In celebration of the opening of the 300th Michael Hill International store in Vulcan Lane, Auckland, we invited New Zealand bridal couture designer Jane Yeh to take-over the window display with three stunning one-of-a-kind bridal gowns over three months.
Jane Yeh's exquisite gowns are the result of her passion, skill and fair. Yet she accounts herself lucky to love what she does, and having received such fantastic training in Taiwan, where she learn her craft. Originally from Taiwan, Yeh moved to Auckland New Zealand 25 years ago. She set up her first bridal salon in New Market in 1994 and launched her bridal couture label. Jane has had a successful career creating stunning one of a kind bridal gowns for New Zealand and International brides alike. We talked to Jane to find out a bit more about her exquisite designs:
How did you start designing bridal gowns?
I have always loved fashion and art from a very young age and started designing in ladies wear as a junior. My job that took me to New York, Paris and Milan where I discovered my real love was couture. That's when I began working with wedding dresses; I love the fairytale fantasy of a wedding.
Explain the inspiration behind the dresses on display in the Michael Hill Vulcan lane windows.
The first dress is inspired by vintage glamour. It was especially commissioned by Sir Michael Hill for the window of the new Vulcan Lane store for the grand opening in September. The ivory and soft gold coloured gown is made with luxurious French lace, tulle and features exquisite detailed pearl and sequin beading. The figure hugging shape features an amazing fishtail skirt and train in a sparking ivory and pale gold tulle fabric. Dress number two is called Tiffany. Inspired by the iconic Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', this luxurious dress is meticulously detailed with pearl beading and inspired by 1950 glamorized styles.
What is the process you go through in creating a bridal gown?
First of all , I need to find my inspiration and create a particular subject or stories. I then use my fabrics, workmanship to achieve the perfect look to reflect my inspiration. The designs can take months to create, when a bride purchase a dress from my collection, they need approximately 3 fittings. A special design may take between 6 - 8 fittings.
What does a typical day at work look like for Jane Yeh?
I have a very busy schedule and a typical day involves fitting appointments, consultations, overseeing the making of my dress styles at my work room and of course seeking inspirations for new ideas and design the styles.
Do you have any advice that you have learnt from designing couture?
It is very important to love what you do and that is reflected in the quality and success of your work.
Jane Yeh's designs can be viewed in the Michael Hill Vulcan Lane windows until October 2015. Her designs are available exclusively at the Ponsonby, Auckland salon. For more information and to view more of her designs visit Jane Yeh's website.