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The Exceptional Wedding Gift

Posted 2 years ago by Greek Concierge in

Finding the perfect wedding gift can be an overwhelming experience. It should be something tasteful, luxurious and unique with lifetime value. And so it seems only right to share with you, it is rather like finding hidden treasure, The Little Costume Shop.

The Little Costume Shop was conceived by Vin Burnham, an international costume designer with an impressive track record at The Royal Opera House London and on Hollywood films such as Batman, The Fifth Element and Prometheus. Their latest endeavour offers a new and exciting bespoke service enabling the bride and bridesmaid to have their dress perfectly replicated in miniature. What could be more unique for the ultimate romantic wedding or anniversary gift?

“We believe that your original dress should not be relegated to tissue paper in a box. Instead it can be recreated in miniature to act as a joyful memento of the ‘big day’, to be displayed as an eye-catching work of art in the living room or on your dressing table.” – VB

These exquisite quarter scale gowns are made entirely by hand with the skill and remarkable attention to detail that Vin and her expert team imbue in each piece. Vintage textiles and lace, silks, hand painting, embroidery and Swarovski crystals are just a few of the elements used in creating these miniature works of art. Every unique commission is re-created from photographs and viewings of the original dress, even down to the veil, tiara and now, even hair!

Wig making is the latest skill that The Little Costume Shop has added to their ever-growing list of expertise. These beautiful wigs are made out of the finest human hair with each strand added meticulously by hand! A long and arduous process which adds the crowning glory to the finished piece. It’s easy to understand why these miniatures are limited edition collector’s items.

“When I saw it in all its glory, I felt almost as emotional as when I saw my original dress for the first time. Vin’s work meant that much more since she had replicated a memory just for me, a memory that is currently in a box underneath my bed at home. She has captured something that a photograph can’t – a physical piece of history that is now on display for me to look at every day. And the awe with which guests that visit my house look at it is just as wonderful. I have a story behind it – that the lady, who has had a career in films, television, ballet and theatre, dressing everyone from Batman to Lady Gaga, took the time out to create me something that I will cherish forever. This truly is one of a kind and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else.” – Nina

When presented with her wedding dress miniature Annabel said

“It is the ultimate souvenir of my big day, all my friends want one now!”

The Little Costume Shop also creates miniature ballet and opera costumes that would delight any new owner no matter the occasion and as Christmas is fast approaching why not treat your loved one to the most unique Christmas gift: our Snowflake Fairy costume miniature. With silver tissue glittering beneath the top layer of silk tulle, the bodice elaborately beaded with tiny Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and sequins this Fairy will be the perfect decoration for your home or tree!

Amoret was delighted when she received her miniature wedding dress.

“Everything down to the material, the ribbon, the bolero, was an exact match to what I was wearing on the day. It’s perfect”.

Have a look at our latest video to see the full view of our Lilac Fairy Miniature in all her glory www.vimeo.com/74560687

Further information and images are available from Vin on request – vinilla@thelittlecostumeshop.com

www.thelittlecostumeshop.com + 44 (0)7973 343739 or + 44 (0)1825 791563

www.vin-burnham.com

Twitter: @VinBurnham, @Little Costume Shop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelittlecostumeshop

Photography by George Chinn and Rebecca Maynes



Summer Bridal Party Attire

Posted 3 years ago by Greek Concierge in

Now that you’ve found that perfect gown, it’s time to focus on what dresses the members of your bridal party will be donning on your special day. When most of us think of the traditional gowns worn by bridesmaids, images of flamboyant and obnoxious grotesque masses of dreadful colored fabric in unflattering styles. However, with the change in wedding attire, bridal gowns, as well as bridesmaids’ dresses, are getting a new look. Wedding gown designers are creating gowns that are sensible, yet elegant, and today’s bridesmaids’ dresses are bold, original pieces that are fashionable, yet simple enough to wear long after the wedding is over.

Some hot fashion trends in bridesmaid dresses consist of girly frills like ruffles, dainty lace, and elegant silhouettes, which match perfectly with 2013’s bridal gown designs. Bridesmaids’ dresses are also being updated in rich colours like mellow, soft tones, making them ideal for a wedding taking place in the summer or early fall.

