Claire L. Headdon Bridal Designs

There are a few important days in our lives that will stay dear to us forever and one of them is your wedding day, which should be an amazing experience on every level.  And for us ladies, your perfect dress should be a part of that journey too!

Claire L. Headdon Bridal Design gives us a little glimpse of her beautiful bridal dresses and business in part 4 of Taylor & Porters 'Cornish Artisan Story'.

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Tell us about your business:

The new Organic Bridal Collection is created using only sumptuous organic and fair trade silks, making it feel even more divine to wear and with the eco conscious but also fashion forward bride in mind.

It was designed to be a small capsule collection, staying away from fast fashion and large yearly collections it consists only of the essentials, which are easily customisable and can be built upon to create your own eco-friendly and bespoke bridal look.  Focusing on versatility and the longevity of the gowns, they were designed with the perspective to be able to re-use, re-design and to pass on to others.

What is your workflow process?:

All wedding gowns and separates are handmade by me in my studio in Cornwall, which means I know exactly where everything has come from, I see everything through from beginning to end and it means everything that is created has that extra special care before it leaves the studio.

I’ll start by gathering inspiration and sketching, then I’ll develop the design by creating several toiles (mock-up garments) and start fitting to a body, making sure the fit and design is perfect. Brides also have the chance to know exactly where the product has come from, where it’s been designed, what materials were used, what went into creating it and to make sure it’s perfect before they take it home. 

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What kind of clients do you work with?:

I am lucky enough to work with brides who want a gown that is slightly different, who usually have an ethical perspective in mind and who perhaps can’t find what they are looking for elsewhere. Making a wedding gown from the very beginning of the design process means the bride has an amazing opportunity to change design features to suit what she wants, and often small changes can make all the difference, changing a neckline, lengthening a sleeve or adding lace appliques.

Where do you find inspiration?:

At the moment my main inspiration is from the beautiful silks that I’m using, letting them flow and fall naturally and letting them do the talking. I often work straight onto the stand or mannequin, seeing what works on the physical form and playing with proportion.

I love designing with a ‘less is more’ approach, which is why I believe fabric choice is so important as it creates the overall feeling or character of a gown. Most importantly I believe good design should accentuate a brides personality, their style and who they are, and when better to do that then on their wedding day. 

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What challenges have you set yourself for the next 12 months?:

I am a huge history nut and often spend my free time researching and reading about historical fashion. I have stacks of swaying books at home on all sorts of subjects: corsetry, haute couture fashion, Art Deco fashion, Victorian fashion and even Tudor fashion. I feel it is so important to continually learn, to remind ourselves of the amazing talent that people had, and the amount that people knew about their craft in the past.

I am also incredibly passionate about promoting eco-friendly products and processes within the textile industry. It’s about understanding the importance of every item of clothing that we have and choose, and how it affects the bigger picture. Bringing the focus back to real craftsmanship, deciding to take more care with the choices that we make with our clothing and also choosing to buy into artisans who are perfecting their craft. 

 

 

Styling, Planning and Photography: Taylor & Porter | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Bridal Designer: Claire L. Headdon Bridal Design

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl