Interview with the Expert – Rebecca Williams from Pallas Couture

 

Interview with the Expert

 

Finding your perfect wedding gown is a rite of passage that all women encounter when planning their wedding.  It’s the most magical experience, and can be the most anticipated part of your entire wedding.  To help you be relaxed and prepared for your first dress appointment, we’ve chatted with Rebecca Williams from Pallas Couture – the international experts in couture gowns.

Enjoy x

Perth Wedding Planner

 

Jenn
Hello Rebecca, thanks so much for joining me here today!  Can you start perhaps by telling me a little about your role at Pallas Couture?

Rebecca
I work very closely with our design director Joy Morris in all creative and branding decisions for the company.  This involves working with brides to create their dream wedding gowns, overseeing the design and feeling of the Pallas Couture Collection each season, styling our photo-shoots, running the social media and managing the Pallas Couture brand internationally. I have just come back from a very successful New York Bridal Fashion Week and off to London next month. Very exciting times at the moment!

Jenn
So jealous of your job Rebecca!  What should a bride know if she’s considering contacting Pallas Couture?

Rebecca
We are a haute couture bridal house. Every gown is designed and made exclusively for each bride and her wedding day needs. With this mind, when a bride comes into the Pallas Couture studio, it is important for them to focus on the shape of their wedding gown instead of the embellishment (lace, beading etc.…). Once this has been selected, we can help then transform that silhouette into their dream wedding dress.   It’s also important to know that couture gowns are extremely involved with a lot of detail and require months of work – don’t leave it too late to book an appointment ladies!

Jenn
What are the main reasons why so many brides desire a couture gown?

Rebecca
It’s the ability to create a one-of-a-kind gown that is exactly what the bride is looking for.  A wedding is one of the most memorable moments of a woman’s life so it is imperative that the gown reflects her style and look for the day.  At Pallas Couture we think it is very important for the bride to add her own personality to the gown and we love collaborating with them to design the perfect gown for HER – and only her.  The fit is also very important – nothing compares to having a gown made to your exact measurements. A Pallas Couture gown will fit you like a glove and feel beautiful.

Jenn
We meet many brides who are considering investing in a couture gown.  What advice can you give these brides?

Rebecca
Book an appointment between 9 and 12 months before your wedding day, if at all possible. Pick only two or three designers that you feel you gravitate towards and choose the one you feel understands your vision and you feel comfortable working with. Having an haute couture wedding gown made for you is a once in a lifetime experience so you need to feel an immediate affinity and trust with the people you will be working with.  It is advisable to book an appointment 2 to 4 weeks in advance so you have the luxury of a choice of days and times available.

Jenn
Two important questions – who should she bring and what should she wear?

Rebecca
Sometimes on the first appointment it can be very beneficial to come alone or with one trusted friend or family member so that you can listen to your instincts and not be too influenced by other varying opinions. Nude coloured underwear always works best under our beautiful silk and lace fabrics.

Jenn
Do you prefer a bride to bring pictures of what she likes?

Rebecca
It is often best to come to your first appointment with an open mind, but if you do have some images of inspiration or a clear idea of shape and fabric that you wish to share, this can be useful to point your wedding stylist in the right direction.  It’s
 important that we have an idea of the location of the wedding and the time of year so we can offer our expert advice to make sure the wedding gown not only fits perfectly to the personality and body of the bride but also reflects its surroundings.  Most brides have an idea of what suits their body shape, however they have never tried on a wedding gown before. Try styles you would not normally try as you could surprise yourself.

Jenn
Rebecca, I’d love to talk about the creative process of designing the gown.  How many appointments are usually required and how long does it take to make the gown?

Rebecca
Once the silhouette has been determined and a clear vision of the design, a toile is made to the exact measurements and proportions of the bride. A further four to five fittings will follow to obtain the perfect fit a Couture dress offers.  
 Every dress is different depending on the complexity of the fit to the body and the extent of the hand embellishment. Sometimes we have to produce gowns very quickly for brides in extreme circumstances but there’s a minimum of six months needed to make the gown, and we book in appointments for the fittings ten months in advance — but no earlier.

Jenn
We frequently get asked if it is possible to make alterations to the design of the gown throughout the process?

Rebecca
The beauty of having a haute couture wedding gown is that the bride is included every step of the way. At the toile fitting all the major adjustments to the design can be made such as lowering a neckline or adding a strap or sleeve.

Jenn
So the bride chooses the lace and embellishments?

Rebecca
Absolutely!!  We have an extensive and exclusive collection of the highest quality of fabrics and laces from around the world. We will advise our brides to consider the drape of the gown when choosing the fabrics and each bride will meet with our skilled hand embellishers to determine where the lace is to be placed (if lace is to be part of the design). This is what makes each dress we make so individual – no two dresses are the same.

Jenn
It sounds like a fun and rewarding project.  How many people are involved in the creation and production of the dress?

Rebecca
Up to eight people are involved in the creation and production of a Pallas Haute Couture gown. It all starts with the designer whose inspiration is translated by the pattern cutter. The pattern is then sized by a Couturier who fits the toile and then a skilled fabric cutter turns the toile into the fabric of the dress. A seamstress will then sew the dress and finally the embellishers (of which there can be two or three working on a gown at any one time) will painstakingly place and hand sew lace onto the gown. Our production manager who is present at every fitting will oversee all of this.  All Pallas Couture gowns are made on premises by our Couturiers who use their many, many years of experience to deliver a gown perfect in fit and crafted to the highest standards.

Jenn
As we keep track of wedding budgets, I’d like to touch on cost.  What is the general starting point for a Pallas gown?

Rebecca
A Pallas Couture gown starts at $10,000

 

The top tips from this Interview with the Expert;

 

  • Wedding Planner PerthChoose a gown that you love, not what you think everyone else will love.
  • Go for something a little different and to listen to your heart.
  • Don’t over do it – less is definitely more.
  • Have an open mind during the design process
  • Plan your appointments in advance

 

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