Dainty Dresses

Darling, effeminate elements have been added to bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. This bridal season, expect to see eye-catching adornments such as lace, beading, shear material, and other dainty embellishments. Bridal apparel designers have also added to the feminine factor, by using soft tones, such as light pinks, pale yellows, and even subtle greys. Designers have incorporated ruffles to their bridesmaid dresses with flirtatious frills at the hem or bustline of bridesmaid gowns.

Not only are these dresses available in delicate details and mild hues, which is quintessential for the summer bridesmaid, but the lightweight fabrics used to make these dresses match perfectly with the colours and details that are currently popular with contemporary bridal parties. What’s more, these simple dresses are available from a bevy of retailers, including M&S.

Striking Silhouettes

Because the shape and cut of any garment is important to its fit, it’s important to find bridesmaids’ gowns that look good and flatter all members of your bridal party. Fortunately, contemporary bridesmaids’ dresses are being made in a variety of cuts and shapes that suit every member of the bridal party. If you have shapely, curvaceous bridesmaids, opt for styles in silhouettes that complement any body type. If you prefer that all your bridesmaids don matching dresses in colour and style, A-line dresses are an excellent choice because they are versatile and flatter nearly any body type, and, unlike many other dress styles, the fabric used for A-line gowns can vary from light fabrics, such as loosely draped chiffon, to heavier fabrics like organza, which gives the dress definition.

For the bustier ladies in your bridal party, A-line dresses with a sweetheart neckline are a brilliant fit and don’t show off too much of the chest area. Bridesmaid gowns with empire waists also look attractive on women of any sizes, and the cut of the neckline can either amplify or minimize the bustline. Most importantly, this style is comfy and relaxed and can be worn at other formal occasions.

The Little Costume Shop – Costume, fashion and wedding dresses created in quarter scale

Posted 3 years ago by Greek Concierge in

“Little works of art … ” Darcey Bussell
Available online at www.thelittlecostumeshop.com, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

The Little Costume Shop, known for it’s detailed quarter scale costumes and fashion has recently launched ‘Weddings’ which offers wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses made to perfection in quarter scale. Headdresses, tiaras, veils and bouquets can also be made to order. These make the most precious, romantic wedding and anniversary presents imaginable.

At The Little Costume Shop, meticulous attention is paid to achieving every last detail in producing their costume or wedding dress miniatures; they hunt down exactly the right type and weight of fabric, to reflect the cut and drapery of the original dress correctly, as well as scouring their “secret sources” of antique textiles for lace and trimmings which are expertly put together with contemporary silks from India, China, France and Switzerland.

Their mission is perfection, and to achieve this Vin favours traditional hand sewing skills, learned from their many combined years making period costumes for theatre and film, as well as couture sewing, but not to the exclusion of some surprising modern technology. Vin has recently introduced laser cutting into her extensive range of techniques to achieve a precision in materials from stainless steel to silk that would not otherwise be achievable by even the most skilled of hand workers.

Beading and bejeweling plays an important role in embellishing wedding dress miniatures; using needles the size of a hair, minute beads and sequins are sewn with fine silk thread. This process requires endless patience. It is simply not possible to rush the work, it takes ‘as long as it takes’. Vin explains “In these days of impossibly tight deadlines, mass production and ‘time is money’, we have deliberately chosen not to subscribe to this ethos”. With memories of her Grandmother spending hour upon hour embroidering forget-me-knots onto tablecloths, Vin and her team find the slow, painstaking work has an almost meditative effect, and is consequently all the more rewarding. “If a job is rushed, it is stressful, and this has a detrimental affect on the final result. If it is a pleasure to make it will look better, it is as simple as that”.

