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HI Friends!

I have been busy with my latest bridal range and the starting of wedding season. aside from that, I've been privileged to be involved in a number of incredible styled shoots of late. Recently Mary-Ann Wiggill approached me about a styled shoot she was planning in the stunning fields of Canettevallei Lavender Farm. I jumped at the opportunity to be involved, and am so glad I did!
Incredible Photography my Natasha Taljard Photography

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Mary-Ann is an artist and has created a business of offering the luxury service of having her at your wedding to paint a personal impressionist styled bridal painting of the bridal couple. While you celebrate your wedding day, Mary-Ann will sit and render a true to life painting to capture your special moment. Can you imagine anything more special? What an amazing idea! She wanted to demonstrate this by organizing this styled shoot. The models used were to be the lovely couple Anne McNally and Jeremy Osbourne and they were made up by the make-up artist Madeleine Conradie

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The team, including Moondrops Flowers on flowers, Blooming Wonderful on stationary, and Houthuis Event Furniture for the furniture hire, created an exquisitely romantic mock wedding set up that is fit for any modern day dreamer. Mary-Ann styled the theme around Monet, using the soft colour palette typical to the artist and the flowers and decor was arranged accordingly. 
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I provided a soft, flowing dress with a V neck illusion bodice and long sleeves with beaded lace applique'. The gown is perfect for the modern day romantic bride who wants an easy wearing, ethereal look. The open back add a sexy touch and the wedding dress from my up coming 2018 bridal range looked gorgeous on Anne.
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The Cake Duchess
made the most exquisite cake, hand painted beauty that is the stuff of dreams, and finally Six Dogs Distillery provided the bar art. 
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Overall, I think this shoot demonstrated an how incredible a wedding can be in Cape Town as we have the most amazing venues and service providers!


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Examples of Beautiful African Fashion for Weddings

African fashion is known worldwide to be full of vibrant colors and striking geometric patterns, making the fashions coveted by designers who are looking to create or wear clothes that stand out. Women’s clothing will oftentimes showcase the colorful cultures of the surrounding locale in both style and design. Much of the clothing is made of unique materials, like cloth from tree bark or treated animal hides. Depending on the country or region, certain traditional fashions will also be worn to ceremonial events like weddings.

Integrating a richly textured fabric that is common to African bridal clothing that reflects a colorful pattern with vibrant threads can make a wedding outfit all the more eye-catching and memorable. Common fabric-decorating techniques in African fashions includes applique designs sewn onto contrasting fabrics, dyeing, and selecting brightly colored threads for embroidery. Many of these designs are often associated with African cultural tropes, like particular plant names, animals, events, or proverbs. 

If you are planning a wedding in Africa, or you are preparing to go to a traditional African ceremony of some kind, you may want to pay tribute to the many beautiful African fashions by wearing something special. Incorporating an item as simple as an African accessory into your look, whether you are the bride or a guest, can put you more in touch with African culture. Or, you can go the extra length and wear something more formal, like a traditional gown, to express your admiration of African fashion.

Wearing Gomesi Gowns

Gomesi gowns are the trademark of Ugandan women, worn as traditional wear at major ceremonies and functions. The history of the Gomesi is mysterious, and it is unknown how it originated into Ugandan culture. Usually, it is a floor-length, cloth, silk, or cotton dress made of bright colors that has a square neckline and puffy sleeves. The dress is tied with a striking sash below the waist. A typical Gomesi usually requires up to six metres of fabric, making it a sturdy, formal piece with plenty of structure.

Wearing a Gomesi for special occasions is typical of some cities and urban areas, while in some rural areas, it is also a form of African daily dress. Though it may be difficult for brides to integrate the beautiful Gomesi design into a contemporary wedding gown, the style is one that is common for weddings and would be recognized as such. If you are looking to pay homage to African fashion, sporting a variation or an exact Gomesi gown is a stylish idea for a wedding.

Accessorising with Head Ties 

In addition to wearing a traditional African dress or gown, you can also be inspired by African style in the form of your accessories. The head tie, also called the head wrap, gele, dhuku, doek, qhiya, or turban depending on the region, is a symbol of dignity and class for both men and women in Africa. Knowing how to properly tie a head tie is crucial to adopting this look and can make a bold fashion statement.

