I find it really important to support and encourage emerging new talent so today I am thrilled to share the beautifully made and exquisitely crafted designs of Hannah Wilkins-Webb.
Hannah creates her own collections of Bespoke Bridal Wear, and is based in Shropshire.
I had a wee chat with her about her, and her exciting new Business,
Who are you, and what do you do ?
“Hello I’m Hannah, I finished university last year with a 1st class honors degree in Fashion Design from Birmingham City University, so I have just turned 23 this past June.”
“I design and make bespoke Bridal wear, Evening gowns and Occasion wear based in my studio in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.”
Why, and when did you start your Business ?
“I started my business around December/January this year after 6 months of leaving university, during that time I was looking for Junior design jobs but most required 3-4 years experience.”
“During my final year at uni I had specialized in design for performance which had taught me to created bespoke garments, and as I had always been interested in the higher end of the market rather than ready-to-wear, starting you my own business creating bespoke pieces seemed the right way to go.”
“I enjoy designing and bringing the design to life and starting my own business meant I could create bespoke/ one of pieces with the hand embellishments and detail that ready-to-wear garments lack.”
“Wedding dresses in particular allow you to be more extravagant and make beautiful gowns that are truly unique and special.”
What inspires you ?
“My inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. Although I do love you watch period dramas mainly for the costumes, when dresses were hand made with intricate detail, beautiful fabrics and such femininity that capture the romanticism that has been lost in our day to day clothing.”
“I’m often inspired by different cultures through the ages from different parts of the world; from the extravagance of oriental clothing, simplicity and free spirit of the native Indian tribes to the colour and vibrancy of African people.
What trends do you see coming through and does this influence your work ?
“I see simple and classical elegance making a come back in Bridal wear, more flowing and less structured. Although saying that each designer has their different styles; from romantic, classic, vintage to designers that follow more current trends which then becomes what they are renowned for, making their own individual stamp in the industry.”
“Current trends don’t necessarily influence my work, I often have ideas that come to me spontaneously of shapes/styles and colours that would work well together. I think trends are important but most brides want something classic with a slight modern twist and something unique so they do not necessarily follow current trends.”
What is your favourite design, and why?
“My favorite design would have to be between the 50’s style dress (which I have called Belle) and the long floral gown (Jasmine) yet they are both so different.”
“Belle is fun, young and makes me feel like dancing in it to Eddie Cochran with the hooped skirt swaying from side to side. On the other hand Jasmine is so romantic with roses and petals cascading down the train making it so dream-like and fairy tale.”
Whats your greatest achievement ?
“As for my greatest achievement…. I will see how my career goes and get back to you!!”
What do you see as the future of your Business ?
“In the mean time I am focusing on building a successful bespoke Bridal and Evening wear business in the hope that one day I will be able to expand and launch a ready-to-wear collection while continuing to create bespoke gowns myself.”
Thanks you so much to Hannah for sharing her story and breathtaking work.
To Contact Hannah Wilkins-Webb
Image Credits – PB Artworks
Shoot location was the stunning Patshull Hall a rambling private home set in stunning surrounds in the farthest corner of Staffordshire….just a few short miles from Telford.