Today a guest post from our gorgeous Little White Wedding Directory member, Crystal Heirlooms. Their ‘one-of-a-kind’ headdresses are carefully hand crafted with minute attention to detail. All of their designs are created around vintage jewels, silk flowers and antique lace and appliqué, each chosen for their quality and charm. They include rare original Edwardian pieces through to highly-collectable 1960’s gems.
Over to Fran from Crystal Heirlooms to share their art nouveau and art deco tiaras and accessories…
Crystal Heirlooms’ Art Nouveau and Art Deco Tiaras and Accessories
We, like so many of you, have found ourselves totally caught up with, and inspired by, the mood and beauty of The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey so we worked with two totally inspiring themes for our autumn photo shoot – Art Deco and Art Nouveau.
Although so close together in time, the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras are very different. Art Deco’s eclectic style first appeared in the 1920s and is characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation, while the Art Nouveau movement is full of natural forms, organic motifs and sinuous lines. As a wedding theme Art Deco provides a wonderfully opulent palette to work with, so little wonder that many brides and bridalwear designers are in love with this style. Designers are now also drawing inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement, wowing us with gorgeous floaty fabrics, demure detail, floral motifs and beautifully soft colours that all reflect Art Nouveau’s romance and beauty.
We are privileged to work with authentic and original pieces from both eras and find it difficult to decide which our favourite is. How about you? Are you attracted to the bold, svelte and vampish flapper girl or are you drawn to the delicate, romantic and utterly feminine Edwardian rose?
We loved working with Surrey photographer Sam and make-up and hair artist Paisley to create this enchanting photo shoot on a private estate in Surrey.
‘Grace’ (above) was inspired by an original 1920s bridal headdress that we came across during research for our new ‘La Belle Époque’ collection. It’s a beautifully feminine piece that will complement both Art Deco styles and the decorative Edwardian ‘Downton Abbey’ styles that feature in many designer bridal collections for next season.
The forehead band is of incredibly fine antique Tambour lace with a scalloped edge on one side and hand rolled on the other. At the side of the band is a cluster of frilly, peachy-pink vintage silk carnations dating from the 1940s. A posy of floaty pale pink ostrich and cocque feathers add the final and authentic finishing touch. We can make similar headpieces to order in ivory or pastel colours.
For ‘Thelma’ (above) we drew inspiration from the Art Nouveau decorative artist Alphons Mucha whose works often featured beautiful young women in flowing, Neoclassical gowns surrounded by halos of lush flowers.
This is a dramatic, one-of-a-kind statement headpiece featuring a sumptuous vintage French rose made of deep burgundy velvet which has been set onto a band of previously unused 1920s ‘metal’ ribbon. The rose sits on a rosette of new black lace and is embellished with a glittering Art Deco rhinestone jewel. Finally we’ve added an arresting spray of emu feathers in turquoise accented with black.
(Harriet’s original 1940’s vintage dress came from the USA and was sold to raise funds for Kings Vintage near Yosemite National Park, Colorado.)
The geometric styling and Egyptian influence of Art Deco couture are dramatically captured in the above mesmerizing and authentic period tiara. ’Medora’ features an exquisite 1920s dress jewel of dazzling rhinestones, all claw-set in an intricate filigree goldtone frame that has become beautifully mellowed with age. This glittering centre-piece is mounted into a sculptured frame covered with vintage Princess cut rhinestones dating from the 1940’s.
‘Medora’ has been designed to perfectly complement an Art Deco style wedding gown. It offers an exceptional opportunity to own and wear genuine estate jewels from that stylish and opulent era.
‘Silvia’ (above) is a truly unique floral headdress that echoes Art Nouveau’s natural forms and organic motifs. It’s made from several designer vintage pieces dating from the 1960s that form a beautiful garland of sparkling flowers, all surrounded by wispy strands of Swarovski pearls and crystal beads.
‘Silvia’ includes a rhinestone floral pin by Coro, two dainty silvertone leaves signed by Trifari, and two sparkling rhinestone flowers by Krementz of New York. There’s also a delicate little Dogwood flower encrusted with pale blue pave set Aurora Borealis rhinestones plus several tiny silvertone roses.
Photography: Sam Dorrington of Everlasting Moments www.everlastingmoments.co.uk
Make up and hair: Paisley Kemp of By Paisley www.bypaisley.co.uk
Headpieces and tiaras: Crystal Heirlooms www.crystal-heirlooms.co.uk
Model: Harriet Deering
Category: Fashion & Bling