Today I am delighted to share the new Collection from Sabina Motasem, inspired by the early 1900’s and beautifully showcased in a fabulous shoot.
One of London’s best kept bridal secrets, Sabina Motasem Bride has teamed up with London’s most sought after wedding venue, Eltham Palace, Greenwich, one of the UK’s finest examples of Art Deco, as the backdrop for six brand new vintage inspired, elegant wedding dresses alongside two bestsellers – perfect for the style conscious bride.
Eltham Palace and Gardens can host celebrations for up to 420 people. Bespoke packages can be tailored for couples to select a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces to create their perfect day. Rooms include the stunning Entrance Hall with its magnificent domed ceiling, the sumptuous Italian Drawing Room and dramatic pink, black and silver Dining Room. The adjoining Tudor Great Hall, part of King Henry VIII’s childhood home, offers an impressive stately setting for larger weddings and celebrations. The Art Deco Entrance Hall, with its domed ceiling provides a striking area for a drinks reception whilst the impressive medieval Great Hall is ideal for dinners and dinner dances, with music adding to the unique atmosphere from a minstrels gallery. With a sunken rose garden, Japanese rock garden, cascades, fountains, pools and beautiful lawns, the private grounds also provide an amazing setting for guests to enjoy.
Sabina Ali, creative director behind Motasem, spent several years working in design, production and graphics in fashion and media before starting Motasem.
In 2005, she received commissions to design a simple and elegant wedding dresses. They were a huge hit and other orders quickly followed. There was clearly a gap in the market and the idea for Motasem was born. In the summer of 2006, Sabina won an award on the New Entrepreneur Scholarship and was selected to showcase her collection at Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile museum.
The following year saw the Aurora and Alaya dresses grace the red carpet at the premiere of the first Twilight film. The Alaya dress is a highly flattering bias cut cowl neck wedding dress, a popular style of the last two years, is perfect for those yearning for a Pippa Middleton style wedding dress. Motasem is the middle name of Sabina Ali, meaning “having an attractive and imposing appearance suggestive of health and strength; good-looking and beautiful”.
Head designer at Sabina Motasem Bride, Sabina Ali, found inspiration for the new collection from the style and glamour of iconic performers at the Folies Bergeres in 1900s − 1930s Paris.
The slinky, understated dresses complement the opulent and decadent Art Deco interior perfectly and styles brides tend to wear at Eltham Palace for their weddings. Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, society millionaires who used influential designers of the period, created Eltham Palace as a high status home consisting of a series of elegant rooms, reminiscent of Hollywood-style glamour.
The use of geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes in an understated luxurious fashion, mirrors the style of Sabina Motasem Bride dresses, making Eltham Palace the perfect backdrop for the new collection and a sensational venue to plan a wedding.
Sabina Motasem wedding dresses are understated, great value, simple and elegant.
Brides can select alternative details like different necklines, sleeves, colours and accessories. A sample collection is available to view during appointments at the Islington studio, London and is priced between £900 – £1750. Dresses can be altered to fit, made exclusively in the UK and delivered within two months throughout the UK and internationally. Shorter timescales are possible.
Cabaret – A fitted stretch duchess satin dress, with assymmetrical pleated skirt and train, V shaped neckline and capped sleeves.
Colette – Strapless, stretch duchess satin wedding dress worn with a matching shrug with fishtail shape skirt and train.
Josephine – A draped cowl neck backless dress made from a luxurious heavy crepe. Available in ivory, vintage cream and soft pink.
Loie – Empire line crepe silk dress with beautifully pleated satin bodice and centre front panels and contrasting matt crepe on the body. Available in ivory, vintage cream, soft pink and oyster (dress in photo is oyster colour).
Yvette – A strapless full skirt dress in stretch duchess satin worn with a separate full 50’s style petticoat.
Thank you to Sabina for allowing to share her beautiful collection, a glamourous and eclectic selection of gowns to suit any Bride.
To Contact Sabina Motasem
Phone: 07788 713 714