We’re all giddy here at Britain Does Vintage, as not only is Charlie Brear (formally the Vintage Wedding Dress Company) having a sample sale (which is hot off the press!!), but we have an interview with the brands creative director, Charlie Brear herself!
Charlie, inspired by her love of vintage silhouettes from the 1900s to 1970s continues to WOW the vintage wedding industry with her simply stunning gowns, each exquisite design exudes vintage glamour and femininity.
Charlie Brear Interview
Do you have a top tip for the dress quest?
“The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your dress on your wedding day and therefore it is essential that a bride chooses a dress that flatters her body shape. It is so important to feel glamorous, elegant and special on your big day. Many brides think that they have to go to lots of shops to find their dress but this can often make the search more difficult. I would recommend picking your top 3 boutiques that you want to visit and only look elsewhere if you cannot find what you are looking for. It is key for brides to be decisive during their appointments and shouldn’t be swayed by other people’s opinions.”
How and when did VWDC by Charlie Brear first start?
“The idea for VWDC by Charlie Brear, formerly The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, started after I styled a huge commercial in Italy and we sourced 100 wedding dresses for one of the scenes. I wanted each girl to look unique and stylish so I began to source vintage gowns rather than new wedding dresses. After the shoot I created the central London Showroom. Whilst selling vintage pieces I realised that there was a huge demand for era inspired dresses that looked and had the essence of vintage but were new and made in softer, more luxurious fabrics so I began designing my own collection.”
What era captures your adoration the most for it’s wedding fashion?
“It’s difficult for me to choose my favourite era as every one has such interesting features. Edwardian lace is so lavish, the handwork on each piece is exceptional. For high-octane glamour I turn to the slinky 1930s and 1940s styles. These eras create a real feel of old Hollywood opulence. The fantastic cut and fluid lines means that this style flatters every figure. And last but by no means least the 1920’s- what can be more exciting than a flapper dress! The relaxed dropped waistline and all of the beads and fringing was revolutionary back then and is still a true showstopper today.”
Charlie’s Designs featured in Miss Wedding and Elle Marriage Japan
Appearance in a Lancome Advert
Thursday 19th September is the all important date… Charlie Brear’s Sample Sale! Original vintage dresses and accessories starting from just £150! The sale is by appointment only, so for your chance to own a one-off piece for your special day call 0207 907 7719. If you can’t make Charlie’s sale, we’d love to see you one of our vintage and handmade wedding fairs.
We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x