A Phillipa Lepley gown is the epitome of elegant bespoke design. Combining refined grace, timeless beauty and perfect artistry, a Phillipa Lepley couture wedding dress seamlessly blends precision technical construction with impeccable styling.
Enhancing the feminine form is at the heart of each couture gown. Famed for crafting immaculate corsetry that sculpts the silhouette to perfectly define in all the right places, creating a Phillipa Lepley gown is a work of art that has been distinguished over three decades. The formula is unrivalled, meticulous and world renowned. Each dress is skilfully hand-crafted in London at the Chelsea atelier using the finest fabrics, such as lavish Italian Duchess satin, intricate French lace and custom-made Swiss embroideries. Phillipa Lepley is particularly celebrated for producing the most dazzling in-house-designed bespoke hand-embellishments, which can be incorporated into any couture dress or veil.
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This season presents a fresh take on the classic Phillipa Lepley aesthetic. Exquisite fabrics and ornate embellishment take centre stage to create a collection featuring glittering Swarovski bodices, sumptuous flowing silhouettes, alongside hand-worked floral stitching and decorative ornamentation.
Phillipa’s exceptional talent for sourcing the most sought-after one-of-a-kind fabrics has inspired the design house’s brand-new collection. Highlights include beautifully wearable pieces such as a 1950’s style coat dress created using opulent Duchess Satin, sculptural lines with bespoke embroidered overlays and slinky gowns crafted using floor-sweeping satin. Showstopping elements are reflected on romantic voluminous pieces embroidered with delicate floral motifs, in the prettiest pastel colour palette, echoing wild blooms loved by Phillipa such as peonies, magnolia and jasmine. Hand-crafted veils are adorned with maiden hair fern, fountain grass and cosmos, styled to wear over huge crepe dresses with high neck detailing. As ever, with each Phillipa Lepley collection, balance and proportion remain at the core of each creation.
The new Phillipa Lepley collection reflects the contrast between fabric and silhouette: flawless hand-embroideries of delicate meadow flowers and fine sparkling embellishment are juxtaposed with bold shapes, regal necklines and fairy-tale ballgowns.
Striking, clean and classic – this season introduces a variety of styles from cleverly cut chiffon dresses, grand off-the-shoulder shapes with bounteous skirts to magnificent sculptured Duchess satin. Phillipa Lepley’s in-house craftsmanship takes precedence, featuring glamorous, but girly hand-stitched bodices bejewelled with shimmering aged Swarovski beads and oversized pearls. Detail is also drawn from botanical influences reflected on beautiful hand-embroidered floral tulle – sourced exclusively from Switzerland and crafted into the most magical statement dresses. The result; a dreamy reinterpretation of the brand’s signature presentation of innovative and luxurious couture wedding gowns.
A bespoke Phillipa Lepley gown is a triumph of British design and craftsmanship. Attention to detail and perfectionism are paramount: using classic tailoring techniques, sophisticated in-house hand-embroidery and bold thread-work, every Phillipa Lepley wedding dress and evening gown is scrupulously crafted by hand.
Phillipa Lepley source the most exquisite fabrics and work with the world’s best artisan mills, all with the same quality ethos and commitment to producing excellence. Back at the London atelier, from numerous fittings and the creation of two complete toiles, each and every stitch is calculated and refined on a client’s specific measurements to ensure the dress sculpts the body and optimises definition. The aim: to create a spectacular gown of timeless beauty where fit, balance and proportion are fundamental to each design, crafted so precisely and thoughtfully for each individuals shape. The Phillipa Lepley team are carefully trained and directed by Phillipa herself to craft and deliver nothing short of perfection.
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 clients, from the use of a favourite flower within a design to the hidden embroidery of significant initials or dates. Every person is different, and will suit a specific style, colour and boldness of embroidery – swatches and sampling ensure this perfect balance is achieved. If a client is particularly interested in specialist techniques and components, the Phillipa Lepley team can develop truly one-of-a-kind couture embroidery designs.
A Bespoke Phillipa Lepley veil is as extraordinarily beautiful as the dress and crafted using the finest French silk tulle woven with ancient techniques on specific 200-year-old looms in the middle of France. Any embroidery is in-house designed, completely custom-made and all hand-worked.
Every element of a floor-sweeping Cathedral length veil is a complete couture masterpiece. From the unimaginable precision placement of each bead, twinkling crystal or hand-crafted lace motif, to custom embroideries for veils, featuring a brides favourite flowers or personalised hand-stitched monograms or messages, each veil is created to be treasured. A bespoke veil is made for the bride to complete the story of her look, where the veil balances and enhances the dress underneath. For an embroidered dress, the needlework on the veil would be placed to flawlessly sit alongside the detail of the gown and lace edged veils are cut to seamlessly frame the train of the dress.
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 client.
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, simplicity is the ultimate in luxury couture and our fabrics suit them just as well as those seeking an elaborately embellished, voluminous princess dress.
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 client.
A custom-made corset is the foundation for every dress, meticulously tailored to each person’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 dress service ensures that every client walks away with a one-of-a-kind couture creation, designed to flatter and flow with every curve of her body.
The beauty of bespoke wedding and couture dresses lies in an absolute commitment to perfection. During the course of multiple, meticulous fittings, each one a joyous and exciting affair, a client’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.