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What does having your wedding dress custom-made mean?

Having a Gown custom made

A custom-made wedding dress or evening gown is one which is made for an individual order, it is essentially, a one-of-a-kind garment, hand sewn with the highest attention to detail for personalized cut, fit and finish.

As this is a garment individually designed and made for you alone, it’s important to be open to the process, so be prepared for your ideas to evolve,

“It’s great to have ideas of how you envisage you want your dress to look when you first meet with us, for example: what shapes you gravitate to and are more comfortable wearing, what necklines you find most flattering, etc… so we encourage you to bring images and references” say designer Yan Pothin, “however, be prepared for those ideas to possibly change or be challenged, as in essence that why you are choosing a Couture Designer to create your gown, an expert who can guide you through the process to achieving something uniquely stunning! ”  After that first meeting with Yan and once you have secured your place with a deposit, Yan takes your design ideas and translates them into a clear vision of your dress in sketch form, ” this is an important part of the process” say Yan “it’s a chance to discuss the details of the design and be clear that we are both on the same page.” Yan’s philosophy , as he say’s is that,

“Creating a bespoke gown is a very individual, personal and creative experience, and like most creative endeavours it should organically evolve and not be boxed in by set ideas, so, be open minded and prepared for change, allow yourself to be open to fabrics choices, silhouettes and patterns that you may not have considered before and be prepared to have a dialog with your designer, as my aim is to achieve the most beautiful and flattering garment that suits you and your unique style.”  also as part of the service at Soma Couture Yan will shop with his clients to ensure they select the right fabric, lace or trim for their design, he says, ” I really love taking my customers fabric shopping, sometimes the pressure of choosing the right fabric on your own can be overwhelming and being there to assist them with making the right choice can ease that pressure, also it’s an exiting and fun process that allows the clients personal taste to shine through.

I truly value the journey I embark on with each and every client, it’s a real joy to design such special pieces of clothing, as every client is different, so every dress is different, my focus is to ensure that at the end of the journey, I have provided my customers with an absolutely  stunning outfit, a one of a kind, one that will showcase their personal style and reflect their dreams for that special day!

Yan Pothin