Jada Garvey’s Handmade Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses

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Jada Garvey of Fable Dresses is a bespoke wedding dress designer. Jada’s handmade gowns are always one of a kind, and each year the designer’s sense of artistic adventure and attention to detail determines a new series of dresses.

Jada has become beloved for her artistic and delightful creation of beautiful gowns embellished with handiwork, beading, embroidery, and a sumptous dash of found fabric. Hand dyed and lovingly made her gowns are absolutely extraordinary. She’s the go to designer for bespoke one of a kind wedding dresses for bride who wants something different.

 

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Jada Garvey Fable Dresses One of a Kind Gowns

 

This season the dresses have a delicacy, embellished with detailed beading, inspired by the idea of the bride wearing a gown, her companions riveted by the handwork.Inspired by fairy tales and stories, in particular by the other-worldly and ancient, as she makes each dress by hand she likes to imagine who will wear every dress and the setting as well, usually in the natural world….

“a meadow with fluffy seed pods floating in evening sun. Mossy forests or wonderfully dark and creepy woods and swamps. A sacred place, the desert, a tropical beach. My imagination helps to form each dress.”

 

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Each dress is time consuming to make, all the pieces are made from recycled materials and Jada spends countless hours sourcing these pieces, unpredictable work but an expression of the artist’s commitment to making sustainable designs and truly one of a kind items. She includes found items, and even creates her own dyes for some projects.

 

 

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“I use anything interesting or beautiful that I can get my hands on.  Linens, household items, old clothing or gowns, broken jewelry, so many different things are used in my dresses.  Lately I have been having fun stitching clear quartz crystals on my dresses that I dig up from a spot a few miles from my house. They give a very natural sparkle that you will not see on any other wedding dress. When I make my own fabric dyes, I go out into nature and pick berries, flowers, or roots of certain plants and fill my pack basket. Being able to include the natural world into my designs makes me happier than I could possibly describe. Putting it all together and creating a dress takes a lot of energy. Sometimes I feel like I have to try a thousand fabric and detail combinations before it feels right and a dress is born.

 

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What was your creative life like when you were a child, did you sew with your mother?

Jada: I grew up a bit poor. We did not have much and wasted very little out of necessity. When my mother taught me to sew clothing at 14, I was disappointed at how boring and uncreative sewing patterns felt. But one day I realized that I did not have to follow the rules of a sewing pattern. New fabrics were a luxury and I did not often like them, so I took my mother’s old clothes and whatever interesting used materials I could get my hands on and started patching, adorning, and recreating my own clothing with them. I started using sewing patterns as merely a guide, and I would redraw them or alter them to my liking.  It made me excited about creating clothing and I loved the idea of using materials that would otherwise be wasted.

 

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And so, the magic began! The vocabulary of traditionally women’s domestic arts or decorative arts in many ways is making its way into the contemporary art and design world, there is a kind of “renaissance.” What do you think about this and how do these traditions play into your own creations?

 

Jada: I am thrilled to see things like hand embroidery, crocheting, quilting, and other forms of folk art come back into the art world. They were once taught to children as a pastime and I think we need to bring them back into our family traditions, both my son and daughter know how to hand embroider and crochet. I have loved doing these lost arts for many years and I include these techniques in my dresses and the popular have hand embroidery or other stitching and details It is what I am known for and I admire other people’s work too and sometimes the more organic or handmade it looks, the more I love it.

 

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Visit Jada’s website Fable Dresses and see more beautiful creations. She even makes wedding party dresses and gowns for little girls as well.

 

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Trending Bridal -Deliciously Pretty Designs by Lucia

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I am so excited to present a quick chat with Lucia Stofej, an inspiring creative entrepreneur from Slovakia. I hope you enjoy learning more about her process and seeing lots of deliciously pretty bridal jewelry, veils, and headpieces. If you are like me, and a total romantic maybe you could totally wear these every day!

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SImple Bridal Hair Crown Flowers by Lucia Stofej

 

Bellemaison: Tell me more about your vision and what makes your shop and designs so special? 

Lucia: Vintage materials! I love looking for “treasures” at antique shops.

 

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Every time we travel somewhere, I create a list of flea markets and antique shops to visit. Also, my grand mother is a great source of materials as she tends to put away pretty things she had inherited from her relatives. This way I now own beautiful lace, ribbons and parts of our national folklore costumes. And they keep living their life through my accessories. All this helps to make fashion more sustainable and fulfill my vision.

 

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Bellemaison: Who are your customers? 

Lucia: Brides, brides and brides. The wedding market and business is my fate. During my Work & Travel student programs, I spent 3 summers in Vermont, USA and worked at a mansion where weddings took place, from Thursday to Sunday, every week.

I love weddings and everything about them. Such a beautiful celebration of love. I even married my husband twice, in Paris and in Slovakia.

 

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Lucia: When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a painter. There was a large storage room in my parents’ house. It was full of old magazines, books, clothes, plants and it was my favorite place to be. I could get messy there. Painting inside of old books made sense to me as there were only words. Later on during my studies a passion for DIY and mostly creating jewelry and hair accessories appeared. I was inspired by a friend of mine who used to make earrings. At university, I studied Arts and really enjoyed our drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, even jewelry classes. After that there was no way back. 🙂 I had to open my creative business.

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Bellemaison: How did you arrive at making these beautiful accessories? 

Lucia: I sold quite a number of products in Slovakia so I wanted to try out a global market. It was 2nd of January, 2011 when I finally mustered up all of my courage and opened my Etsy shop. The first necklace sold within hours. Later on my focus changed and now I mainly create bridal hair accessories and veils and such.

Bellemaison: Do you have special sources of inspiration that you can share?

Lucia: My inspiration comes from antiquing, watching old movies, gardening and hikes in the woods….

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Bellemaison: Slovakia’s national craft tradition is considerable and includes a  long history of gorgeous practices such as resistance dying, women’s ornately embellished clothing, weaving, painted homes, wooden architecture and carving. In what ways do these traditions influence your work? 

Lucia: I believe “modrotlač” or blue print is our national craft. It’s a negative block printing or a combination of printing and painting –and through the resistance process, beautiful blue and white fabrics are created.

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Images courtesy of Ludovakultura, Centre for Folk Art Production

 

Lucia: In fact, there are so many interesting festivals in Slovakia featuring national crafts, music, and food. As well, I am fascinated by our traditional costumes and decor and these elements come together to inspire my work.

 

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Image via Slovak folk costumes @ tumblr 

 

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Bellemaison: Tell me about the process of making your creations please? 

Lucia: I am the sole designer and creator of everything for sale, and I pack and ship everything myself from my home studio. I am a very busy lady (and mum)! Most of my items are hand-sewn with great attention to detail.

Halo Headband Vintage Lace by Lucia

I love how objects transform when pearls, beads and rhinestones are applied . I often hand-dye my feathers and fabrics. My flowers are made by hand, petal by petal, using traditional millinery techniques.

Image of the artist + a vintage photo of a woman embroidering via Slovak folk costumes @ tumblr 

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You can see Lucia’s creations on LuciaStofej Bridal Veils, Vintage Headpieces and Bridesmaids Jewelry) and visit Lucia as below too!


 

Learn more about the tradition of modrotlač through this incredible pictorial story

All images are the copyright of Lucia Stofej + used with her express permission for this blog, unless otherwise credited.