Once upon a time, on a little hill in a young woodland in Wales, there lived The Wedding Dress Maker...

My name is Emily James. I have always made clothes. I am fascinated by our relationship to clothes, the way they can make you feel and the memories they can hold. Clothes are an individual, creative medium of self expression, a communicator, a comforter and protector, a confidence builder. I love the magic of two dimensional shapes becoming three and the alchemy of a design being given life by its wearer - becoming more than the sum of it's parts.

In all of my work I am conscious of minimising waste. I believe that natural fibres are better. I have a deep and powerful love of old, handworked textiles - within their threads is held a connection to the people and their lives that have gone before us. A beautiful and delicate fragment of embroidery can become part of a dress bodice or bolero collar, or a silk painted scarf may form a secret lining...

During my full-time mummy years, I had the great honour and fortune of designing and making  two wedding dresses for my sister and sister-in-law. Free from the shackles of tradition, and empowered to make their own choices in life, they wanted dresses to reflect who they really are; dresses with colour, dresses to dance in, dresses that felt special but could still be worn with boots. 

Through this personal, creative, confidence building process, I discovered what a wedding dress could be and that this was an experience that I wanted to offer again and again

 

Previous work

 ...(before stopping to have some full time mummy years)

The dresswear designer and creator for 'llynfi', a couture collection of sustainable, ethical womenswear made from British wool and organic cotton and linen. www.llynfitextiles.co.uk

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