I get overly excited when I discover talent across borders; thousands and thousands of miles from me. Coming across Elbeth Gillis from Cape Town, South Africa obviously falls into this criteria for major excitement. Being in the wedding industry for 16 years, Elbeth has made a name synonymous with detailed crafted bridal couture. Each year, Elbeth personally designs awesomeness and this year was no different with the combination of timeless glamour and contemporary twists found in this 2013 collection.
“The new collection is inspired by spring and is lively and fresh. It features meticulously crafted petals and blossoms, laid over soft tulles and the finest silk chiffons. Imported French Chantilly lace details provide accents, emphasizing the bride’s shoulders and back. The lace motif is continued with delicate cap sleeves and covered buttons, adding a demure elegance. These beautiful gowns are embellished with light and airy trims, including fine bead work, pearls, crystals, and diamante and soft bows in the waist.”– Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth explains the process:
Once we have an idea of the dress, we’ll send through a detailed sketch showing all the elements. We will also give you a price in the currency of your choice and confirm that we have the space in our schedule. A delivery date will be agreed.(The cost of this dress will be around R9000.)
We require a 50% deposit on all orders, which can be done via direct transfer, either locally or internationally. The balance needs to be paid before the dress is sent off to you. We are able to arrange for the delivery of dresses anywhere in the world and will quote a price for this separately so that you know exactly what you are paying for.
Starting on the Dress We will send you a detailed sketch of the measurements that we need to make sure that we get these as accurate as possible. We do make allowances for changes in size along the way but please take the measurements carefully and check them before sending them through. We will courier samples of fabrics and handwork options if necessary, so that you get to see exactly what you’re getting.
From there I make a mock-up dress of which I send pics of to you … small changes can be made at this stage as well if necessary. Then we get going on the dress itself …
Keeping you Posted We will keep you posted throughout the design and make-up process. You will get regular pictures by email and small changes can be accommodated until the final fabric is cut.