11 September 2012 by

Pam Hogg On Designing Lady Mary's Wedding Dress: EXCLUSIVE

In this week's issue of Grazia, we spoke exclusively to designer and doyenne of punk, Pam Hogg, about The Dress, by which we mean Lady Mary Charteris', the DJ/aristo/model/general hotty, who last week married 'rocker' Robbie Furze of this song fame.

The wedding looked a riot. Yes there were celebs, and yes Florence Welch sang in the church without The Machine, but the real talking point was the bride's number: eccentric, modern, shocking, it certainly turned media heads yet somehow somehow worked.

But it was exactly what Lady Mary wanted, says Pam Hogg: 'She decided on a full dress with lots of frills and sent photos she'd found as a guide. They were all very much like something I'd made before so I sent her a photo of my "War Bride " wedding dress from a few seasons previous and she loved that so I made a less risque version of it to fit her tiny physique.'

Made of silk and satin and tuile, she had 'around 6 months to make it. The frills alone took about two weeks to design and make and I had to hand sew the whole of the bottom of part of the dress. I was threading 30 needles at a time at one point to keep the momentum going.' Eek!

Pam Hogg On Designing Lady Mary's Wedding Dress: EXCLUSIVE

'It took a while and without a mannequin small enough to work on we had to do quite a few fittings', she continued. 'The last one was just an hour before she had to leave for the church as she wasn't available the week before and it was impossible to finish without her inside it'. That probably explains why Pam barely had time to change before the service. That and the fact that she had to carry the train up the aisle because the bridesmaids were too small to carry it.

Pam Hogg might seem an outlandish choice for an aristo-wedding but Lady Mary has always been a fashionsita. Not only is she the niece of Daphne Guinness (forget blue blood, hers is the colour of clashing prints and brocade), she's also been a model since she was 15.

As Pam testified: 'Mary came to my Paris fashion show and fell in love with a cream lace catsuit, so it all started from there. The dress was originally going to be a long dress version of that, but as time went on ideas changed. I did however make her a white lace catsuit for a change of outfit to wear on the day.'

Unfortunately for us, though, no images of the catsuit have emerged...

Read the rest in Grazia - out now!


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