Designer Of The Week: Lisa Cochrane
Dragonfly Dress Design
Lisa has a background in costume design having studied performance costume designs and worked in theatre for more than 10 years. She has worked in all sorts of productions, from musicals to period pieces. While she loved the pace and excitement of theatre, her step into Dragonfly Dress Design has allowed her the freedom of her own business. Her background though has sparked her passion for vintage styles. She’s still excited by the timeless looks that a classic design can create.
Dragonfly has been going since 2007, where it started in West Lothian, before moving to Glasgow’s West End in 2009. Her current studio provides a cosy welcoming environment where her clients can spend their time choosing their perfect dress, style and colour, surrounded by beautiful gowns and vintage nick-nacks.
In her own words, “This really is my dream job: I spend my days working with stunning fabrics, helping brides unlock their own creativity and making dresses that will become part of a family history.”
Her dresses reflect her vintage ethos and she has come up with an ingenious modular approach to bespoke dress making.
The dresses in this shoot, were inspired by the Golden eras of the 1940’s and 1950’s. She took these basic shapes and styles from original vintage dresses and re-designed them with a cleaner modern look. She also cut the dresses in a way to give that vintage feel but still flatter the modern figure.
The idea behind this collection is to stock a range of basic 1950’s shapes that can be re-designed, customised, altered and added to. Working with each bride to create their very own 1940’s or 1950’s inspired wedding dress, at an affordable price.
It is also possible to mix and match styles, if you like the top of one dress and the bottom of another, no problem! You can add sleeves, details, lace overlays, chiffon or tulle overlays and all these dresses are also available in full length. The tops of this collection can also be mixed with the skirt shapes of the Deco collection. So let your imagination lead you and don’t forget your petticoats!
Lisa accompanied us on this shoot and her enthusiasm for her chosen styles really shone through as she helped style each model’s look for the day.
The Burnhouse Manor Hotel where this shoot was shot is a little gem in North Ayrshire, providing a function room that can fit both ceremony and reception, outdoor areas and decking and a nice large bridal suite. Their wedding co-ordinator won the Vows Award for 2013.
Cherished Crystal Bouquets kindly loaned us some fabric and brooch bouquets for the shoot.
Think you have now found the dress? Go to www.dragonflydressdesign.co.uk to book an appointment.
Models – Charlotte, Kirstie and Claudette
All makeup by Katherine Yardley