I’m very lucky to have gone to school with some seriously talented women. Recently I’ve been obsessing over the absolutely beautiful bridal collections being created by my former classmate Sandra Banken who launched her brand, Elvi Design, with her mother Birgitta in 2011.
I’ve been wanting to write about Elvi Design for so long, I’ve never seen anything like the pieces Sandra and Birgitta have been producing and I’m so excited to share them with you!
The Perth-based label has become increasingly well known for their vintage-inspired couture gowns – each individually designed and tailored to ensure every bride looks mind blowing on her wedding day.
Bespoke weddings (which I am LOVING) have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. Style conscious brides in search of something more are shunning the traditional bells and whistles in favour of whimsy and and retrospective romance; two themes that inspire Sandra and Birgitta.
I was lucky enough to grab some of Sandra’s time to ask her a few questions. Have yourself a read:
Do you draw inspiration from any designers, international or Australian?
Absolutely, I draw inspiration from 1950’s Parisian haute couture designers such as Dior, Balmain and Balenciaga but I also love the slinky, bias cut designs of the 1930s by the designer Madeleine Vionnet. I admire the innovation and construction behind the garments of these bygone eras.
What are your thoughts on the emergence of the DIY/bespoke/vintage wedding trend?
I love it! I feel it’s the one day you have the opportunity to share your relationship with those closest to you, why wouldn’t you want to personalise the occasion? There are so many different ways to incorporate your personality and creativity into your wedding, I’m constantly impressed by the various bridal blogs publishing real weddings. My piece of advice for ‘DIY’ brides is to make sure that you have someone to put it all together for you on the day, either a friend or a stylist that can create your vision. You don’t want to be running around on your wedding day, you need that precious time to relax and prepare yourself for the afternoon celebrations.
What does the future hold for Elvi? Do you have plans to expand to the east coast?
We’re currently working on a new couture collection, we’re playing with lots of new elements and shapes. I’m using my current clients as my inspiration, they are often looking for something different, so it always encourages me to think of a new design. Due to the nature of our business, being made-to-measure/couture, it makes it difficult to expand to the east coast. We often work with east coast brides if they visit Perth regularly for fittings. Once we have established our couture collections, I would like to design a ‘ready to wear’ collection that could be sold over east. I’ll keep you posted.
And we will be waiting for that news with baited breath!
Have a peep at some delicious photos snapped by photographer Christine Lim. I also went to school with the bride, Jess! Isn’t she divine.
For more images of Sandra and Birgitta’s gowns, pop over to here.
Tea length wedding gowns are available for purchase from $1850 and full length gowns start at $2650.
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