Mini Wedding Dress
Fabric Free Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Wedding Dress with Interchangeable Train.
Gail Be, American, United States, 2005-2006
This ensemble is made exclusively from over 10,000 Swarovski crystal and glass pearl beads. Its' delicate sections are held together by satin ribbons. It weighs 18 pounds and took over 4 people over 1,500 hours to complete. The materials I used to create the accessories came from all over the world so I named them "International Pearl."
I actually created the headpiece and necklace when I first started making fully-beaded fashions in 2003. At the time I had been the exclusive jewelry designer for the larger trade shows in the Twin Cities. So I specialized in accessories for "regular" wedding dresses that had fabric.
I loved these accessories more than any I had ever made, so I knew making a dress to go with them was in my future. I love the long train and how it looks on the runway. I also love the sexy short skirt I made so the bride can easily dance after the formal ceremony.
This design took a lot of skill to construct, but it was a pure joy from beginning to end. Mostly, because I was making this on Heidi, my lead model—who is such a pleasure to work with because she loves long fittings, never complains and loves bows. It took dozens and dozens of hours for her to stand while I contoured it to her body and then many hours to learn how to walk and turn with such a heavy train.
Heidi wore the original accessories so I was delighted she could be the Muse for this dress two years later. When I saw the first photos of her in this dress I thought "This is, hands down, the sexiest wedding dress I've ever seen in my life." This ensemble meets all my fashion design criteria--it's feminine, powerful and of course sexy—even with bows. This dress also sets the mood—"Let the honeymoon begin."