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Not gonna lie, this collab is a massive thing for me and the team at The Couture Company, collaborating with Kat from Rock n Roll Bride really is a dream come true!!!
We are so so super excited and proud to bring this
beautiful range of Bad Ass jackets and accessories to you.
Made in any size from 6 to 24,
Made in leather and Faux leather,
Made in England,
Made with Love and
Made for YOU
Having followed/stalked /fan girled Kat for nearly 10 years, I am sure you can imagine my glee when Kat messaged (after seeing some embroidered jackets we did) saying “we really should work on a Rock N Roll bride embroidered jacket” and “specifically with brides in mind, but for an investment garment that they could love, cherish and wear long after the wedding!”
OH YES PLEASE!!!
Here we have the results of many, many hours of hard work and crazy late night messages…
AND… not only that but we have some belts and brooches for you to accessorise your Rock n Roll wedding whichever way you choose \m/
OUR HISTORY TOGETHER
Back in 2009 I discovered an alternative universe in the wedding world!!! I found Rock n Roll Bride 🙂
I had always been a bit of a “fish out of water “ in wedding land. I set up my wedding business in 1992 after graduating from my fashion degree and fell into weddings if I am honest. I never dreamt as a little girl “ I wanna design wedding dresses for princesses” but circumstances after my dad passed away led me along a path to wedding land… So like I say I was always the outsider, turning up at my mum’s wedding shop in doc martins and a cut off t-shirt for my mum to tell me off saying “that’s not how a designer should dress” – bless her, quite a traditionalist she was at heart… I always tried to design crazier more colourful wedding dresses but ended up watering them down and succumbing to outside pressure to be “more commercial”… I wasn’t really feeling it…
So fast forward to 2009 and my discovery of a wedding blog by a cute pink haired weirdo called Kat Williams. I started emailing Kat in a stalker/fan girl type fashion, she kindly ran a feature on my business and we got some lovely comments and interest as a result. I followed her blog avidly each day to get my fix of truly amazing weddings and slowly we began to see more and more of our bride’s weddings featured on Kat’s blog, which was the absolute cherry on the cake for us 🙂
Photo: Steve Gerrard
One day I had the idea to do a tattooed wedding dress, putting old school retro style Sailor Jerry tattoos on a wedding dress which could be bespoke to the individual bride and her wedding. I was so inspired by Kat’s blog and also the amazing Amy Winehouse, so I messaged Kat to ask “ have you ever seen an actual tattooed wedding dress?”. “ Errr no not yet “ she replied… and with that I got my ideas together and worked with my embroidery designer Sally on a whole new world of bespoke wedding dresses and we designed our first Inkspiration gown.
My attitude was that I was not really bothered if anybody else liked it, I loved it and I wanted to see what it would look like, so it was a lot of fun creating it. Thankfully Kat featured the photoshoot we did for it and the rest is history! The INKspiration frock has had many outings in various tattooed incarnations at weddings that have been on Rock n Roll Bride… not only is it one of our favourite design’s but it’s also one of our best selling dresses of all time, so the lesson here is “ Follow your gut instincts”
I am most blessed that through Rock n Roll Bride I found my very good friend, amazing super human and now my business partner in the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, Sassy from Assassynation… the gift that keeps on giving eh????
I have met many many wonderful talented people in our weird wedding world and I am very happy to have found a place where people want and love the designs that spill from my brain.
So here we are nearly 10 years later, following up on an epic adventure culminating in The Rock n Roll Bride X The Couture Company collection 🙂
Read all the details and how to order here on Rock n Roll Bride !!! EEEEEK! Enjoy!!!
Thanks to Lisa Jane Photography for these wonderful photos
and Camera Hannah for our awesome film
and Sarah Russell for our Hair and Make up…so good 🙂
A while back we were invited to be part of an awesome and breath takingly bizarre shoot by our awesome pal Sassy at Assassynation, that girl’s brain goes into overdrive when it comes to creative and inspiring shoots and boy did this not dissappoint.
