• Tara Deighton

Say Hello to the Pearl- a decadently romantic dress


Out of all my dresses, the one that gets the most 'oohs' and 'aahs' is the Pearl. Inspired by the outrageously glamorous dresses worn by Hollywood starlets like Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard in the 1930's, the Pearl channels the same vintage glamour.

The inspiration for the name 'Pearl' comes from the beautiful and enigmatic Renee Perle (1904-1977) who was the favourite muse of artist and photographer Jacques- Henri Lartigue in the early thirties.

Her style was just absolutely stunning and almost timeless. I chose not to spell the name of the dress as her surname was spelled but as in a pearl, which is also my birthstone and my favourite gem stone.

I love the Pearl, partly because it was my first design, but also because it's deceptively complex but enjoyable to make. There is something about the slinky silk satin, that whilst simple is both classic and modern all at once. I really believe that a bride should wear the dress, rather than the other way round, and Pearl is so versatile yet understated, but seems to make the biggest of impacts however it is styled.

I always think the silk drips over the body like a gorgeous double cream. The mix of satin backed crepe and double crepe helps to create the fluid line of the dress and also captures the light beautifully, giving off a subtle sheen, especially in golden sunlight or by candlelight!

This beautiful shoot took place at the incredible St Benedicts Bed & Breakfast in St Leonards and the images were beautifully captured by

Georgina Piper Photography.

In these images, the Pearl has been styled with a more bohomian vibe for a shoot with beneath the canopy bell tents. Quite often, because of the vintage feel to the dress, it's styled in a vintage way, but I think the Pearl looks amazing styled in a more modern way too.

Shoot details: photography by Velvet Storm photography, flowers by Wild Rubus, Make up by Sophieelena makeup, Hair by Alex at Huckleberry Hair and beautifully worn by Lauren!

For more images of the Pearl, click here.

Every time I design a dress, I fall in love with it and it becomes my favourite, but I think there really is nothing like your first born!

Love Tara x

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