Saturday, 22 March 2014

The studio showroom.....

Chartreuse and copper pink......
Depending on mood and my current shade obsession I like to mix up the colours for a co-ordinated display in the studio showroom.....

French grey and frosted apricot.....
Peaches and cream....
One constant though is my little shrine to the 3 patron saints of the studio,
Elvis, Oscar Wilde, and Byron, where little offerings of jewels, feathers, and peanut butter (that last one is mostly for Elvis) are left.....

Sunday, 26 January 2014

'Ivy'....1920s inspired design in graphite grey lace and pale pink silk satin

Graphite grey lace and silk satin 1920s style evening dress by Joanne Fleming Design

Grey silk flower and feather embellishment on 1920s inspired evening dress by Joanne Fleming Design
The gorgeous hand-made real silk flowers with crystal and pearl centres are the work of Rose Garden Accessories

Sunday, 19 January 2014

'Tamara'.....flower-strewn tulle ballerina wedding dress

Flower encrusted bodice of tulle ballerina length wedding dress by Joanne Fleming Design

The second in the trio of embellished tulle designs inspired by, and named after, Balanchine's 'Baby Ballerinas' of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s.
Here is 'Tamara', after Tamara Toumanova, the 'Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet', so-called because of her ebony hair and pale almond skin....

Sunday, 12 January 2014

'Irina' .....embellished tulle ballerina wedding dress

Appliqued floral tulle ballerina wedding dress by Joanne Fleming Design
This is the first of a trio of designs inspired by, and named after, the 'Baby Ballerinas' of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Heavily embellished tulle is layered over silk organza for this flower encrusted strapless ballerina length wedding dress with matching cut-away back bolero....'Irina', in honour of Irina Baronova.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Belle Epoque elegance..... 'Gabrielle' in silk velvet and embroidered tulle

Edwardian inspired design by Joanne Fleming Design

Delicate tracery in platinum and dull gold on nude tulle was the perfect foil to the sinuous drape of honey-coloured silk-mix velvet, and I decided to use this luxurious combination of textures for a wedding gown inspired by the Edwardian silhouette....

Silk velvet and embroidered tulle

Like 'Lily-Elsie', this design is named after an iconic beauty of the London stage from the early part of the 20th Century....the glorious Miss Gabrielle Ray.

Friday, 27 December 2013

A Year in Design.....2013

A run-through of some of the many designs commissioned from the JFD studio over the past year. I've enjoyed designing, and we've enjoyed making, every single one of them here in the Brighton studio....but there are too many to include them all, so this is just an over-view......more can be seen by looking through the galleries over on the JFD Facebook page.....

Thursday, 19 December 2013

'Katya' chiffon wedding gown with silk flower corsage bodice

Ivory silk chiffon wedding gown with over-size silk flower bodice by Joanne Fleming Design
This design was a re-visit to an archive design of mine from about 8 years ago....all I had to remind me was this blurry image (below) of a never fully-realised prototype.....