Tracy Popken | TIMELESS STYLE

The Mod Marfa Wedding Dress

Tracy Popken
 

I politely refused to make Cindy Noble a custom wedding dress. 


I don't often make custom wedding dresses because I'm not that interested in making formal gowns, and there are so many talented peers of mine who love doing them.  To a friend, I once described putting a zipper into bias cut silk chiffon as trying to staple gun snot into a straight line.  No, thank you.  Then I opened the attachment she'd sent with her e-mail request, an inspiration photo, and backpedaled as quickly as possible!  What she wanted was sleek, mod, and right up my alley.

We started with a consultation discussing her aesthetic, her priorities, etc.  We wanted to make something similar to the photo but different in subtle meaningful ways.  Fewer seams, more curves, add pockets.  Her mother's knowledge of sewing and textiles made the conversation so much easier.  When a client can clearly define her expectations, it makes it a lot easier for me to fulfill them! The following week I mailed them fabric samples of silk duchess satin, and a white silk floral lining.   We had a deal.

The next step was to make a custom pattern and a first muslin, a mock-up of the dress in a similar fabric, in this case a similar lavender satin that was on sale.  The muslin was right on target with a few changes here and there, (slimming it down here and there, adding fullness to the skirt, altering the shape of the sleeve a tiny bit...)   It was such a joy to see Cindy with her mother and future Mother-in-law, chatting, making plans, enjoying the fittings!  They are such a sweet family!  Then I made the final dress, did a few more tiny changes, and it was done.  Over the course of four meetings and almost as many months, we brought Cindy's vision into reality!  I was so happy with the result!!  ... and I moved on to the next project.

But yesterday I received a link to these gorgeous photos of her wedding.  I should have expected that such a beautiful mind as Cindy's, who orchestrated that sumptuously understated dress, would also design a spectacular wedding.  She incorporated a palette of rich textures and colours (and a splash of midcetury+marfa design componenets) into an utterly modern, andrefreshingly simple wedding aesthetic.  And I know photos can be deceiving, but don't they look utterly, genuine, heartfelt, in love?  So many wedding photos make me feel like I'm watching an off broadway performance, but this one seems real.  It gave me little goosebumps to see my creation in there, part of the scene.   With an eye like that, I have high hopes for her graphic design career. 

 
a Valentino inspiration

a Valentino inspiration

The first Muslin, before any changes.

The first Muslin, before any changes.

Mother and daughter at the first fitting.

Mother and daughter at the first fitting.


Congratulations, Cindy and Bryan! I'm so glad I said yes to you!

Much credit is due to NINE PHOTOGRAPHY for capturing the scene so romantically.  I must meet you, Kelly and Brendan!  Perhaps theirs will be the first blog I'll start following in my tech journey this year.