‘Nostalgia’ is the new 2013 collection by Cornish based designer Annalise Harvey. I have been desperate to feature this collection on the blog, ever since viewing a few sneaky samples at a Vintage Wedding Fayre back in October.
Nostalgia describes ‘a sentimental longing for the past’, and the collection certainly evokes this feeling. The collection is formed from six beautifully unique dresses, each one designed with particular decades from the 20th Century in mind. The purpose behind the collection is to reclaim vintage; at no point does it feel contrived or stereotypically ‘vintage’. Each dress features fashion from the past, but in a contemporary style to suit the modern bride.
The shoot for the collection took place in two beautiful locations in Cornwall – Crantock Church and the Rose in Vale Hotel in Mithian. The images were captured by Ashley Hampson who specialises in reportage wedding photography, and operates from his base in Falmouth, Cornwall. Ashley has encapsulated the essence of the collection and looking through his portfolio of work, I would highly recommend visiting his website if you’re looking for a wedding photographer.
Annie specialises in couture techniques, and the new collection is made almost entirely from silk. You can see the superb detailing, and hand crafted lace throughout each design. Her garments have been described as ‘breathtakingly beautiful works of art’, and I would be inclined to agree.
The shoot was artfully styled by makeup artist Ella Butler and hair by Keeleigh Remnant. With a fuller skirt, and scoop neckline, the model in Grace is wearing a minimal amount of makeup with a slicked down hair style, and lets the dress speak for itself. Evangeline has an edgier vibe in this image, and has been styled with a smokey eye. This would be perfect for a simple, boho wedding for the alternative bride to be, but also has hints of the Downton 1920’s shape.
Greta might just be my favourite dress from the collection, although it really is hard to choose from this exquisite range. If you’re opting for Hollywood 1930’s glamour, then look no further. The plunging neckline and metallic central detail all contribute towards this wonderful figure hugging, sleek design.
Shot in the hauntingly beautiful church, Angelique is elegant with more’ traditional’ shape compared to some of the other dresses in the collection. Angelique is slightly ruched on the bodice, with a delicate belt detail.
The final dress in the collection, and I adore the woodland styling, is Rebecca. The intricate lace detailing on the sleeves epitomises the care and attention that Annie puts into every design. You can rest assured that you will always receive a premium standard of finishing in any Annalise Harvey gown.
Prices for the Nostalgia collection range between £600-£2100 and are available direct from Annie’s studio in Cornwall, which is about to move into some exciting new premises! Part of a new collaboration between high-end Bridal businesses, and dubbed the Princes House Collective, Annalise Harvey will soon be situated in the historic Princes House, a stunning Grade 11 listed Georgian Mansion. You can keep up to date by finding Princes House on Facebook.
About the designer…
Annalise Harvey trained at Central St Martins and London College of Fashion, says “For me, it isn’t about creating a wow dress – the wedding isn’t about the frock! Central to all my designs is the bride, and her gown must reflect who she is and make her feel at her utmost best, because if she feels that way, she will look that way. I see the dress as the perfect frame for the beautiful woman that the groom has fallen in love with”.
There is an understated elegance to all of Annie’s designs, and you can see how her ethos transfers into her dresses. Annie has enjoyed a varied fashion career, working as a costume designer for contemporary dance and classical ballet, as well as producing costumes for London Dance House, Sadlers Wells. She moved to Cornwall in 2010 and decided to launch her bridal collection which has received nothing but praise from the industry ever since. Annie was recently named Wedding Designer of the Year by Cornish Brides Magazine, and won the South West Award for Dress Design in the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards.