A few weeks ago I discovered The House of Ian Stuart; how that brightened up my day. I have always admired Ian Stuart’s bridal dress designs – such an amazing designer. So working on the basis that they can only say no, I asked if I could take some photographs of the dresses and find out a little more about the designer Ian Stuart. I was delighted when Charlotte, Ian’s assistant asked whether I would like to meet Ian – of course without a doubt!
The House of Ian Stuart is now an exclusive flagship bridal house “The Blewcoat”, located in Caxton Street, Westminster. The Blewcoat was built in 1709 as a school for the poor. It was used as a school until 1926. In 1954, it was purchased by the National Trust who used it as a gift shop and information centre. In 2013 Ian Stuart was granted permission to refurbish the interior to house his bridal gowns, special occasion wear & evening gown collections. When I first walked into the Blewcoat it was definitely a WOW moment. The original chandelier looks so amazing and such a feature to an amazing bridal room. What an amazing display of beautiful wedding dresses.
I am really inspired by someone who is so successful and was interested to hear from Ian how he can become so successful and what the Ian Stuart brand of dresses really meant to him. It was such a pleasure to meet Ian and felt really blessed he had taken time out of his day to meet with me. Ian has such a passion for his designs and really does know what looks good to make a girl feel good and enhance their best features.
I love the theatrical feel to Ian’s bridal dresses with beautiful colours and textures. Ian believes that creating a beautiful wedding dress is ensuring that the it is beautifully made from inside out. There is a unique construction to the gowns and with amazing fitted corsets, any bride feel amazing wearing an Ian Stuart wedding dress. All the fabrics for Ian’s dresses are sourced in London. One dress really stood out for me ‘Summertime’ – loved the colours and beautiful embroidery.
Ian’s ‘Mother of the Bride’ range of dresses are fantastic and any mother-of-the-bride would feel amazing wearing one of Ian’s dresses.
Every dress that Ian designs is so unique and each dress is named to give the dress a personality. This year’s collection is titled Runaway Rebel and what an amazing collection of dresses to showcase at the fashion shows.
So I asked where Ian would be in 10 years from now. He would love his Blewcoat bridal house to be well established providing a diverse range of dresses which are more affordable to a wider population of brides.
I personally cannot wait to take wedding photographs of an Ian Stuart wedding dress bride.