Family heirlooms and antique treasures
If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful heirloom piece in the family - or even if you have miraculously managed to find one in a vintage store - it’s important to find the right person to restore it to its former glory.
Kate Halfpenny, who has styled and designed for everyone from Kate Moss to Daisy Lowe, runs a very specialized business in wedding gowns - Halfpenny London.
Not only does she rescue old gowns that clients bring to her, but if somebody brings her an aged dress that has the wrong shape or is a little worse for wear, she will use the vintage trimmings to create an entirely new dress.
“I use old skirt panels and collars and add them onto new dresses. I love taking the vintage lace and brocade trimmings or perhaps a vibrant silk sash to create something entirely unique but still with that antique feel.”
Words by: Alannah Sparks
Image:© Kate Halfpenny specialises in vintage and antique gowns - www.halfpennylondon.com