CREATIVE PROCESS

A Colette Komm Couture Bride knows that she wants her gown to be something special, something that no other bride will be wearing. What she might not know is just how exciting it will be to watch Colette bring that gown to life.

Colette works one-on-one with her brides and involves them throughout her creative process, giving them a fascinating glimpse into her creative world, and ensuring that the finished gown is everything the bride dreamed of.

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SKETCH . . .

Each couture gown starts when Colette puts pencil to paper after a design consultation with the bride. The bride’s vision for her wedding, her particular style, and other details inform Colette’s creative process.

The sketches are revealed to the bride at a second meeting, and she chooses the drawing that will become her wedding gown.

"The criteria I had for my wedding dress were as vague as they were definite: not white, and not traditional. When I reviewed Colette’s sketches I was blown away by how perfectly she had discerned from my jumbled ideas what I was really looking for — things I could never have imagined on my own. She brought to life the most perfect, unique gown for me."

Jessica,

Waldorf Astoria New York.

. . . AND THE MOST LUXURIOUS FABRICS.

Colette works only with the finest silks, lace, and trim. She presents her bride with samples relevant to the design of her gown, carefully pointing out how different fabrics will articulate certain design elements so that the bride can indicate her preference and confidently envision her gown.

Colette also creates fabric treatment samples so the bride can see how certain construction techniques or embellishments will look, and—when necessary—choose which ones she prefers for the final construction of her gown.

"Working with Colette was every bit as fascinating as it was fun. I had no idea how many different kinds of lace there were — or that I had such strong opinions about them — until Colette showed me the options for my gown. Being so closely involved in choosing all the elements of my wedding gown made it that much more special. It was more perfect for me than words can express."

Meghan,

Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Trent Bailey Studio

AND THEN, COLETTE BRINGS THE DRAWING TO LIFE . . .

Working from detailed measurements of the bride and the vision in her mind of the finished gown, Colette drapes and drafts the pattern for the gown, and cuts and sews the first draft — called a toile or muslin — to be fitted on the bride.

Any necessary adjustments are made to the muslin and transferred to the pattern before the final gown is cut from the actual fabric. Fittings usually take place at Colette's studio but for the busy bride, Colette can travel to the bride’s home, as pictured.

"I loved going to Colette’s for fittings! It always put me in the best mood; no matter how much other work or wedding planning stress I was dealing with, the minute I’d walk into her studio I immediately felt so happy. It was so much fun to work with Colette, and seeing her create the perfect gown and veil for me was such an exciting and wonderful experience."

Georgia,

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

. . . AND THE FINAL GOWN TAKES SHAPE . . .

When Colette makes your wedding gown, Colette actually makes your wedding gown. She has loved sewing since she was seven years old, and for her, it is while she carefully and methodically constructs her gowns that her creative vision is fully realized.

Nothing gets lost in translation, and every stitch expresses the integrity of her design.

"I loved that I got to see up close how Colette made my wedding gown. It was always so exciting to go to fittings and see how it was coming together; my jaw would drop each time I saw the latest iteration of it on the mannequin. Colette is practically a magician, and everything she does is just incredible."

Sarah R,

Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New York City.

Photo Credit: Camelot Studios

. . . WITH BREATHTAKING ATTENTION TO DETAIL . . .

Colette's hand sewing is not only impeccable, but intrinsic to the design of her gowns. She's a master of countless techniques, which she uses to add luxurious and personalized touches to her brides' gowns.

"I could just tell by how excited Colette was when she explained to us how she was going to do the Moroccan detailing on my corset that it was going to be something really special, and that I could trust her to create something absolutely spectacular, which she did!"

Avigail,

Savannah, Georgia.

. . . AND THEN, THE GOWN IS COMPLETE.

The last step in Colette's process is the first step the bride takes in her finished gown. At the final fitting, what once only existed in Colette’s mind’s eye is now a bride’s dream come true.

"I had more than a year to daydream about what Colette's sketch of my wedding dress and veil would look and feel like in real life, and what Colette created — and the process by which she created it — was beyond anything I ever imagined.  No other gown could have made me feel the way Colette's made me feel. It was so perfectly me."

Meg,

Weston, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Lisa Rigby Photography

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Working from detailed measurements of the bride and the vision in her mind of the finished gown, Colette drapes and drafts the pattern for the gown, and cuts and sews the first draft — called a toile or muslin — to be fitted on the bride.

Any necessary adjustments are made to the muslin and transferred to the pattern before the final gown is cut from the actual fabric. Fittings usually take place at Colette's studio but for the busy bride, Colette can travel to the bride’s home, as pictured.

When Colette makes your wedding gown, Colette actually makes your wedding gown.

She has loved sewing since she was seven years old, and for her, it is while she carefully and methodically constructs her gowns that her creative vision is fully realized.

Nothing gets lost in translation, and every stitch expresses the integrity of her design.

Colette's hand sewing is not only impeccable, but intrinsic to the design of her gowns.

She's a master of countless techniques, which she uses to add luxurious and personalized touches to her brides' gowns.

The last step in Colette's process is the first step the bride takes in her finished gown.

 At the final fitting, what once only existed in Colette’s mind’s eye is now a bride’s dream come true.

"I loved going to Colette’s for fittings! It always put me in the best mood; no matter how much other work or wedding planning stress I was dealing with, the minute I’d walk into her studio I immediately felt so happy. It was so much fun to work with Colette, and seeing her create the perfect gown and veil for me was such an exciting and wonderful experience."

Georgia,

Saint Patrick's Cathedral,

New York City.