For any of you brides-to-be about to embark on the dream dress search, today’s post couldn’t be better timed as we’re bringing you a first look at the stunning new collection from British bridal brand Catherine Parry.
Created by co-founder and designer Maria Ryan – granddaughter of Catherine Parry, the inspiration behind the brand – the Decadence collection includes 16 gorgeous dresses with a silhouette and style to suit every bride.
Designed to appeal to the modern aspirational woman, who is individual yet craves an element of timeless elegance for their big day, the collection varies from sleek statement gowns to romantic flowing A-lines in high-quality fabrics and with carefully considered structure for the perfect fit.
As fans of standout back detailing, personal highlights for us include the wow-worthy Anoushka and Lucinda, though the chic long-sleeved Gabriella with illusion lace train is also a firm favourite. Scroll on to discover which of these gorgeous gowns will turn your head as we hear more about Decadence from its talented creator…
Can you start by giving us a brief overview of your gorgeous Decadence collection?
Maria says: We’re really excited about the new Decadence collection as it heralds a new design direction for Catherine Parry. With previous collections we’ve tried to give a modern twist to many of the classic bridal styles, however with Decadence we wanted to offer a bolder and more seductive look for today’s empowered woman.
Where did you draw inspiration from for this particular set of dresses?
This collection draws inspiration in part from the couture designs originating from some of the middle eastern fashion houses, which have been worn by celebrities such as Beyonce, Gigi Hadid and even Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. We just adore the opulence and glamour of some of their creations.
Can you tell us about the various styles and silhouettes of the gowns within the collection?
The Decadence collection features 16 styles. There are sleek and sexy, figure-hugging gowns in crepe, with dramatic illusion details and statement trains to add wow-factor, and A-lines in soft and flowing fabrics with beautiful lace and subtle hand-beaded details for a more Boho look.
And what about the fabrics, detailing, colourways?
There are some real standout designs and the ones that got the biggest reaction when we launched the collection to our retailers earlier this year were Anoushka, which is a fitted crepe gown with an incredible illusion back and a dramatic, scalloped-edge lace train; Seraphina, which is another fitted crepe gown with a beautiful bodice that’s covered in 3D lace, and Lucinda, which is made from an unusual, finely-beaded fabric in a subtle blush hue known as Light Rum Pink.
Colour is also a standout feature of Savannah, which is has an ornately beaded bodice with deep cutaways at the sides, partnered with an A-line tulle skirt in a rich hue that we call Mocha.
Do you have a particular favourite within the collection?
Mia is one of our favourite gowns – which is one of the reasons why we named it after our daughter! It has a beautiful Mikado skirt (with the ever-popular pockets!) and an intricately beaded lace bodice, with buttons all the way to the end of the train. It’s adorable, just like its namesake!
Which design from the collection would you suggest for a bride looking for traditional elegance?
Davina is one of the more traditional styles in the collection – it’s a beautiful and very flattering drop-waist gown with a soft tulle A-line skirt and a gorgeous, hand-beaded lace bodice. A layer of glitter tulle in the skirt creates a subtle sparkle as the bride moves, adding just a touch of magic.
Valentina will also appeal to the more traditional bride. It’s a beautifully feminine, soft and flowing tulle gown with an embellished lace top that features a high neckline at the front and a low back, with delicate lace straps.
And what design would you suggest for a bride wanting more of a statement gown and why?
While we expect the Decadence collection to have wide appeal, brides looking for a real statement gown are absolutely spoilt for choice. Angelique, Gabriella and Vivienne all feature the most incredible lace illusion trains that will wow wedding guests as the bride walks down the aisle and look just incredible in the wedding photos!
What would you say are the main design features of a Catherine Parry gown and the key considerations when putting together a collection?
Beyond the beautiful designs, what really sets a Catherine Parry gown apart is the quality of the fabrics that we use. Not only do we want the bride to look incredible, but we want her to feel amazing too – and a big part of this is about how the gown feels against the skin. So, we go to great lengths to source the finest crepes, soft and flowing tulles, silk organzas and chiffons.
Brides are often unaware that every Catherine Parry gown is handmade to order, with every single bead painstakingly sewn on by hand, which is why a gown can take up to 16 weeks to make from start to finish. Whilst they aren’t couture dresses, it’s still a very traditional, artisan process.
With the Decadence collection, we also wanted to ensure that the gowns have an even better fit, so we made some changes to our sizing and to the internal structure of the gowns.
What type of bride is a Catherine Parry bride?
We believe that the Catherine Parry bride is aspirational and someone who values individuality and design, yet she wants a gown that has timeless elegance.
Our retailers often tell us that their brides love the fact that Catherine Parry is a British brand and that all of the gowns are designed here in Wales.
Where is the Decadence Collection available from and what is the size range of the dresses?
Catherine Parry gowns are currently available from more than 45 independent bridal boutiques across the UK and Ireland and brides can find their nearest stockist here.
If the retailer doesn’t carry a particular style, the bride can ask them to order a loan sample for them to try at the boutique.
The majority of our gowns start from a UK size 8 (though bridal sizing is typically a little smaller than high street, so a bridal size 8 is equivalent to a high street size 6). Most go up to size 26 and we do have a handful of styles that can be made in size 32+
Any other exciting news to share?
We are currently preparing to exhibit at The Harrogate Bridal Show in September, which is one of the largest bridal exhibitions in Europe.
Whilst the Harrogate show is only open to trade visitors, we always post lots of images from the show – including sneak peeks of styles for the following season – on our social media channels.
Our Instagram feed is also the place to see behind the scenes images and videos from our photoshoots. We shot the latest images of the Decadence collection in Barcelona, which is such a beautiful city, and the images are just fabulous!