Drawing brides into their beautiful boutique by exhibiting a new and interesting window display, The Ivory Secret in Crediton is getting creative with some rather artistic flair!
Proprietor Eleanor wanted to share her offerings arising from her degree in Textile Design (Embroidery
and Surface Decoration), so decided to adorn the shop's front-of-house with a selection of her designs. "It also seems such a shame
to have them wrapped away and hidden in a box!" she explains.
Hanging her final degree project, you'll find embroidered and embellished shoe impressions floating down from the ceiling with a wedding dress either side. "I wanted to share these pieces with the public to showcase my skills and where my journey of bridal design began. The aim was to produce a collection suitable for the post French revolutionary period, based around the character Marianne from the 1996 Emma Thompson film, Sense and Sensibility - specifically shoe designs."
Reflecting the dress trends of the period that are also currently echoed in the latest catwalk collections, "I discovered through contextual research that lace trimmings,
couching, patchwork, beading, smocking, pleating and folding were very
significant decorative techniques of this era."www.theivorysecret.co.uk