A steady loyal clientele grew with Clariscia from 1997 seeking outfits that would take them from; business wear, holiday resort wear, to their outfits for evening and special events. These clients began asking Clariscia to also design their wedding dresses as they found it impossible to find dresses that reflected them. Thus, a few years later, Clariscia Gill Bridal was born. Primarily, it’s concept was based around the bride who did not feel moved by a huge meringue type dress but who wanted something to compliment her personality.
Clariscia spent some time with us here at House of Coco to tell us more…
When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?
Clariscia Gill Bridal was launched in 1995. It grew organically as many clients from my already established Couture business began asking me to also make their wedding dresses as they just could not find what was right for them. I was often told by clients that they found only the same things style wise when they more wanted something that reflected their personality.
Whats your background?
I knew aged 6 that this is what I wanted to do after my first taste being fascinated by watching my mother sew. I trained at the London College Of Fashion and also did an apprenticeship in Film, TV and Theatrical at Bermans & Nathans, the same place Alexander McQueen later did an appren- ticeship. It was strict working conditions but invaluable experience for me to really develop my couture cutting and sewing skills.
How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?
Clariscia Gill Couture & Bridal moves forwards thanks to a growing team of associates spanning roles in; Business development management, Media and brand PR, events management, visual creative direction and skilled couture artisans.
(Photographer Guiliano Eboulia)
Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?
I love dancing salsa!
2015 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?
I will be launching an online store whilst still keeping the ethos of limited style runs. Amongst other things, the store will include items of important wardrobe staples with contemporary twists. I will also take time to write some books about some of the experiences that I have had on my fashion journey.
To date, what has been the highlight since launching?
There have been so many highlights for which I’m most thankful. Being flown to a castle by a bridal friend and client for their wedding with the entire Castle solely at the disposal of the wedding party was most memorable or more recently, an invite to Buckingham Palace for a reception to meet the Queen, Prince Phillip, Charles and other members of the Royal family. Then there are the many wonderful regular highlights, the beaming smiles and testimonials from clients whom have been given confidence like the wheelchair bound bride who had been turned away from three bridal stores or the client with a mastectomy from breast cancer who was able to wear a dress that made her feel totally at ease and comfortable.
Which city do you feel most at home in, London, Paris or New York?
There are aspects of all three that appeal for different reasons. NY is up there as I have loads of family and friends there, Paris as I have a partnering link with a French fashion school that sends work experience students to me for couture tutoring but London of course, for me is always home!
(Photographer Trevor Fogah-Griffiths)
Three beauty products you can’t leave the house without?
Toulou organics award winning Vanilla Pod, Aloe Vera & Baobab Body Crème L’occitane hand crème, Blinc mascara in black or purple.
Embracing and being comfortable with you, not just following fashion.
Best thing about London to you?
The fantastic fashion and art exhibitons and it’s eclectic mix of people. Statement shoe or statement bag?
If you had to, what piece of clothing from your wardrobe would you wear everyday?
If I had to, be assured that the designer in me would make sure it did not look the same everyday!
Favourite love song?
My musical taste is much too broad to be able to single out just one.
Best place for a coffee?
Soory but I’m not a coffee drinker…. Postcard Teas on Dering Street
(Photographer Trevor Fogah-Griffiths)
Most memorable piece of advice given to you?
A shoe designer friend in my very early days told me to trademark my name. He hadn’t done so and had to undergo a long process stopping someone who used his name to sell shoes. That ad- vice came from Jimmy Choo and I can assure you, he didn’t have to tell me twice.
If you have to feel guilty, it’s not a pleasure….
If you could spent 24 hours in anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hmmmnnn, how about a world cruise tailored to visit the many places I’ve not yet travelled too then you can ask me again….
Where can people find out more?