For those of you brides-to-be who are still on the search for 'the one'. Then ensure you drop by Julia's beautiful boutique for a visit. This lovely lady knows her craft to the finest point of a needle and wouldn't let you walk out of the door with a dress she didn't think complimented your shape. Whether you find one of her delights displayed in her boutique, or you have your dream dress roughly sketched out on a piece of scrap paper. Julia will help you bring your dream dress to life.
I was intrigued myself to find out a little more about her and how she has developed her craft over the years...
Tell us about Julia Tasker Couture...
Julia Tasker Bridal Couture is a luxury bridal boutique in the heart of the Lake district. Here I offer a bespoke 'Couture Service' where a bride can have her dress designed and made especially for her, to her requirements. I also offer to brides-to-be wedding dresses from other award winning British Bridal Designers Sassi Holford, Caroline Castigliano, and Ritva Westenius, who's ethos to wedding dresses is similar to myself - to offer exceptionally high quality constructed British Made wedding dresses, using the finest of fabrics at an affordable price. I also stock silk dresses from Canadian bridal designer Paloma Blanca, and bridal by accessories British designers Halo & Co and Miranda Templeton.
How did you discover your passion for bridal wear and where did you do your training?
I come from a 'arty' family. My grandmother was an artist who painted portraits, my father is an industrial architect, and my sister is a jewellery designer. My passion for weddings and wedding dresses came from my mother. When I was younger, my mother had her own small business making wedding and evening dresses. She saw that I was interested in fashion and sewing from an early age and bought me my first sewing machine when I was five years old. It was a small electronic Elna sewing machine and with it I made wedding dresses and outfits for my Cindy dolls. At school I always new I wanted to have a profession in fashion and after leaving school I went to Art College. I then went on to Leicester Polytechnic (now DeMontfort University) where I gained a BA hons degree in Fashion Design. After leaving Uni my first design job was with Burberry in their ladies wear design office. I then worked for the company Coates Viyella and where I worked in the Peter England and Jaeger design departments. Since leaving University I had always designed and made wedding dresses for friends and family, and knew this is what I wanted to do full time. It was when I moved to the Lake district with my husband 15 years ago that I set up my own business of designing and making bespoke wedding dresses, which eventually moved in to the boutique premises in Bowness 4 years ago.
What inspires you when designing a wedding dress?
Having always been interested in fashion and wedding dresses from a young age, I have always found the collections from the Couture runways inspiring each year, and love Haute Couture designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and vintage Chanel. When it comes to designing a wedding dress, it's definitely the fabric that is the first point of call for my inspiration for a particular dress. Whether it's a fine Chantilly lace or shot Silk Duchess satin, I find the fabric is my first port of call and then the designing begins. But generally I find inspiration comes from all sorts of places such as an images in a book, a picture on the internet, photographs or foreign travel.
What is the best part of your job?
That's easy, I love helping a bride find or make her perfect wedding dress. It's the look on her face when she knows 'It's the one'.
What is the most challenging part?
Being imaginative and creative I am always coming up with new ideas for dresses I would like to make, along with ideas for the boutique. I often scribble notes and designs into my sketch book. The challenging part is the time, and not having enough time to execute all the ideas I have and all the things I would like to achieve in the boutique and for brides.
Do you have any exciting plans/events for the future?
As well as offering dresses from other British designers and a Couture design service at the boutique. I am now offering a made-to-measure Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom design service. For quite sometime I have had mum's ask me if I could make them an outfit for a wedding, and I felt that there was limited choice for mum's when it comes to choosing their outfit for a wedding day. Because of this, offering a Mother of the bride/groom design service seem a good and natural progression with in the boutique.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Creative, eye for detail, passionate.
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