Jenny Packham has become a force to be reckoned with in the bridal industry. Designing for some of the world's most influential style icons including the one and only Duchess of Cambridge, her red-carpet looks have catapulted her wedding dress collections, which are often full of romantic, free-flowing silhouettes and twinkling beaded embellishments, into the spotlight.
Brides Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor and Fashion Director Rachel Leonard caught up with Packham during London's White Gallery, the British bridal fashion week. Seated at Claridges, London's most famous afternoon tea spot, the ladies shared a cup of the U.K.'s finest brews, scones, and clotted cream while discussing Packham's inspiration for her Spring 2015 wedding dress collection (which debuts this Friday!), the celebrities she dreams of dressing, and her favorite wedding trends.
Here, five things you didn't know about the beloved British bridal designer — plus, a sneak peek at sketches from her latest collection.
Photo: Rachel Leonard
Brides: What's your inspiration for this season's bridal designs?
Jenny Packham: Photography from Madame Yevonde, who photographed British aristocrats in the 1930s and was a pioneer of color photographs. The collection will include goddess looks and sepia tones.
What's your favorite bridal trend at the moment?
Packham: Ivory wedding dresses!
Which celebrity would you like to dress that you haven't yet?
Packham: Cate Blanchett and Carey Mulligan.
What's your favorite red carpet look that you've designed?
Packham: A black dress from my Film Noir collection, which Dita Von Teese wore to the 2012 British Fashion Awards.
Any advice for brides-to-be searching for their dream dress?
Packham: Choose a dress that suits your style. You should feel wonderful and glamorous.
With Bridal Fashion Week kicking off this Thursday, Packham shared exclusive sketches from her upcoming Spring 2015 bridal runway show, too:
Photo: Rachel Leonard
Bardot, left, features her signature beading, a glamorous high neckline, and a cinched waist. Betty, right, is more ethereal with an illusion overlay and ruching at the waist. We can't wait to see these two wedding dresses, and the rest of Packham's inevitably stunning creations, walk the runway!
Stay tuned for even more behind-the-scenes Bridal Fashion Week coverage.