It's always a pleasure to visit Phillipa Lepley's shop in Fulham, and today was an even more special: we met with Phillipa and our designer-dress competition winner Lauren.
Three months ago, Lauren's dress design was selected from hundreds of entries to be one of our lucky ten finalists. And after two long months of voting she emerged victorious, with the promise of a bespoke Phillipa Lepley dress to come.
Today that design took shape (literally) at the couture designer's Fulham boutique.
"It's the best prize ever!" said Lauren. "I'm so excited!"
Lauren's couture experience begins by establishing the shape of her dress, the fabrics, amount of lace detailing and basic design - all based on her original drawing with the added benefit of Phillipa's expertise and knowledge.
Next will be a measuring appointment with Phillipa's fitter to create a paper pattern from which a calico toile will be made for the toile fittings. Then comes the silk cutting and a number of dress fittings to perfect the fit of the gown.
Lauren's big day won't be taking place next September in Italy, but already the excitement of all those involved is palpable. It is going to be one stunning dress, and one gorgeous wedding, no doubt!