The brand new Evolution Collection from Claire Pettibone combines the designer’s vision of vintage romance with a free spirited modern boho vibe.
As you know, Claire is your go to designer for supremely beautiful wedding dresses and her Evolution Collection is inspired by the shift that occurs when a woman becomes a bride. Yes, she’s the same person, yet she’s also entered a new stage in her life which is part of her evolution. A time to celebrate, sparkle and shine in the most elegant way.
Heirloom embroidery styles and ethreal tulles, romantic modern three dimensional laces and metallic detailing all feature in some special way in this latest collection. And just take a look at the detail in the bodice of the Leila gown below and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Isn’t it stunning?
Let’s introduce you now to some of our hero pieces.
The Auora Gown
Before she was ever known as a princess, she was the Roman goddess of dawn. Aurora is made of French embroidered tulle in the softest shade of rose, sprinkled elaborately with gold sparkles that shimmer oh-so-delicately in any light, be it the first glimmer or dawn, or dancing the night away by moonlight.
The embroidery frames the face along a modest neckline, and the full sweeping skirt is just made for movement.
Not to be forgotten, the beautiful back features a plunging sheer layer of sparkle, and a cluster of hand-beaded flowers at the waist.
Shown here in Rose Gold lined in sumptuous double-face silk charmeuse in Platinum, it’s also available in several silk lining colours. This shimmering wedding gown can also be special ordered in Ivory with Silver sparkles.
The Chrysalis Gown
Truly a midsummer night’s dream the Chrysalis whimsical wedding gown is a paradise filled with blooming flowers and butterflies.
Layers of French ivory embroidery trail along the bodice and skirt, layered over the most delicate gold shimmer tulle…as if spun by fairies, it will catch the light in the most enchanting way.
The sky-blue flowers are further embellished with hand-tinted blush blossoms and all the butterflies are hand-tinted. Lined with chiffon, and pictured with a short nude under layer so that the cathedral length gown appears slightly translucent, you also have the option of a full lining for the skirt.
As shown in the Multi-coloured version, this gown can also be special ordered in all ivory with silver shimmer.
The Leila Gown
3 D embroidered Chantilly lace with hand-beaded floral appliques, Leila is the ultimate romantic lace wedding dress.
The sheath silhouette hugs your curves and flows into a dramatic scalloped edge cathedral length train. The sweetheart neckline is hand embellished, and the illusion sheer lace back will keep you stunning from every angle. Simply perfect for those over the shoulder photo shots too.
Shown in Ivory lace lined with sumptuous double-face silk charmeuse in Almond, the Leila gown is also available in several stunning silk lining colours.
The Nera Gown
We’ll start with the silk skirt, draped and effortlessly flowing into a cathedral length train, and now let’s get to the icing on the cake…that bodice!
French tulle embroidery with ivory, blush and silver threads designed in a very Victorian motif framed with a gorgeous hand-beaded keyhole back. Swarovski crystals, pearls, lace flowers and sequins, this back is quintessential Claire, and Nera is simply stunning.
Shown in Ivory with Blush flowers, this gown can also be ordered with all Ivory embroidery. The sumptuous double-face silk charmeuse skirt is shown in Pearl, and is available in several subtle silk colours.
The Soleil Gown
Shimmering like sunlight, the Soleil sparkly boho wedding dress casts an enchanting spell. Made of intricate French embroidered tulle generously sprinkled with glistening sparkles, the floral motif trails along the skirt and bodice to an almost off-the-shoulder illusion neckline with graceful flutter sleeves and a deep V-neckline.
The back features just a sheer layer of sparkles framing an open back trailing to a vine trimmed train. Lined with chiffon, and pictured with a short nude under-layer so that the skirt appears slightly translucent, you also have the option of a full lining for the skirt.
Shown in Gold, this gown can also be ordered in Silver.
The Vida Gown
The most delicate celebration of colour is intricately stitched throughout the Vida wedding dress.
Beautifully shaded yarns trail along the scalloped edge skirt and train, and along the high neck bodice. The sheer illusion back paints a stunning picture, and the graceful sleeves are trimmed with Guipure lace vines. For the finishing touch, the waist is accented with lace and an iridescent sash.
As shown in the Multi-colored version, this gown can also be special ordered in Ivory with Blush flowers, or all Ivory. The sumptuous double-face silk charmeuse lining is shown in Platinum, and is available in several silk shades.
Source for all images: Claire Pettibone