The quest for the perfect dress for the mother-of-the-bride isn’t always easy. In fact, the options are limited and – in many cases – rather outdated. Gill Harvey offers the mother of the bride or groom a one-to-one curated experience so she can feel her absolute best on this special day. These dresses are not just garments; they’re declarations of style, glamour, and the kind of elegance that demands attention.
Nine years ago, Andrea Cutts and Gill Harvey embarked on a design journey. In that pivotal moment, the ‘Eliza Jane Howell’ Bridal Brand was born, and the ‘Gill Harvey’ occasion wear collection underwent a reinvention. Sensing a shift in the winds of fashion, both visionaries recognised the need for a departure from the old-fashioned bridal cliché. Their discerning eyes also identified a gap in the market – the mother of the bride collections seemed to lag behind, failing to resonate with the sophisticated tastes of today’s modern woman. In the hands of Cutts and Harvey, tradition meets innovations, birthing a vision that redefines occasion wear for the contemporary era.
The multi award-winning designs are an absolute triumph. Beaded dresses that practically whisper elegance, sophistication, and glamour in every stitch. Gill Harvey dresses are masterpieces that redefine the Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit game. Each gown is a showstopper, a head-turner that makes an individual statement louder than a confetti cannon at midnight.
A snapshot of the place:
You’ll find Gill Harvey located within the Eliza Jane Howell boutique in Connaught Village. The store itself is a visual feast, a kaleidoscope of embellished dresses and an array of options that cater to a range of tastes and preferences. Whether you envision a classic silhouette with a modern twist or a statement piece that radiates glamour, Gill Harvey’s collection is a divine selection of dresses of all lengths and sizes.
Who is dressing you?
You’re in the safe hands of co-founder Andrea Cutts and her assistant stylist Chloe. This one-to-one experience gives you the time and space to experiment with looks and find something exceptional.
Comfort is key and from the moment you arrive, you’re made to feel at ease. Which – in our case – was very important. I attended a try-on with my future mother-in-law, the mother-of-the-groom, Sarah. Despite her natural beauty and incredible physique, she was nervous about the appointment. Thankfully, at Gill Harvey they work by appointment on a one-to-one basis and use their years of experience to make sure our clients feel relaxed, are given the best style advice and don’t feel pressured.
There was no limit on dresses which allowed Sarah to try a variety of styles and colours. We had plenty of time to test the limits of Sarah’s comfort zone and find a style she felt truly confident and beautiful in.
Gill Harvey has six enchanting collections most of which can also be perused online prior to your appointment. There are both gowns that are available off the rack and the more intricately detailed outfits that are made to order. The latter are available in an extensive range of colours and any size. Gill Harvey champions the art of customization, and you have the power to transform your gown into a bespoke masterpiece. Whether you’re looking for a little tweak or a full bespoke service, there is no adjustment to big or small for the team; different necklines, sleeve-lengths, sleeve-shapes, dress lengths to flatter any figure.
Not only are the designs exquisite creations but they also offer a diverse array of options available at our store. From stunning bespoke gowns to ready-to-wear dresses off the peg, they offer a size-inclusive range from 8 to 26.
Reserve a slot 12-16 weeks in advance ensures the perfect planning window, though the Gill Harvey team is known to work miracles even within a shorter time frame.
An outfit isn’t complete without accessories and, whether you’re looking for a dazzling handbag, cape, brooch, headpiece, or hat; there is something to match your every need and make your outfit complete.
Dresses range between £599 to £1,300. Bespoke dresses start from £1800.
There is also no cost for appointments.
The need to know:
Gill Harvey at Eliza Jane Howell, 15 Connaught Street, W2 2AY, 020 7436 2992 www.gillharvey.com
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