Monday, September 8, 2014

Bridal Couture by L’Wren Scott

L'Wren Scott with friend JoJo Cohen, whose wedding dress she designed. Photo by Elizabeth Messina.

I saw an article last week in the Daily Mail about the one and only wedding dress ever designed by L’Wren Scott, who died this past march. It was commissioned by her friend JoJo Cohen and L’Wren collaborated with both milliner Stephen Jones, who made the veil, and the Royal School of Needlework in London, who embroidered the dress. The Royal School of Needlework, you may remember, also did the embroidery on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. They do stunning work.

Look at the embroidery! Photo by Elizabeth Messina.

More amazing embroidery can be seen as the bride gets help with the zipper! Photo by Elizabeth Messina.

JoJo was one beautiful bride! Photo by Elizabeth Messina.

The dress is gorgeous and appears in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

The Fall 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

At the end of the article there was also a short video, which broke my heart, showing L’Wren’s excitement at working with the ladies of the Royal School of Needlework. It was filmed in January of this year and L’Wren seems so happy, so joyous to see the dress in its various stages of creation that I find myself, once again, at a loss to understand why she would take her life.

Instead of focusing on the way in which L’Wren died, however, I remain devoted to admiring the beauty of her work, as well as that of the supremely talented ladies of the Royal School of Needlework. Those women are divine!

You can see the Vogue video, “A Tribute to L’Wren Scott,” by clicking here.


GSL said...

I do like L'Wren Scott's work and thank you for alerting us to that charming video as I've never heard her voice before...hard to believe she would take her own life just a couple of months later.
That wedding dress is about the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Jill said...

Hello GSL! Isn't the dress stunning? And all the embroidery of wisteria on the gown is similar to what was featured in her last runway collection, so it's obvious that it was still very much on her mind. I loved the video so much and yet it made me so sad to see it, knowing she is gone. I wish she could've gotten herself to her studio, or something, something (!), to break the state she was in and remind herself of the beauty of the world and the beauty of her own work. XO, Jill

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Such a sweet and sad post...she was very talented and you can see it here.

rosie said...

Beautiful post. The gown is spectacular. The detail is pure artistry.

A description of the gown in the NY Times Wedding Section said the three butterflies that were embroidered on JoJo's train were to symbolize her 3 three step children, whose mom had passed away from colon cancer in 2011. Sounds like she'll be a wonderful mom to these children.

Its hard to believe that L'Wren looks so happy in that video and less than 2 months later she took her own life.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Stunning dress. I do believe it is possible to experience joy and sorrow simultaneously. I think it must be harder than we realize to reach out because of a lack of general understanding.

Anonymous said...

That dress and veil are both breathtakingly beautiful. I can't get over the embroidery!
Unfortunately we will never know what went on in her world and her mind at that time so all we can do is celebrate her achievements as you say.

theduchessofh said...

Simply exquisite. I'm not sure I can bring myself to watch the video.

Jill said...

Hi Pam, I agree, L'Wren was so very talented and I'm glad she was able to give one lucky lady a beautiful wedding gown! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I only read that NYT article about JoJo's wedding after I put up this post, what a sad story about those kids losing their mom and she wanting to find her husband a new wife before she died! Wow! I love that L'Wren incorporated the butterflies to symbolize the groom's children it was a beautiful touch. And you're right, L'Wren looked so happy in that video, I was stunned to learn it was filmed in January of this year! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Becky, what a beautiful and heartfelt comment. I could not agree with you more. I think in L'Wren's case it must have felt impossible to reach out for any kind of help since she was connected to such a famous person, and had become famous herself. It still makes me so sad to think about how alone she must've felt. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi SPD! Isn't that embroidery breathtaking? I think L'Wren was a unique designer and I just want to celebrate the work she left behind, it really speaks to me on many levels! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Duchess of H, the video is heartbreaking because she looks so very happy to be in her element of working with others to create a gorgeous dress and veil for the bride. It makes me wish so much that somehow she could've returned to that state of mind, even for a moment, in order to get herself through rough times. XO, Jill