We've always been inspired by iconic, creative women and name our dresses after them too. Each of our dresses have been inspired by a women who helped to shape our world today in their own artistic spheres and brides love to hear their stories.
Today we look at the incredibly influential and inspiration Loie Fuller, with no training in dance, became the inspiration for poets and painters in Paris. Her liquid dances and billowing silky costumes with dynamic multicolored lighting, made her the embodiment the Art Nouveau movement, and she paved the way for modern dance, inspiring a whole generation of dancers.
The Loie dress
Our Loie dress, is a timeless classic, with a fullly draped bias-cut skirt, made with the finest silk with a cowl draped neck and super sexy back. This flattering style is cut so it flows beautifully as the bride moves, a little like Loie in her most memorable dance, 'The Serpentine'. Loie danced and swirled beneath layers of transparent fabric with theatrical lights illuminating off of it to create wonderful pictures.
The Loie dress would take the bride from morning right through to the evening, with elegance and grace, when she's ready to dance the night away with mutli-coloured disco lights on the dance floor of our Loie dress, reminiscent of Loie's famous Serpentine dance.
Loie Fuller, a pioneer of modern dance
Loie had no formal training in dance, but she was bold and creative to create her own innovative dances. Born in America in 1862, an ordinary girl from Illinois, Loie began her career as a burlesque dancer, and moved to Paris where she became a star.
She became the muse and inspiration for painters, poets and intellectuals like Marie Curie, Auguste Rodin and Toulouse-Lautrec, and was more portrayed than any other woman of her time. Loie Fuller’s work became a bridge between romanticism and modernism, between ballet and the multiple forms of “new dance,” and between the nineteenth- and twentieth centuries.
Not just dance...
Her innovations were not limited to dance — she patented several chemical methods for creating colored lighting gels. In 1908, as her dance career came to an end, she started a school to pass on her improvisational techniques and natural movement philosophy to a new generation of dancers, like Isadora Duncan, who inspired one of our other dress styles, the Isadora dress, which will be available in the 2017 collection.