facebook-profile-picture By Rebecca
http://www.soyouregettingmarried.com/2015/07/21/behind-the-scenes-with-melanie-potro-bridal-couture-uk-wedding-blog/
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Melanie Potro in her bridal shop at the Oxo Tower overlooking the whole of London. Melanie has been a long term supporter of So You’re Getting Married for a number of years now and we adore her work. Today I’d love to give you a little look behind the scenes at how a couture wedding gown is produced, everything from the inspiration, sketches, mock ups to corsetry and fabrics. Every dress is bespoke at Potro and made to your measurements – the philosophy being that a couture gown should make you feel incredible.In the wedding industry we see hundreds of photos of dresses each week but a lot of the time we don’t get to find out about the men or women who have designed them. What makes them tick? Where do they get their inspiration from? So when I went to visit Melanie Potro I wanted to ask her a lot about her background instead of just looking at the beautiful gowns.

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Potro grew up in Germany and from a very young age she would be playing around with different pieces of material and embroidery. Both her Mother and Grandma were designers so she grew up with an appreciation for making and designing beautiful clothes. If she wanted a dress then she would have to make it. She then studied for a business degree as well as a dress making degree and found herself working with Costumes. For the past eighteen years though she’s been in the world of weddings designing bridal gowns. She prefers to work with real people and ‘what greater honour than to make a wedding dress, I want to make women feel a million dollars’ she said. Her real speciality, a lasting legacy of her work with renowned German costume makers Das Gewand for the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera is corsetry. She likes to provide support and comfort for fuller figures and add curves for boyish silhouettes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found Potro to be an old romantic at heart, she loves being based in London as she gets to meet couples who have come together from all over the globe and wants to hear their stories. She gathers inspiration all the time, it could be a neckline on a dress she spots on a woman when walking down the Southbank that becomes the base for a new dress, or it could be a tiny swatch of lace that she comes across. She’ll sketch up new designs and pin material to the paper. It’s a constantly evolving process. And hidden under the lace or satin, you’ll find her magic structure in the corsets. I loved seeing her corset mock-ups {which are like the skeleton of the dress} and sketches and having a stroke of the incredible bridal gowns. There’s something for everybody with long dresses, 50s style shorter gowns, lace, satin, buttons, bows, peplum, sleeves, off the shoulder etc.

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The way she works is incredible {and truly talented} that you’ll struggle to find with a lot of designers these days. On your first visit, whether you choose a dress out of the current collection or want to create something totally bespoke, every single dress is made to measure. So on your first fitting, over twenty different measurements are taken and a toile in cotton is made up for you to try. Once this fits perfectly then work will begin on your actual dress. Nothing is off the shelf and then altered, it is all made from scratch especially for you. The dresses are all made in London but Potro has travelled around Europe to source French lace and gets all of her corsetry supplies from Germany.

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You can view the current collection online here on her website. She also has a Facebook and Pinterest page that are worth checking out. If you’re in London then you can go and visit her boutique in the Oxo Tower and arrange an appointment. Potro recommends visiting 6-8 months before your wedding day. Prices start from around £1500.

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Have you chosen your dress yet?

R <3 xx


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