Bridal Trends and Alterations

THE IMPACT OF BRIDAL FASHION TRENDS ON BRIDAL ALTERATIONS. Bridal dress trends are often greatly influenced by iconic, memorable gowns of celebrities like Grace Kelly in the 50s or Princess Diana in the 80s. The upcoming Royal wedding in May this year will set another incredible landmark in the world of wedding dresses and the bridal industry. Vogue speculates that Victorian Erdem and Antonio Berardi might be involved in the commission and is asking for a brave fashion statement, along the lines of some of John Galliano’s styles, as Megan’s choice of bridal dress. We can’t wait to see it!

Until the Royal secret will be unveiled, bridal styles seem to be a continuation of the diversity of 2017 – a modern, fashionable take on classic bridal wear, more colour, 3D floral embellishments and deep V-illusion necklines complimented by illusion sleeves. Bohemian glam, twists on vintage, delicate lace dresses, sleek, sculptural couture tailored by hand in heavy silk satin as well as minimalist bridal wear are still dominating trends; an eclectic mix of styles where each one has its place in the context of current bridal wear. It has been suggested more glamour and glitz is coming through our door and more brides are deciding to have their neckline restyled; being conscious about not revealing too much by a deep V-illusion or a strapless bustier. Off-the-shoulder dresses, soft-sweat-heart necklines or an added application of lace (in order to avoid too much sheer) can be beautiful solutions.

What to a bride must seem as an endless ocean of choices is for us as bridal alterations and tailoring experts an endless challenge of providing the skills and abilities to make sure we can fulfil the requests and dreams of our brides whether it is an alteration of a couture dress where hems are hand finished, a highly demanding dress corset alteration or the extravaganza of French seams on a beautiful lush slip dress made out of a light silk satin. Our idea of a professional alteration is that applying your individual measurements should enhance a garment whilst making sure the original finish, style and proportions – key features to your garment’s integrity – are maintained. 

B&A Bridal alterations 

Shortening and lengthening – from the hem, from the waist – machine and hand finished 

Taking-in and letting-out – any type/style of dress including corseted dresses 

Narrowing shoulders – re-tailoring of a dress 

Sleeves alterations – adding, taking off, restyling

Strap alterations – adding, shortening, lengthening, restyling 

Restyling necklines – adding layers of lace 

Adding bustles to make your dress manageable in the evening 

Restoring, restyling of vintage and retro bridal dresses 

Bespoke bridal wear – bespoke mother of bride wear


* Please note that if you are looking for a dress, which can’t be found anywhere, B&A has a dedicated made to measure department for brides and mother of brides. Please do get in touch should this be of interest to you. 

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