At a wedding, wearing a head tie is an easy way to add color to any outfit and to highlight your personal style with a striking accessory. The gele head ties, worn in Nigeria, are the most famous and flamboyant ties due to the fact that they are typically very large and dramatic. Head ties can beautifully frame the face and put the finishing touch on an outfit for a special occasion

If you are wishing to attend a wedding in style, you may want to consider adding an element of traditional African fashion to your look in order to reflect the vibrant and vivacious local cultures.

Written by Jackie


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Hi Friends!

I have had the privilege of working with some pretty awesome clients over the past few years and one of my most fun projects was when I got to work with Saajida on her wedding dress.It was a collaboration between her, her mom, a very talented beader and my team at Molteno.

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Saajida had a few different pictures that she wanted to amalgamate into one show stopping wedding dress. She had the idea of this mesh beaded bodice and a full skirt with 3D flowers and a 2.5 meter long train. As I was not capable of doing the beading, she managed to find a lady who could. So I made the corset and over bodice with long mesh sleeves and a high neck. I then gave this constructed bodice to the beader to do her magic on. Saajida bought 9 meters of 3D flower lace to use for the skirt. She wanted this lace to be beaded too so she recruited her mom to hand bead all the little flowers and then bring the fabric to me.

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Once I had all the bits I needed, I created a wide tulle skirt and spent hours carefully appliqued the beaded floral lace together to create a voluminous skirt and long 2.5 meter long bridal train. I hand sewed flowers on to create a full design and once the beader was finished I put all the pieces together and started on the finishing.

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A true collaboration created this spectacular gown and on the day Saajida looked absolutely incredible!

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Hi Friends,
Recently I have been doing some soul searching from a brand perspective (a business essoteric crisis one might say), and the questions I have been asking myself are, what do I stand for? What is it about Molteno that makes us, us? Well I let my intuition take the reigns, and I thought I should share this with you. 

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As a passionate creative, I am constantly designing in my head, thining of better ways to do things, studying couture past and present and trying to work out the best, netest way of doing things, and more importantly, breaking out of the box. I have never been a follower and I have come to accept that it's just part of my presonality that I always want to lead the pack in doing somethig that has never been done before. I am that person who can be easily manipulated into tackling a mamouth task simply by telling me that I can't. I love a challenge and am rarely in my confort zone, so the more innovative and difficult a design project, the better! I am alwys tring to make that bodice more illusion, that corset better fitting, and those panel lines, more complicated. I just love every bit of the challenge of making a couture garment, so if you have a dificult idea, BRING IT! Let's break the box!

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To me, creating superior quality garments is as much of a challenge as new designs. With each new dress, I am improving the finishing and quality, so that in the end you have a garment that is exquisitely finished and will ast a lifetime. Whether is be a wedding dress or a Matric farewell gown, I always insist on using the highest quality fabrics. For this reason, some people are surprised by the cost, but for me I feel that on your special occassion it it 100% worth spending that little but more and creating a garment you can be proud of. Quality to Molteno is encorprated in the careful constriction of your gown, the high quality fabrics used, the attention to detail, and the personal service you recieve from Rose and her team. 

Creative exclusivity

Asside from the Molteno bridal range which is stocked at a limited number of carefully selected South African boutiques, Molteno has couture one-off designer wedding dresses and Matric Dance dresses in never repeated styles. To Rose, life is just too short to make the same dress twice! If you come to Molteno Creations for a Matric Ball Gown, you are gauranteed that no one has ever, and never again will, wear exactly the same dress. Rose is constantly re-inventing new styles to keep on the forefront of fashion trends, so you can be sure you're going to be a style leader in her exclusive gowns and wedding dresses.

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That personal touch

The most wonderful compliment I got recently from my lovely bride, was that she felt that the personal service I gave to her was outstanding. I was surprised to hear that she hadn't experienced the same evel of service from all of her suppliers as for me this is just how I am. She said that she felt like she was my only client (not at all true) while with other suppliers she simply felt like a number. 
With Molteno, if I'm custom making you a Matric Dance dress or a wedding dress, I offer you personal attention and by the ned I feel like I'm ade a new friend! It's so fun getting to know each of my clients and I'm here for them as a sounding board when the stress hits, and an uplifter r when you're not feeling so hot. After all, we all have our bad days, so don't be so hard on yourself!

I could really go on forever, but this is to me the most important bits that you can think of when you think about Molteno. Me and my talented team will do all we can to make your special occassion, and the process leading up to it as stress free and fun as possible. 
Much love!

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Whether it be your Matric Dance dress or your wedding dress, it's a wonderful experience to have a dress custom made for you. To avoid any risks, check out these four tips 
and know you're going to have great fun with the process!