Marchesa Bridal Couture Spring 2022

Images courtesy of Marchesa

In a pre-presentation interview with Rachel Leonard, editorial director of The Bridal Council, Georgina Chapman described the collection as “achingly romantic,” which is completely on-brand with her label. This micro-couture collection is her first collaboration with Pronovias Bridal, the leading global luxury bridal brand with subsidiaries in New York, Italy, and Shanghai.

 It’s hard to get more romantic than the breathtaking “White Gardens” at the Elizabethan Sissinghurst Castle located in Kent, England that Chapman and her team drew inspiration from this season. The gardens were a special project of writer, Vita Sackville-West’s, who worked on achieving her vision for her garden over the course of three years spanning from 1950-1953.

Images courtesy of Marchesa

This season, Georgina Chapman also worked with an extremely limited color palette, relying on cut, textural contrasts, and detail work to make this latest collection a stand-out. Chapman showed only seven looks, but here is a case in point where less really is more; each look had a unique personality. (Look 1) was an interesting contrast of a snug ballerina neck lace top paired with an organza bell skirt that resembled whipped meringue. The high slit gave it a saucy spin. (Look 2) has a distinctly ready-to-wear flavor. It’s easy to imagine a colored version of this long sleeve form-fitting lace gown on the red carpet come the next round of award ceremonies. A fairylike V-neck gown with lace overlay and elbow length sleeves pooled beautifully around the ankles (look 4). All of the above were on-brand Marchesa Bridal.

The surprise came in form of (look 7), where Chapman and her team took a departure from their usual figure-hugging silhouettes and created the “Versailles Gown.” The strapless creation had a plunging bodice and massive ball gown skirt, evoking the sumptuous gowns courtesans and royals wore in the 17th and 18th century French courts.  Another nod to the White Gardens came in the form of silk petals meticulously sewn from the bodice all the way to the hemline. A flower head piece completed the reference. Marie Antoinette would have approved!

—Vivian Kelly



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