Tuesday, December 29, 2009

No. 1: Honeychurch

I'm really excited to be launching my 2010 bridal collection, and while the formal lookbook is still a few days out, I think it's okay to leak a photo...every dress is named for a literary heroine (I know, I am a giant nerd). Chantilly lace and English tulle over silk charmeuse.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

For keep's sake.

Kelsey and I worked together last summer to create a new wedding dress from her mother's (read what we did here). She just forwarded these photos from her wedding, and I love everything about them--the colors, the composition, her hair (like she stepped out of a Botticelli painting). Congratulations, Kelsey.
Photography by Emily G.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The English Dept. on TV!

Myra over at Twigs & Honey just let me know that "our" television commercial is now making the rounds. We were honored to be chosen for one of a cluster of TV spots featuring unique downtown Portland businesses. We're featured in the "Shopping" segment. All of the ads are so, so witty and stylish. Cheers to Food Chain Films and the Downtown Marketing Initiative for showing our familiar little city in such a fresh, fond light. Go here to view our ad and here to watch them all.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Color 243 + me = love.

If you know me, you know I am a bit of a grey fanatic. My favorite New York fabric company has a pale, pearly, seashell-y grey silk that I believe was created for me to love. It has no name--unless you count 243--but it will always be oyster to me. So I was really excited when Erika ordered a version of my Honeychurch dress with my beloved oyster underlaying the lace and tulle. I do like her style.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Need a little party dress?

...has a Best of Portland guide, and they named The English Dept. one of their favorite boutiques in the Holiday Party Wear category. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I'm playing with this neckline idea of gestural details creating "jewelry" on the dress. Hard to get a decent photo in this rainstorm!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Remember summer?

After a week of freezing winds and apocalyptic storm warnings, I was thrilled to receive these photos of Emily's wedding. She wore my Keepsake lace dress and Dreamland silk organza bolero for a summer wedding that looked awfully fun (and enviably sun-kissed). Looking through the photos reminded me that yes, the sun will come back again. It will. It must!
And, of course, it was lovely to see the dress again. Ivory Alençon lace over silk duchess satin, silk shantung ruched sash.
Photos by Tom Oliver and Cameron Browne.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The 2010 bridal season has crept up on 2009, and I have started some new custom dresses. If they're all like Tasha's, it's going to be a smashing year. This very special dress is embroidered all over with 100-year-old guipure lace. This lace is all made from small pieces from my collection, cut apart and reassembled as a collage of blossoms. They've been hand-tinted and tea dyed to harmonize in color. The bodice will be fully covered in lace, tapering down the skirt in a scatter pattern to the hem. More pictures as it comes together.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow & Smoke

Really love these images Sarah sent me of her wedding--she wore my Snow & Smoke dress. English tulle over duchess satin.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chorus girls.

I finally stumbled upon these great portraits Lisa shot of all the participating designers at Content. I co-created an installation based on a 1930s backstage dressing room with the lovely Sarah of Lille Boutique. I think I kind of resemble a creepy doll in this picture (compare with Sarah--there's a girl who knows how to strike a pose), but this photo does really capture the scene. You can view more portraits here.

Release the hounds(tooth)!

I have had this fabric for years--1950s houndstooth wool in vivid magenta, scrounged long ago from some estate sale or other. Barely a yard, a bit shrunken and felted, but with its own quirky charm. The bitter winds and drab palette of winter oddly inspired me--I had a sudden passionate urge to make it into a tiny hooded shrug. I really had to dig to find that little scrap, since I never thought I would use it (never say never). I also never thought I'd like purple. Never, never say never. I think I have found my purple, and I am taking it on the town.