Every bride should stand centre stage on her big day, in a breathtaking couture gown. Phillipa Lepley’s timeless designs, fairytale styling and attention to detail breathe life into a bride’s fantasy dress.
Renowned for its astonishing hidden corsetry, a Phillipa Lepley dress is custom-made to enhance the bride’s figure, sculpting her silhouette to perfectly flatter in all the right places. Each dress is delicately handcrafted in London at the Chelsea atelier using fabrics of the finest quality, from luxurious Italian Duchess satin and intricate French lace to tulle uniquely embroidered as delicately as lace and in-house-designed embellishment. Displaying unparalleled artistry, each Phillipa Lepley couture wedding dress showcases the epitome of elegant bespoke design. Scroll down and uncover perfection…
15TH CENTURY FATHER OF ACCOUNTING
Hand-worked flowers scatter over dresses like a garden in a dream… Fall in love with the charms and colours of Mother Nature, which inspire Phillipa Lepley to dream up fairytale wedding dresses.
The intricate, delicate details found in the natural world, which provide a source of delight and inspiration for Phillipa, take centre stage, in the form of hand-embroidery and beading in exquisite floral designs. Timeless styles, with voluminous tulle skirts, gathered waists, high necklines and signature internal corsetry, are the epitome of elegance. The shapes are inspired by couture houses of the 1940s and 1950s, with contemporary designs embellished by bespoke detailing that is drawn and stitched by hand in London.
Clean lines, sculpted silhouettes, balance and proportion are of utmost importance, resulting in a beautiful, completely bespoke dress that is a true labour of love – without mathematics, there is no art.
Symmetry has been used in the collection’s most feminine wedding dresses and matching veils to beautifully subtle effect. Floral motifs, drawn and embroidered onto tulle by hand, cascade down satin bodices and full, layered skirts. Accents of seed pearls and tiny crystals add twinkling details to each exquisite look. Any element can be tailored; perfected by Phillipa is tulle embroidered so delicately it gives the appearance of lace, with each petal uniquely placed according to the bride’s shape and preference.
Exquisite embroidery of unparalleled quality requires an exceptionally talented team. In Phillipa Lepley’s London atelier, nimble fingers sketch, stitch and sew; creating, as if by magic, true labours of love.
Each bespoke embroidery design can incorporate personal touches that continue to delight brides, from the use of a favourite flower within a design to the hidden embroidery of significant initials or dates. Every bride is different, and will suit a specific style, colour and boldness of embroidery – swatches and sampling ensure this perfect balance is achieved. If a bride is particularly interested in specialist techniques and components, the Phillipa Lepley team can develop truly one-of-a-kind couture embroidery designs.
Intricate floral appliqué, sophisticated beading and lace work of the very highest quality are created by hand in the Chelsea atelier, in designs and patterns entirely unique to Phillipa Lepley, and each bride.
Shimmering tulle twinkles with pearls, and beading cascades down like rain. Delicate, feminine flower petals are sewn by hand onto tulle, a highly skilled task. The result is a work of art that from afar may look like lace but is a unique embroidered tulle design bespoke to Phillipa Lepley. Classic, clean draped designs and slim, body-sculpting skirts allow details, such as buttons, beading and pearls, to shine. Add subtle sparkle in the form of a glamorous, embellished element, such as an elegant hand-worked veil or jewel-encrusted lace bodice.
Phillipa Lepley uses only the most luxurious, sumptuous European materials, from smooth Italian Duchesse satin and classic silk tulle to elaborate French lace and the lightest satin organza.
In dreaming up her exquisite gowns, Phillipa Lepley pays great attention to the choice and combination of fabrics – the quality and nature of each one determines the overall shape of every dress, and its impact. For some brides, simplicity is the ultimate in luxury bridal couture and our fabrics suit these brides just as well as those seeking an elaborately embellished, voluminous princess dress.
15TH CENTURY ITALIAN ARTIST
Subtle, body-sculpting corsetry is an art form, and one that Phillipa Lepley and her talented team have perfected over three decades, resulting in the most flattering of silhouettes for every bride.
A custom-made corset is the foundation for every dress, meticulously tailored to each bride’s unique shape over the course of several fittings. The atelier’s highly-skilled seamstresses create specially designed corsets that can reduce the waist by a minimum of two inches, ensuring the most beautiful silhouette and a dress that fits like a second skin.
Phillipa Lepley’s bespoke wedding dress service ensures that every bride walks down the aisle in a one-of-a-kind couture creation, designed to flatter and flow with every curve of her body.
The beauty of bespoke bridal couture dresses lies in an absolute commitment to perfection. During the course of multiple, meticulous fittings, each one a joyous and exciting affair, a bride’s body is used as a guide, millimetre by millimetre to create the line most suited to her shape. Every dress is handmade in London and develops organically during this time. Phillipa Lepley and her team offer unparalleled expertise and service, combined with a passion for design and an incredible eye for detail. A bespoke couture gown is unique, unforgettable, breathtaking, the very epitome of elegance – everything a bride hopes the dress of her dreams will be.