via Vogue.co.uk: FINDING the right inspiration for a bespoke wedding dress may not always be a straightforward process but, for Peter Dundas – the man behind the Roberto Cavalli Couture gown that Ciara wore to marry Russell Wilson at Cheshire’s Peckforton Castle last week – there was an obvious element to be taken into account.
“Ciara wanted to feel like a princess, which is also her middle name,” Dundas said of the inspiration behind his design. “She liked the idea of several layers and was open to many of my suggestions, such as the wheat motif in the embroideries, which symbolises prosperity and happiness.”
Dundas – who is a close friend of the singer and model (making it “extra exciting”, he revealed) – also shed light on the impressively short time frame that it took to create the couture gown.
“I sent the first sketches to Ciara about four months before her wedding,” the designer said. “We had four fittings with her: two in New York, one in Milan and one in the UK, besides several fittings without her.”
Dundas is no newcomer when it comes to designing dresses for a special day. As well as creating bridal dresses for friends and family, he famously designed the floral gown that Poppy Delevingne wore for her celebration in Morocco in 2014 and, last week, Ana Beatriz Barros wore a bespoke Roberto Cavalli sequinned dress for the evening party following her nuptials. So, who are his favourite fashionable brides?
“I actually don’t pay much attention,” he admitted, “but I loved Giovanna Battaglia’s dress for her Capri wedding. I was also very happy with the dress I did for Poppy even if it was my own design.”