The Castigliano signature style is understated and effortless.
Q & A WITH CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO
How have your designs developed over the years?
The Castigliano signature style is understated and effortless. We are widely recognised for our clean cut lines, beautifully engineered with the finest of fabrics. My collections have evolved over the 28 years, the overall signature and feel is very much the same, however, I have developed many new techniques with complex corsetry to enhance the feminine figure and fuse contemporary and classic styling. I believe a wedding dress is forever, therefore I want my gowns to transcend time.
What is it you love most about creating a couture gown?
I love creating couture gowns. When I see a bride who wants a completely special gown made uniquely just for her, this is quite an incredible experience and a real honour. Many times when I have created couture gowns it has been about sourcing very special fabrics, designing laces and bead work. Many different elements will come together to make it a one-off gown representing everything the bride has ever dreamt of.
What advice would you give to brides searching for their dream dress?
My advice to all brides, do not take lots of people with you and go for days out trying on hundreds of dresses, this creates confusion and usually frustrates and upsets the bride because everyone has a different opinion, and often different to the bride. Take someone with you whose opinion you truly value, who understands you as a person. Before you try any dresses on, make important decisions about the vision you want to create for your wedding day that maybe you want to be traditional in your style, romantic, classic or contemporary, really consider the words that describes the overall vision your friends and family will see when you arrive on your wedding day. Then consider the investment you want to make in your gown and research the differences between a manufactured brand in a man-made fibre and a standard size or what will be referred to as a designer gown in luxury fabrics often made to measure and certainly made for you.
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