The Gown worn by Madeleine Havell-Rogers
I met Madeleine four years ago . She was modelling at a photo shoot I was invited to attend with a team of very creative individuals organised by professional photographer Marie Man. The event location was at Wood Chester Mansion in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Madeleine didn’t wear one of my gowns that particular day but we were all working towards a similar brief which was to create alternative imagery for the wedding industry, to display our work and to inspire others.
I get invited to many shoots and so have to be selective . This day was pivotal at that stage of my career because I met some amazing people which resulted in incredible photographs, long term friendships , creative development and then more recently, having the privilege in being asked to design and create Madeleines wedding gown!
Our paths have crossed a few times since that day of the shoot. Madeleine is a professional model and actress. I had asked her if she would be interested in modelling some of my corsetry work for a shoot with well established photographer and lighting expert, Damien Lovegrove . Vicki Waghorn was our make-up artist at Berwick Lodge Hotel.
In the Autumn of 2015,Madeleine visited my work room and described her dream wedding gown.
We discussed shades, fabrics and styles to suit and enhance Madeleines beautiful and curvaceous silhouette.
I sketched out several design options for Madeleine to think about . I suggested she go for a slightly alternative shade. She expressed that she liked Oyster shades but after analysing the options we ended up with a combination of Dove Grey silk Duchess satin for the bodice and under skirt, ‘crystal’ silk satin Chiffon and ‘sea-pearl’ satin chiffon for the floaty layers of the skirt section.
Her criteria of details to include, were to enhance her waistline, a flattering hourglass bodice shape and a very floaty skirt with a split vent for her beautiful legs to show while Being a corset specialist I was able to offer her a built in steel boned corset which would be concealed beneath a top layer of pleated duchess satin.
The following images are a development from toile stage to the final dress over 3 to 4 fittings: