Brit designer Ian Stuart has a way with drama. From start to finish, we were dazzled with big sweeping ball skirts, cream puff and leg-o-mutton sleeves, lace frills and wild bustling trains. Stuart's newest collection, Revolution Rocks! delivers on that promise.
The gowns are befitting of their namesakes: Antoinette, Dauphine, Harlequin, Libertine and Flower Bomb. His almost-black taffeta and lace ball gown, called Britannica, is his most fantastical and worthy of a cameo in Sofia Coppola's epic flick Marie Antoinette. The fitted corset bodice with a trim basque waist embellished in black lace contrasts the super-pouf sleeves and crinkled texture of the full skirt. She might be a ball gown, but she is clearly rock n' roll.
The Libertine ball gown, one of our favorites, is in charming pale blue striped taffeta, with a swagged side draped skirt, bubble hem and flowers tucked into the train, perfection for a Provençal princess. His witty shorter dresses, like Swan Lake and Va Va Voom, are super flirty and possess oodles of charm with their layers upon layers of tulle, lace and flowers.
Stuart is prolific in his quiet moments too. The Darcy empire-waisted gown is the perfect homage to the heroines of the great Austen novels in silk dupioni with a beaded lace yoke and sweet pouf cap sleeves. Tiger Lily might be made of uber-romantic French corded lace, but the silhouette mimics that of the classic Asian style "cheongsam" with a high mandarin collar, cap sleeves and slim fit.
Uncompromising and unapologetic, Stuart never disappoints brides who are looking to make a bold, spectacular gesture of style and drama.