Diane Lewis has been designing and creating fashion-forward gowns for stylish brides for over 25 years. The 2014 WEOA Couture Designer of the Year prides herself on her ability to deliver a breathtaking gown, creatively incorporating elements of the bride’s personality and unique style, all while having fun in the process.
Diane’s passion for her craft is immediately evident upon meeting her. She offers a full couture bridal service, as well as a range of contemporary-styled ready-to-wear gowns exclusive to her studio. Diane’s new boutique in North Sydney is a haven for stylish brides-to-be, boasting not only a plethora of beautiful bridal gowns, but also a vast range of coordinating accessories that are sourced from some of the worlds best accessory designers exclusive for her clientele.
“I adore what I do. I’m so passionate about creating wedding gowns, particularly on a grand scale. I originally trained as a classical ballerina, so I was always in love with theatrics and I developed a really strong imagination at an early age. When I graduated from my Fashion Design degree, I started out designing bikinis, but very quickly I realised I wanted to be creating stunning gowns. My favourite part of the job is building relationships with my clients. I’m inspired by beauty, colour fusion, period costumes and architecture and I’m mostly powered by chocolate and coffee. For me, it’s important to make the process fun for each and every bride. My designs are high quality, creative and a little quirky.”
F A S T F I V E . . .
What is currently inspiring you?
I am currently inspired by Baroque Style Laces and the art of reapplieng them creating a signature look for my brand and my clientele alike. I am also obsessed with the use of variable styles of sheer fabric, both stretch and woven, that create a body form look but also flow.
My favourite all time fabric is Duchess Satin, because it is classic but just right know its sheers with Metallic elements.
Classic or boho?
I am so Boho right now can't wait to share the new collection!
Ballgown or mermaid?
Oh no, I will have to sit on the fence and say both. Both are Signature Looks for Diane Lewis Couture.
Top tip for brides...
Create a story board of your wedding vision before you start trying things on. Set a Budget, do your research and then book appointments.
Have an open mind when trying on gowns, something left of field could be your dream gown. If working with a designer make sure you have a rapport... If you don't you never will. Make sure all suppliers give you a written quote, that is your security. Pay your deposits on time to hold your booking and if you are stretched call the supplier and keep in communication with them. After you have paid your deposit get a receipt and acknowledgement of your date being booked in.
Have fun... Your wedding is not a dress rehearsal!
Diane Lewis Couture is by appointment only. Get in touch to create your dream gown with one of Australia's best designers today!
Credits All gowns by Diane Lewis Couture / PH: 02 9955 9005 / W: www.dianelewiscouture.com.au / www.facebook.com/Diane.Lewis.Couture / www.instagram.com/dianelewiscouture
Image 1: Photography Imagehaus Weddings Styling Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair and Makeup Amelia Axton Jewellery Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories / Images 2-4: Photography Our Carousel Studios Styling Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair Rhiannon Dimaria from Simon Bright Studio Makeup Shelley Lia, The Bridal Makeup Co. / Images 5-7: Photography Tony Potts Styling Kimberlee Kessler & Rosemary Slade Hair Paula Hibbard, Fabulous Hair Up Makeup Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry