When a designer grows up by the sea, surrounded by the best that nature has to offer, it’s really no surprise their designs have an organic beauty about them that is quite simply breathtaking. This is certainly true of Olwen Bourke’s delightful gowns and today, we’re so thrilled to be able to give you a look at her latest designs as well as taking a peek into her world…
Olwen Bourke began her design career with a couture dance dress company in London, working on stunning gowns for dancers including the stars of Strictly Come Dancing and the balletic heroines of the Royal Opera House. Having fallen completely in love with making one-off dresses that were personal, unique and always designed with a special occasion in mind, Olwen took the plunge and launched her own label in 2012 and straight away, brides were smitten.
We are, we must admit, smitten too. The organic shapes, the recurring themes of shells, leaves, plants and other natural motifs are such subtle showstoppers that you just can’t look away.
Olwen says she designs for ‘the modern woman who doesn’t buy into the frou-frou princess look’ and we just love the confident, contemporary lines that combine so wonderfully with the delicate details that just demand to be adored.
If Olwen Bourke’s signature bridal style mixes femininity with the romantic and the ethereal, she also makes her mark by including delightful heirloom details into gowns and she is a true devotee of ethical fashion. As well as re-working elements taken from treasured family gowns into new pieces, she can also work with an element from a mothers or grandmothers gown and incorporate a frill, a fabric or a snippet of lace and include it into a new design. This gives Olwen’s incredibly lucky clients the opportunity to combine their own style with their cherished family history – something old and something new all in one amazing bridal gown.
Spending her days in her London studio, surrounded by silks, tulles, laces and all manner of embellishments, Olwen will work with you closely to make absolutely sure that the finished design and your finished dress is everything you imagined it would be and you have the added reassurance of knowing exactly where you dress is being made.
Provenance aside, how wonderful it will be to have a gown that is totally styled around your natural shape in such a wonderful environment – an incredibly beautiful relationship in our opinion!