Finding a wedding dress is for most women, the hardest things about planning a wedding. Events such as The Wedding Collective make this process a little easier by showcasing stunning gowns from a range of designers.
This year, The Wedding Collective featured a selection of gowns from leading fashion designer Toni Maticevski, who was the special guest of Queensland fashion label The Babushka Ballerina. Guests were able to see up close, the architecture of the designs created by these two talented designers.
Maticevski, a Couturing favourite, has truly mastered the art of dressing a woman. His gowns strike the perfect balance between romance and art.
Couturing was fortunate enough to interview Toni to find out more about his new venture Maticevski Bridal.
1. As well as your ready-to-wear line and made-to-order collection, you are now introducing Maticevski Bridal. Can you tell us more about this latest venture?
It’s been a long time coming. I have been working on private commission Bridal even before I launched Maticevski. I was thinking of what it was that most of my customers come to me for. Its that feeling of not being the ‘traditional’ bride. She likes things that are a little out of the bridal box. I wanted to create 10 looks that explored that. All very different and all inspired by the women that wear them.
2. You recently showcased a selection of your bridal gowns at the Queensland gala Wedding Collection 2012 Showcase alongside The Babushka Ballerina. How did this opportunity come about?
Katrina from The PR Gals had approached us with the opportunity. It looked like a wonderful platform to present the pieces from the Bridal Line.
3. As a designer, why do you think it is important to be involved with initiatives such as the Wedding Collection Showcase?
Bridal has been such a staple of my business and one that I enjoy greatly. So being involved in The Wedding Collective where the industry and brides planning their wedding get a chance to see the latest in wedding planning and design made sense.
4. A woman’s wedding dress is arguable the most important dress she will ever wear. What process do you undertake to ensure you create the perfect gown for each bride?
I like my bride to be at ease with the whole wedding. It’s a big day and big event, but there’s nothing more draining than a bridezilla. I have been so lucky and have had so many beautiful brides come in, and to know that they are in love with their dress is such a wonderful part to bring to that day.
5. Your designs push the boundaries of fashion. How do you incorporate that element into wedding gowns, which are typically more traditional in style?
Some brides are very traditional, but want a bit of fun and modernity. So sometimes mixing fabrics and contrasting textures adds different layers and takes it away from the dull repetitive styles of most other brides. I like bringing an element of red carpet to their dresses too.
You can find out more about The Wedding Collective here.