With a design background that has seen her train under such fashion legends as Alexander McQueen, it’s a given that Catherine Blades’ bridalwear is anything but predictable.
Having spent the past 20 years refining her couture dressmaking skills, she has mastered a mix of traditional and modern techniques, demonstrating her innovative mastery through exquisite gowns crafted from luxurious fabrics and exquisite embellishments.
The wedding dresses that Catherine creates are not just beautiful big-day designs; they are cutting edge, wearable pieces of art.
And who doesn’t want to look like a masterpiece at their wedding?
Embrace the Process
Nestled in the Hampshire countryside, the Blades Studio is where this couture designer can work her magic: creating gorgeous gowns for babes who are seeking something truly extraordinary to wear for their nuptials.
Passionate about bridalwear and honoured to join her brides on their wedding journey, her design ethos is bold and brave, but also nurturing and caring.
“Each dress evolves with the love and respect I have for my brides and what we’re creating together,” Catherine explains.
“Part of this job is to instil confidence and allow a safe space to be authentic.
You may be a bride for one day, but you can learn to love and accept yourself every day.”
The five-step design experience begins with a relaxed consultation to discuss inspo, shape, fabric and trimmings, as well as pricing.
The next phase is a three-hour toile fitting, where finalising tweaks can be made to the overall design.
The first and final fittings are followed by the collection, where the bride-to-be will be provided with the dress and a hand-drawn illustration to mark this special shared experience.
You need only look at the moving testimonials of previous clients to know that Catherine is an ideal companion for your bridalwear countdown.
A Cut Above
From fits-like-a-glove lace sleeves to satin sweetheart necklines and bead-strung backs to impeccably corseted bodices, Catherine’s portfolio reveals a talent for versatility, an eye for exquisite fabrics and a gift for figure-celebrating silhouettes, ensuring that each and every one of her muses looks like a goddess on their special day.
Simply put: this is a whole different level of eleganza, and we’re living for it.
Mermaid glamour is our aesthetic, so this shimmering showstopper of a dress is perhaps the bridal fantasy we didn’t realise we had.
Blue wispy tulle, feather fringed shoulders and layered scallops of shimmering iridescence all make for kick-ass bride tribe leader vibes.