RUNWAY | ‘Le Jardin’ Ian Stuart 2018 Bridal Collection

‘Le Jardin!’ A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.

Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 Collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs, weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend. ‘We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress.’

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Ian Stuart 2016 Collection

Ian Stuart 2016 Collection

About the Collection

This season, Ian Stuart has focused his energy on designing for different body shapes, ages and personalities. He has created a collection that is diverse and versatile, giving every bride the opportunity to find her own style within the Ian Stuart label.

Experimenting with softer fabrics and fluid silhouettes, Ian is bringing his unique flair and couture construction to a different spirit of bride he has not reached before. And as the unprecedented King of colour, he has introduced stunning softer shades of silver, pink and taupe, which he hopes will encourage the next generation of brides to embrace wearing colour on their wedding day.

There are four stand out themes this year within the Ian Stuart collection:

  • Ian Stuart Signature Style – textured, playful and dramatic
  • Sexy & Statuesque – figure hugging with plunging lines and dynamic silhouettes
  • Romantic and Regal- fairy tale ball gowns, exquisite laces and glittering touches
  • Fashionista Glamour – modern, unconventional and daring

The honour of having ‘Flowerbomb’ included in the V&A Wedding dress exhibition inspired Ian to create a collection that would be fit for a museum. The gowns showcased were almost all exclusively created for royalty, socialites, fashionistas and celebrities, who had access to the finest couturiers and top designers.

Having started his career at one of London’s most renowned couture houses, Bellville Sassoon, Ian has revisited vintage sketches from his time there, studied the finer details of true couture, and combined it with his innovative style. Ian hopes to make the essence of real couture available to the modern bride.

Ian Stuart – The Interview

Ian Stuart – The Interview

The Designer Life

He’s one of the world’s favourite bridal designers renowned for his unashamed use of colour and a seemingly unstoppable passion to create dramatic, show-stopping gowns that wow wedding aisles around the world. Ian Stuart speaks exclusively to Buckinghams about giraffes, Dolly Parton and his now not so secret crush!

Ian tell us a little something about your background.
I was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch Indonesian mother and an English father, so I’m fluent in both languages. I originally set out to be a costume designer, as I’d always loved theatre, but at fashion college I realised I could have a more productive career in bridal wear, which is not so far from costume really! I became creatively frustrated working for other bridal wear labels, so in 2002, after 10 years in NYC, I came back to the UK to launch my own label where I could design how I wanted.

What do you love least about what you do?
Administration, it’s never been my strong point, and there is surprisingly a lot to do with my work.

And what do you love most about what you do?
Seeing the models dressed backstage just before the Fashion show starts, it’s when I really see my work come alive.

Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you?
Yes, of course it’s scary, but I made a decision that this is what I want to do!

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart

Cuvee Rose

How do you start your day?
I do my stretch exercises first thing, followed by a coffee and a diazepam.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Coffee and a cigarette.

Are you a morning or night person?
I’m a night person.

What do you to unwind?
White wine, Campari and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills!

Favourite meal?
Lobster and chips (especially if I’m at Hardcore Lobster in Victoria)

Favourite colour?
Orange (Hermes shade!)

Favourite tipple?
Campari

Favourite mug?
My fake Versace mug, fabulously tacky but I love it!

Pet hate?
Bad manners

Dogs or cats?
Dogs

Who is your hero?
Dolly Parton

Do you have a nickname?
My brothers and sisters used to call me Porky, as I was a fat child, however, the tables have turned!

Favourite holiday destination?
Bali, Indonesia

Favourite animal?
Giraffes, because they are tall, elegant and have long eyelashes!

Favourite biscuit?
Jaffa cakes

Favourite shoes?
Converse sneakers

What are you reading at the moment?
Collezioni Haute Couture!

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
Orange crème

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Do you like Marmite?
Yes I love it!

Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality?
Indonesian food – my mum’s satay sauce recipe is the best!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Barbara Streisand. She’s friends with my best friend!

Your secret crush?
The UPS guy!

If you could choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with who would they be?
Dolly Parton, Paul Nassif, Janice Dickenson and Liberace (if he was alive!)

What is your favourite room in your home?
My house is very modern and sparse, but my Piano Room is full of memorabilia and kitsch junk, so I love to hangout there.

What colour is your kitchen?
Black, white and brick walls.

Favourite household appliance?
My food waste disposal unit!!

Are you a gardener?
Yes I love gardening!

Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month?
Yes! For years!!

What do you want for Christmas this year?
I’d like to be on a beach!

What is your proudest moment?
My Flowerbomb design being selected for the V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition.

Flower Bomb wedding dress by Ian Stuart

Flower Bomb by Ian Stuart

What is the absolute ‘must have’ at your wedding?
NO children policy.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I’d be an impressionist – it’s my party trick!

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Oppression.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My temper… I’m too passionate!

If you could relive one moment from your life what would it be?
Birth, so I could see what it was like.

If you could go back in time to witness a particular event in history what would it be?
London in the swinging 1960’s.

How would you like to be remembered?
Fondly!

What can brides expect when they choose an Ian Stuart gown?
They will feel as good as they look. Our construction is second to none.

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