Our dresses are inspired by creative women who have changed the world with their artistic talents.
One of our iconic women we've named our dresses after is, Lily Elsie, who inspired our Lily Raindrop dress.
Lily Elsie was one of the most photographed women in Edwardian times. She was like an Angelina Jolie of her time. She rose to fame from a child star in music halls and an overnight sensation appearing in the production 'Merry Widow' on 8 June 1907, styled by Lucille (aka Lucy Duff who was saved from the "Titanic") one of the biggest fashion designers at the time. Men wanted to marry her, and women wanted to be her.
Her outfits and hats were copied and sold in London department stores like Selfridges. She was loved for her looks, dresses and taste. Lily Elsie was so popular, she had thousands of postcards with her picture. All this, and yet she never believed she was beautiful, was painfully shy and unaware of her beauty, intelligence,'dainty charm' and elegance. She soon became the picture girl of Edwardian times.
She also bears a remarkable resemblance with similar poise and grace to modern day Hollywood Rachel Weisz. With enormous blue eyes, tall, lily-like and moving with slow-motion grace, Lily embodied the decorative Art Nouveau times, wearing decoratively beautiful outfits and plumed, wide rimmed hats.
On her own wedding day to Ian Bullough, she wore a dress from the palest pink embroidered with lots of pearls and ermine. It seems fitting that we should call our Lily Raindrop Lily after such an influential woman. Raindrops, because the beading design are in a pretty raindrop pattern trickling down the dress.
Here's a little sneak peek at our new pearl sequin fabric we've developed for our 2020 new collection, and we're developing a fully pearl beaded dress like our Anne Marie top too...