the first Kate in the weddings world

Wedding dresses… such a minefield of styles, fabrics, budgets, sleeve lengths, structures, shades of white, necklines, lengths, layers, trains… If you don’t have a set idea to start with, where on earth do you begin?

If you know enough to be sure you want something different to a strapless, long white dress that seems to be the safe bet for many, then Halfpenny London from Kate Halfpenny could just be your breath of fresh air. Kate’s bespoke styles combine timeless elegance, delicate details, vintage inspiration and sumptuous fabrics to create truly stunning, different dresses. Her friend and model, Emilia Fox, for whom Kate designed her wedding dress back in 2000, quotes, “she can knock you up the dress of your dreams, hand-make the flowers for your veil, design the sparkler for your engagement, make you a necklace… It is Kate’s personal touch which makes her so gifted as a dress designer.”

With a textiles MA from Central Saint Martins, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Kate. While she is in New York designing costumes for Rihanna and working on her project with Erin O’Connor,, we’ll just have to keep looking and longing, and waiting…to see what Kate does next.

Halfpenny London Collection starts at £2,500 upwards. Vintage dresses start at £1500 and there are thirty one-off styles that can be bought or altered to fit. Prices are ex VAT.

Dresses shown above:

Georgina short silk tuille dress with lace sleeves and trim and navy silk sash and flower

Sarah 1920’s cowl and tie back – satin back crepe

Vera backless with antique lace back – silk crepe

All imagery copyright (C) 2010, Halfpenny London

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