“I wanted a wedding dress through which flowers seem to fall, like a meadow of flowers that intensifies into a very long, effective train. It went perfectly with my British bohemian romantic style. It was the embroidery that caught the eye of the V&A.
Each flower was hand painted here in the UK and then embroidered in a skilled craft studio in Mumbai. Then we cut lily of the valley embroidery from my mother’s 1982 wedding dress to complement the design. I’ve also had pearls and small beads sewn on and there is a risk of them getting stuck, but I’ve worn it for eight hours and it stayed perfect.
Giving this dress a life beyond my wedding day was an easy decision, although once you donate you won’t get it back, and V&A constantly has to take responsibility for its condition. I knew my daughter would never want to wear it, why should she? I can already say that at 15 months she will go her own way! When my mother saw the finished dress before my wedding day, she said it was V&A worthy and I am so glad she was right. ‘
“I gave it away to a stranger”
Roz Sanderson was married in Hereford on November 18, 2017 in a structured sleeveless dress by Jack Sullivan. This year she donated it to the Brides Do Good charity. On the same day, a new bride, Emily, chose it for their October wedding.