It was inspired, based and created around The Seven Deadly Sins,
Pride, Envy, Greed , Lust Gluttony, Sloth and Wrath,
and we were asked to create the outfits for LUST, WRATH and ENVY
LUST- Modelled by Nic was created using layers and layers of silk organza and tuile to achieve this awesome layered ombre look, we created the bodice with corsetry to really accentuate Nic’s curve and finished it off with some beautiful Bird of prey embroideries… the Headpiece is ourtattooed Rose design
ENVY- Modelled by Roughened Rosebud -was inspired by snakes, and team a beautiful sheer silk kimono with a sparkly hot pants leotard, finished and pulled together by an intricately snake embroidered belt. WRATH modelled by Taz was created by using many layers of organza and tuilles in the skirt, and finishing with a sheer organza full length coat finished with our Crowlskull accessory
The shoot was inspired to use and involved alternative suppliers, most of whom have at some part been Baaad Ass Mother Flockers at The Eclectic wedding Extravaganza
Suit for Greed – Frank from Urban Village Vintage Clothing
Pride’s outfit – Model’s own
Pride’s Headpiece – Hysteria Machine
Hair by Zarla I: @zarla_hair W: www.zarla.co
Wardrobe assistant – Yasmin Farrell
Photography assistant – Jason Jones
Wrath – Tarren Malham www.facebook.com/rubyloustattoos
Lust – Nic Smith F: www.facebook.com/songbirdtattooexeter
Sloth – Frazer Hooper
Envy – Roughened Rose Bud – Model
I: @roughenedrosebud F: www.facebook.com/Roughenedrosebud
Greed – Syluss F: www.facebook.com/transgentlemansguild
Gluttony – Vikki Lafford-Garside W: www.liliia.co.uk
…is that YOU???
We are looking for a SAMPLE SEWING MACHINSIT/SEAMSTRESS
To work as part of our awesome team on our alternative bridal creations J
PART TIME 14-20 hours per week
You would be required to work as part of our small team at our boutique/workroom studio in Digbeth, Birmingham
You must have a good general knowledge of garment construction , and have at least 3 years’ experience in Bridal/evening/lingerie/Corsets/theatre costume type fields and have worked regularly on Industrial sewing machinery , you should be able to neatly efficiently, perform the following techniques, piping, boning, french seams, roll hemming, overlocking, hand finishing, etc, and other aspects associated with bespoke bridal work. You may also be required to work with leather, as we make leather corsets and jackets.
Your work should be of a high and competent standard, it must be neat, accurate and well executed. You must be able to and want to work as part of a team as well as being able to work under your own initiative. You should be confident in your ability and be adaptable and flexible in your approach.
Part time Hours available 14-20 hours per week
(to be worked between Tuesday and Saturdays ,
these hours are flexible and can be split over a few days at hours between 9.30 -5.30, subject to discussion at interview)
Salary to be discussed around experience.
We are small design company who specialize in custom made bridal and corsetry, all our garments are made ‘in house’ and not outsourced or Home worked
Get in touch
Applicants must apply or enquire by email By sending the following:_
A covering letter
Your CV ,
Any good photographic examples of your work
*** Please note ***
We do not employ Home-workers
Your experience MUST be relevant to our areas of fashion
If your only experience is curtains/cushions/soft furnishings or Jeans work then we cannot take your application any further
If selected for interview, you will be required to perform a practical test to demonstrate your skills, this test could involve any of the techniques we have listed above.
Today on the blog we have the wedding of our gorgeous rockabilly bride Mel and her boy Lee, Mel was an absolute sweetheart to work with and was full of fun , crazy and kitsch ideas,
We created a design that was fun, comfortable and very Mel, we incorporated beade Swallows and a Mexican sacred heart into her design too..
Huge Thanks to Mel for this lovely testimonial and for sharing her gorgeous wedding photos with us 🙂
“The whole process of getting a dress from the Couture Company was perfect. The moment I walked into the studio I knew I had made the right decision. Jo was helpful and understanding throughout and every visit made me feel more confident, and each time I saw my dress coming together I got more excited to see the finished result. In the end, it was exactly what I had hoped for, and on the day I felt exactly as I should – like me! All of our guests commented on how the dress was perfect for me, and I felt like it too. I still get to wear a little bit of my dress now and again as one of the embellishments was made into a brooch so I could wear it as little memento, which is just lovely. Thank you to Jo and all her lovely staff for making such brilliant dresses! ” Mel xx
These gorgeous photos are with thanks to and copyright of Naomi Jane Photography