Why I Make Wedding Dresses with a Story

Anna grew up surrounded by fabrics and patterns and pins. Both of her grandmothers were seamstresses, and so was her mom. When she was little, Anna would be given the extra scraps of fabric, which she would use to make outfits for her dolls.

Anna is Armenian, and says that Armenians like to party. Oftentimes she would end up making many of the dresses she would need for all those crazy parties. She discovered she had a talent for whipping together beautiful pieces on the spot. She thought about designing other types of clothing, but for her it was all about the dress.

She says, “A beautiful dress makes a woman feel her best. When I wear a great dress, I feel very feminine, but also empowered.”

Anna discovered five ‘feel-good’ dress styles and then started making them in white to create wedding gowns.

“Within six months, I had developed five styles that were similar to dresses I had created for myself over the years. These styles were flattering and made me feel good because they hug you in the right spots and don’t hug you in the wrong spots. They’re sexy, yet tasteful. Now, when I work with a bride, we choose the style that flatters her most and go from there.”

Many brides that Anna works with bring something significant from their past to embroider into their wedding dress, whether it be their grandmother’s old pearls, their mother’s veil, or even a note they received as a child.

Anna has even taken the vintage wedding dress of a bride’s mother and used parts of it to make a whole new dress. “I think it’s so important to have a part of your past with you as you move forward, especially for something so special as your wedding.”

She says, “When creating a dress, I often combine some of my vintage materials with something significant that the bride brought in, or use organic silk and hand paint it. Whether the bride wants something simple or elaborate, my goal is to make something that is very special to her.”

Anna herself will be getting married soon, and now, she’s working on her own dress.

“For my dress, I’m combining two vintage pieces that I really love. One is a vintage kimono, and the other is an elaborate, embroidered cotton piece that’s very translucent and beautiful.”

Anna centers her designs around the idea of transformation and becoming your best. For her, she feels that clothing can help you do that.

“When we put on something that makes us feel really good, we can become that good, we can be at our best. That is something I hope to always put in the dresses that I make for myself and for others.”

If you love vintage and want a dress that truly reflects you, visit Anna’s web site for ideas or information on how to work with her.


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