Were there quintessential fabrications that you and Edwina wanted to experiment with when creating Nadia’s bridal looks? How did these fabrications inform the design?
Adrian Norris, Aje Co-Founder: Over the years Edwina and I have come to celebrate our core signature fabrics, because we know how they will react when we experiment with shapes. For Nadia’s bridal dresses, we could not look past silk taffeta. Although we had an array of fabrics in mind from a linen silk combination to crinkle silk linen, we landed on silk taffeta as it had all the characteristics we desired. We could seamlessly create volume as the tightly twisted yarn allows it to retain its shape, it has a beautiful sheen and is also lightweight so the dresses could also be functional for the special occasion.
How did Aje signatures of voluminous dresses and sculptural details influence the design process for Nadia’s two bespoke wedding dresses and her expectations for a bridal look?
Edwina Forest: Anyone who knows Nadia will appreciate that she is very headstrong and decisive. In terms of her fashion likes, she treads a perfect balance between classicism and adventure. She came to us with some very considered ideas around details she wanted her dress to embody, and we worked together to weave the Aje loves of volume, sculptural form and nonchalance with these in order to come up with a creation that was romantic, dramatic, playful, and cool - in effect, the dress was a personification of the bride herself, through an Aje lens.