**The secrets behind the perfect bespoke wedding dress**

Enrica Amasino, a talented young Italian fashion designer based in Amsterdam is sharing with us the secrets behind the creation of the perfect bespoke wedding dress. Read on and you will understand how much work and dedication is involved in ensuring you look like a princess on your wedding day!

“I work in a boutique bridal studio and we pay a great deal of attention to the bespoke design of a wedding gown as it is important to create the perfect fit according to different body shapes.

The work of a fashion designer is not only all about crafting skills but also creativity and, most of all passion. Passion for fabrics and the desire to touch them in order to understand the effect they could create on the skin, the desire to engage in shaping the most beautiful dress and eye-catching design.

A custom-made wedding dress should, not only fulfil the bride’s dream of feeling like a princess for a day, but foremost, it should represent the designer’s dream of creating something unique for a unique person and a unique event.

When designing a wedding dress you must take into consideration that it might require multiple layers of delicate fabrics and details rigorously hand-sewn to the main body of the dress so the word to keep in mind for a seamstress is PATIENCE! There are different stages of designing a wedding dress. The first thing to do is to plan the design process. Next, it is important to choose the most suitable style in accordance to the customer’s body shape and preferences, and finally it is crucial to choose the right fabric and make an estimate of delivery time for the finished gown. The typical time frame for creating a bespoke wedding gown ranges from two to four months maximum including the fitting sessions, usually four. The first trial is made on a fabric gown called “the trial test” and relates to the assembly of the various parts with a rough stitching. Subsequently, the bride can try it on for the first time and, in case of alterations, we use pins and pencil markings to adapt the model. The second trial involves the assembly of the pieces of the chosen fabric with a normal stitching. At this point the bride can have a second trial. If the result does not meet all of the client’s requirements then the dress will need more alterations. If the second trial goes well then the third and fourth stage of designing the gown will follow: these are the most important ones as they require concentration and a firm hand due to the type of delicate fabrics and details the gown is made of, such as laces, sequins, buttons, pearls and so on. During the third and fourth stages there will be two more fitting sessions and then we move on to the pressing and labelling of the gown followed by the final delivery to the lucky bride-to-be with complimentary lingerie!”.