Name: Alexandra Kowalski and Emily Martin
Location: 43 East 78th Street, 4th floor
Company: Bride’s Head Revisited
What is your aesthetic? Modern classic
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Our studio is located within our boutique. It is a light filled boutique on the 4th floor of an old brownstone on the Upper East Side. The classic lines and beautiful molding in the building give the boutique great character, and we’ve added black accents to the room that give it a nice modern clean edge which is softened by a great light blue and ivory rug.
Favorite part of your studio? The fact that we have combined our retail space with our work space and that it allows us to have the best of both worlds.
Where do you go for inspiration? Emily and I met while working at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Emily has a fashion history degree and I studied costume design, so we tend to go back to that when we’re looking for inspiration. We’re designing for modern women, so we try not to get too “vintagey”, we like to keep our designs modern with a classic look.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My tweezers. They’re invaluable for picking up the tiny Swarovski crystals that are incorporated into our combs and veils.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The ground floor. We are on a fourth floor walk-up, there are lots of pretty things to look at on the way up through The Wedding Library, but it can take the wind out of some people, and it can be hard on the mothers and grandmothers.
Anything else we should know? We work closely with our brides to create the perfect look for their wedding day and we specialize in custom designs. All of our designs are made-to-order and depending on the bride and her style, she may want something that is very customized. Emily and I love working with brides to create original designs, and having our studio as part of our boutique makes it much easier.
[images from Bride's Head Revisited]
Dress: Junko Yoshioka
I loved my dress! Everyone else did too, apparently. It was the first dress I tried on, and I instantly knew it was the one. Not one for frills, lace and sequins, this dress was draped ivory silk that suited my figure, beautifully architectural, and was made especially for me. Junko also designed a little bolero for me to wear for the church ceremony that was especially appropriate. I had 4 fittings total, the last one a week before the wedding to ensure a great fit, and they really worked to make the dress comfortable for me (extra boning so no uncomfortable corset!) Everyone at Junko Yoshioka was especially nice and knowledgeable.
Veil: Bridesheads Revisited
I went back and forth so many times when figuring out my veil…knowing that I didn’t want your standard cathedral length piece of tulle hanging off my head, I wasn’t left with many options. But after finding Brideshead Revisited at the New York Magazine Weddings Showcase last year, I kept them in the back of my mind for when the day came to try out veils, and promptly purchased the perfect one at The Wedding Library. The French veil had a removable gardenia that I could pin in my hair after the wedding, and was the perfect accessory.
[images from Belathée Photography and Junko Yoshioka]