SECTION OF DRESS: Thousands of stitches on the dress
Dress maker extraordinaire who helped Kirstie create the Red Dress
Gail is an extraordinary dress maker who has worked for many high end fashion label’s and couture ateliers as well as creating her own bespoke bridal company for many years in her hometown of Derby.
Gail was connected to Kirstie by a fashion agency in 2008, and they immediately clicked - working together for many years in London. Gail, an outstanding pattern cutter who never uses straight lines "because the body is not made of straight lines", instead each line is beautifully crafted to the actual curves of the body.... creating a second skin. Gail has an vivid imagination and a wonderful ability to problem solve, not to mention dedication to her craft.
When Kirstie presented the concept of the Red Dress to Gail, she quickly rose to the challenge. As well as showcasing the embroidery, Kirstie’s brief was that the dress’s design should look both feminine and elegant, but also strong and empowered.
“We discussed enhancing the feminine silhouette and bringing in a military hint with strong shoulders...Gail produced the most beautiful pattern, constructed out of many exquisitely shaped pieces”. KM
The Red Dress has been reassembled by Kirstie many times over the years to accommodate the new embroidery. In 2019, Gail was called upon to help Kirstie complete the final iteration. Gail also created and embroidered a lovely blue trim which was stitched around the edge of the bodice.