Thursday, 29 September 2011


Yemi Kosibah
Designer Wedding Dresses and Couture Evening Wear

I can't believe that it is almost a month since I went to Yemi Kosibah's 20th anniversary champagne and canape reception. The event, which was organised by Cedar Events, was held in the beautiful setting of the Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall, London. A beautiful grade 1 listed Recency building. We started the evening with champagne and canapes whilst the room very quickly filled with guests.

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London 
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by John Marxis
Yemi Koshiba - Photo by John Marxis
The atmosphere was so happy and everyone I met was friendly and talked very highly of Yemi. Bienvenue 20 is Yemi's latest collection to mark his twenty years designing wedding dresses and couture evening wear. Yemi talked about the past two decades and gave thanks to current and previous clients. The theme of his latest collection was inspired by ballet, and the first on the cat walk were two tiny, and very gorgeous, child ballerinas dancing whilst scattering flower petals for the models to walk on. We had the soprano singer Lisa Carlisle sing for us, and her beautiful voice really set the tone for the beginning of the evening.

Photo by John Marxis
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Claire Graham Photography 
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Yemi's styling showed a mix of glamourous vintage combined with a ballet theme. Kasia Fortuna had styled the model's hair and they looked really stunning. We then had the most moving dance of Swan lake I think I have ever seen. The dancer put so much emotion into her dance I was struggling to hold back tears!

Photo by Rosa Fay Photography

After the fashion show guests flocked to get more drinks and to sample the very tasty mini wedding cup cakes by Elizabeth Salaru. Those that were interested had a tour of the venue. 

Photos by Rosa Fay Photography
Cakes by Elizabeth Salaru 
Flowers by Blue Sky Flowers
All in all it was a wonderful evening and I came away thinking that Yemi not only designs beautiful wedding dresses, but that he is a very creative and genuine person who is loved by many. As all the guests were so friendly I was able to talk to past brides, press, friends, and brides to be. All of them said what a lovely person Yemi is.

To see more of Yemi's designs on his website click HERE.

Photographer's images shown above are as follows: Funmi OmOtade-TanJohn Marxis, & Claire Graham Photography, Plus, my Blogging photographer Rosa Fay Photography.

Monday, 12 September 2011


Madeleine Millinery is a unique millinery and accessories label that aims to fulfill the desire for beautiful and original millinery design. They aim to provide you with the perfect hat or headpiece - whatever the occasion. Carefully designed and hand-made in the UK, absolute attention is given to fine detail and luxurious fabrication. Seaming subtle originality with cutting edge sophistication the label specialises in hand crafted bespoke millinery using the finest materials; silks, organzas, tulles & crystals. Each original and innovative piece is designed and created in our studio on the edge of the New Forest.

Madeleine Millinery is delighted to introduce the 2012 Spring Summer Collection; a beautiful range of dramatic hats and headpieces created in bold colours to complement outfits for a variety of special occasions including weddings and the races. They also specialise in colour matching and offers a bespoke service to complement any outfit or collection.

The Milliner, Madeleine O'Mahony has always shown a passion for art, fashion and textiles. Graduating from Winchester School of Art with a Printed Textile Design degree, Madeleine worked in London as a print and embroidery designer and then trained as a milliner before setting up her own studio. Madeleine has four years of millinery experience and has taught millinery design & techniques at Wiltshire College. Madeleine works from her studio in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and her designs have been worn by both Kate and Pippa Middleton. 

To see Madeleine's website click HERE.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011



BY ROSALIND JANA OF Clothes, Camera and Coffee

My paternal grandma was married in the United States in the early 1960s. I don’t know the details but I do know the dress. It was white (surprise, surprise), with a fitted bodice, cascading skirt and a dramatic train, all constructed from yards and yards of delicate lace. Her husband matched in a white dinner jacket. The wedding photos are jubilant; her face joyful.
The usual destination for dresses such as hers is the back of the wardrobe –perhaps protected by dust covers – or folded carefully in tissue-lined trunks. The intricate embroidery or tulle layers will be rediscovered on special occasions, anniversaries perhaps, and one day might be tried on for size by a daughter. Sometimes, as with so many family heirlooms, the precious fabric might be lost or ruined.
However, none of these options apply to my grandma. I must start by explaining that she was a Czech refugee. Her family fled the communist invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1948 with little more than the clothes they were wearing. This brutal change of scene, coupled with their experience of WWII, meant that my grandma (or my ‘Babi’ as I call her) was never wasteful. Every scrap of fabric had its home, every fragment of food its use.
Therefore after the wedding celebrations she was practical in her decision about the dress. It was purposefully put together to be taken apart again. The long lace train and other components of the dress were given to a seamstress, who cut and re-stitched it into useful items of clothing: a full length skirt, a pencil skirt, a sleeveless top and an A-line evening coat. They were still special garments of course, but vastly more useful than a gown only suited to formal balls.

Those four items of clothing were given to me when I last saw my ‘Babi’. The long tailored skirt was tried on for size. I realized that the material encircling me had eventually led to me being born. If my grandma hadn’t married and had two boys, one of whom was my father, then I wouldn’t be standing in my bedroom in a full length lace skirt...
These heirlooms are just a small part of the many clothes she has given me over the years: a red satin evening coat, a couture cocktail dress she bought in an NY thrift store for $20 in the fifties, a seventies blue nylon hooded robe. Each piece is passed to me with a story attached. Things from her days as a jobbing actress and others from her early married life.
Clothes have a unique ability to conjure the past. The threads that are seamed throughout these garments are like family, stitched together. In seeing and wearing my grandma’s skirt, I am embracing the good and testing times that marriage and life in general brought her – for anyone, these are dresses to have and to hold (and to hold on to).  

By Rosalind Jana (Clothes, Camera and Coffee)