Wedding dress replica’s in quarter scale start at around £1500 and children’s bridesmaids dresses from £750. For a free estimate, please send a clear full-length photo of your dress to Vin at vinilla@me.com or join the mailing list at www.thelittlecostumeshop.com

Further information and images are available from Vin on request – vinilla@thelittlecostumeshop.com

www.thelittlecostumeshop.com + 44 (0)7973 343739 or + 44 (0)1825 791563

www.vin-burnham.com

Twitter: @VinBurnham, @Little Costume Shop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelittlecostumeshop

Photo Credits: Richard Wilding



The most romantic wedding and anniversary present of all

Posted 3 years ago by Greek Concierge in


Photo Credit: Mike Daines

“Little works of art ..” Darcey Bussell

Now available through the Kennedy Center, Washington DC

 

Vin Burnham is the founder of The Little Costume Shop, a collection of exquisite hand made costume miniatures that are commissioned online and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which is where Vin started her career in costume design in the Fonteyn and Nureyev era.

Following a glittering film & TV career in the UK and Hollywood, Vin decided to go back to her roots in opera and ballet and she launched The Little Costume Shop in 2009. The exquisite quarter scale costumes are sold in both limited editions and special bespoke single pieces, which incorporate vintage textiles, silks, hand dyed tulle, hand painting, lace, 1920’s sequins and Swarovski crystals.

The latest addition is Little Costume Shop Weddings which offers your very own wedding dress made to perfection in quarter scale, which can easily be displayed in the home to commemorate the most important day of your life.

“Men love to buy these pieces for their wives & girlfriends; they make the ultimate romantic gifts for wedding and anniversary presents, and women buy them because they evoke such strong emotional memories”. VB.

Starting at just over £1,000, the current collection is exhibited in the Royal Opera House and Kennedy Center front of house showcases.

 “I enjoy my beautiful little costumes every day! Little treasures! Can’t wait to add to my collection”. BW. Patron of the Royal Ballet

 “These are stunning, beautifully made scale models. You can see the skill and love and remarkable attention to detail that has gone into each and every stitch, breathtaking and unique work”. J.A. 3 x Oscar winning costume designer.

Further information and images are available from Vin on request – vinilla@thelittlecostumeshop.com

www.thelittlecostumeshop.com + 44 (0)7973 343739  or  + 44 (0)1825 791563

www.vin-burnham.com

Twitter: @VinBurnham, @Little Costume Shop
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelittlecostumeshop

Photo Credit: Rebecca Maynes

Hire the perfect DJ for your Luxurious London Wedding

Posted 4 years ago by Greek Concierge in

Shakespeare said “if music be the food of love, play on” and nothing is as true as at a wedding. The music that you choose becomes an integral part of the day almost a backdrop to the whole occasion. From the string quartet that announces your entrance, to the hired DJ or band chosen to play at the reception getting the music right is essential.

The first thing to remember when it comes to hiring in London is experience so enquire how many weddings they have performed at. A good DJ probably has a website where previous clients have left feedback. They should be able to guess the mood of the room and play songs suitable for the bridal party and her guests. There should be a light atmosphere with a playlist including a variety of songs in order to keep the event fresh and enjoyable.

At Greek Concierge we believe the chosen DJ or band should be friendly, approachable and ready to mingle with the guests. Requests for songs that have special memories for the bridal party should always be honoured. Meet your chosen DJ ahead of time to gauge what kind of person they are as a good attitude and adaptability are essential for a wedding performer. If a piece of music is required that is not common or a cultural departure from the usual repertoire be sure they receive a copy in advance, or enough time to track it down. If you cannot meet them before the wedding ask to see feedback or videos from previous clients.

Cost can vary in London for DJs. Many professional companies can also provide an extra lighting rig and microphones for the speeches, reputable DJs also bring extra equipment with them so if something does happen don’t panic; the chances are they have a back up.

Remember as with every other service you have obtained it is a business agreement. Professionals will have a contract that you should sign no less than two months before the wedding. This contract outlines what you expect of them on the day itself such as the fee, the time slot agreed and the venue address. You do not want anyone getting lost on the day! If you require any extras these should also be listed.

We all know that an elegant wedding takes time and preparation. So don’t allow the stress and hassle of planning the perfect day to get to you. Let the team at Greek Concierge, take care of every little detail whilst you concentrate on creating those special memories.

Hiring the perfect DJ to satisfy any musical taste is simple with us.

Contact us at weddings@greekconcierge.com and we will take care of this important element together with any other services you might require.

 

 

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