I love this time of year, Spring is on it’s way and that means it’s time for all our favourite designers to unveil their new bridal and accessories collections! This week I get to share the band new and oh-so-beautiful Treasured Collection from Victoria Fergusson Accessories. We’ve been massive fans of this lady since the very beginning and love watching her reveal her latest pieces each year. Designed and handcrafted in her Salisbury studio, Victoria’s pieces are true heirloom pieces, full of embellishment and intricate details.
Hi Victoria, what can you tell us about Victoria Fergusson Accessories? Mine is a small artisan business, just me, I do everything! So, all beading, creating and correspondence too, which makes for a very personal service and experience. I absolutely love what I do, I’m completely obsessed with beads and embroidery and just love that weddings allow me to indulge my passion. I’m also an experienced make-up and hair artist which lends a whole other layer to my involvement and understanding of a brides wedding day look.
What did you do before and how does that experience help you now? I studied Costume & Make-up for the Performing Arts at The London College of Fashion before setting up my business. So, all aspects of make-up were covered and lots of wig dressing! These skills are put to good use at my brides weddings, creating beautiful, lasting make-ups and hairstyles. The knowledge of hairstyling is a huge benefit in my accessory designing too.
What motivated you to set up Victoria Fergusson Accessories? I designed a little headdress for my own wedding, but found I couldn’t stop creating and experimenting to improve on my designs. I fell in love with weddings and was already working as a make-up and hair artist – the two things just seemed perfect together.
What kind of brides do you work with? My brides are all very unique in their style; glamorous, vintage, boho… the thing they all seem to have in common is an appreciation of the carefully handcrafted items I make. They love that they are not mass produced and are tailored to them personally.
What was your starting point for the collection? I always like to start with a collection of new materials; gems, settings, beads and sequins etc. New colours and shapes, that sort of thing. Then, on this occasion I wanted to create a collection of really versatile elements that could be worn as individual pieces or multiplied in numbers to create unique looks, either subtle or with more impact. I also wanted the designs to combine with each other so they offer the bride imaginative styling options. Lots of treasures for the wearer to pick and choose from.
How much have you learnt from your past brides about their accessories desires and how did this help you design each piece? I find brides will admire and enjoy trying on bold statement pieces but often choose something more subtle. They also want accessories that are comfortable and easy to secure, hence the collection of interchangeable, versatile smaller pieces, some of which can be set with the super user friendly ‘snap-close’ clips.
What makes a Victoria Fergusson accessory different? I hope it’s the unique style of my designs coupled with the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that is second to none.
Who do you respect and admire in the design world? Well I do love a bit of Elie Saab, embellishment on a heavenly level.
What about wedding trends? Are you a slave to fashion, or do you follow your heart? I do think it’s important to keep up to date with wedding trends but, I have a unique style to what I do and that will always shape my designs, I’m happy for the trends to filter through in some way but I don’t set out to design something ‘on trend’.
What challenges have you set yourself for the next 12 months? Well, before too long I’ll be thinking about the next collection, I’d also like to create something colourful with bridesmaids and the Honeymoon in mind too!
You can meet Victoria and try on pieces from the Treasured Collection at the Victoria Fergusson Designer Day at Luella’s on Saturday 9th April. Find out more here. Alternatively, visit www.victoriafergusson.co.uk to view the full range!