With a history of impressively elegant, gracious and luxurious wedding dress collections, the Caroline Castigliano brand is soon to celebrate 21 years in the wedding industry. It’s a fabulous achievement and an inspiration to see such quality and style from a bridal designer at the very top of her game.
The Elite: Caroline Castigliano: an interview
Caroline, your gowns are so exquisitely made and with so much thought for movement and grace in the designs – to what extent are your dresses inspired by their wearers? When you design a new collection are you imagining the girls who’ll wear your gowns?
“Yes, I always consider the girl that will wear my gowns, I often pop into my Knightsbridge boutique so I am fortunate to be able to meet and see brides and really visualise exactly how I want them to look when I am designing a new collection.
“A Castigliano bride has a true sense of self – she knows who she is and wants her gown to express her personality and her style. Castigliano brides love the understated simplicity that we create but the beauty of the cut and luxury fabrics that we use create an incredible sense of power.”
Castigliano wedding dresses have that timeless elegance to them. Has the royal wedding influenced your styles for the coming season?
“Kate Middleton’s dress was beautiful and very much had the feel of a Castigliano gown – I haven’t designed anything differently in the sense of reflecting her dress, but a gown in the collection, ‘Mademoiselle’, has the slightly more contemporary feel of the Kate Middleton dress.”
Tell me about your typical bride – does she have a strong idea of what she wants from her wedding dress?
“Our typical bride knows she wants contemporary yet classic, understated style. She may already have a silhouette in mind but quite often that won’t be right for her and we will work with her on the overall impact and vision she wants to create so we know it will be perfection when she looks in the mirror. The balance and proportions of the gown with the structure and movement of the fabric will create her perfect dress.”
Who do you admire in the wedding industry? Do you work alongside other wedding suppliers: photographers, planners perhaps?
“From time to time we work with other wedding suppliers and of course wedding planners, and there are a lot of people in the industry I admire. Love & Lord have established a well-deserved reputation for planning divine weddings in Europe. We recently shot a new advertising campaign at The Dorchester on Park Lane and I think that the opulence of the hotel makes it an amazing venue for a London wedding. Jane Packer creates extremely beautiful floral displays and it was very sad to hear of her passing earlier this year.”
How do you see the Castigliano brand developing in the next 5 years?
“The next 5 years will be the most exciting and we will be 21 on the 10th January 2012! We have been developing the brand and selling around the world to independent retailers – we will continue this over the next few years and we also plan to branch off into a few other fields that are relevant to girls when they get married! I am afraid this is all a bit hush-hush so I can’t tell you exactly the plan but you’ll be seeing a lot of the Castigliano brand.”
Oooooh! I do love a cliffhanger! I’ll be watching Caroline Castigliano on facebook to uncover more of this intrigue!
You can meet Caroline Castigliano
Caroline will be travelling to her boutiques in Bath, Leeds and Edinburgh in January and February to meet brides and offer them her personal advice. This is a unique chance to meet Caroline and discuss your wedding gown and styling for your big day with the designer herself.
Caroline Castigliano Designer Days 2012:
- Saturday 14th January – CC Bath (01225 789 900)
- Saturday 28th January – CC Edinburgh (0131 558 3355)
- Sunday 5th February – CC Leeds (0113 234 0990)
Please note that Caroline anticipates high demand for appointments on Designer Days, so do book early with the appropriate boutique to avoid disappointment. More information
Caroline looks forward to meeting you in 2012!
(Watch this great interview with Caroline from Brides magazine – what a lovely lady she is! – and hear Caroline’s thoughts on 2012 wedding dress trends, Kate Middleton’s dress and more!)