After a rugged winter, Spring is here! And it is inspiring lovers! In just the last week I heard of three wedding engagements of young women I know. This got me reminiscing about the wedding ensembles I have made for sisters and friends over the years. I thought you might like to see them.
My BFF and future business partner, Lida, got married during my suede appliqué period in the fall of 1970 seven years before Hanky Panky was conceived. White suede with pink and green etched and appliqued suede blooms.
After nuptials in the Rabbi’s study on 5th Avenue, my sister Mopsy had the most charming, intimate gathering in Central Park on a perfect day in June of 1983. The dress was made of hand-embroidered linen handkerchiefs combined with fine linen. We all walked over to Cafe des Artistes for dinner and were seated at the table next to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. *Swoon*
Lida’s second dress, fall 1983: This was my hand-embroidered chiffon scarf phase which evolved out of the handkerchief designs for our company. A version of this dress and cover was a peignoir set available in the Hanky Panky collection.
My sister Debby was married in Charleston, SC in September of 1987. I made her dress from ivory charmeuse and a beautiful Leavers lace that I was also using for Hanky Panky creations at the time.
Nancy is Debby’s identical twin. I made her a very different dress of similar components when she married in the summer of 1996 in our hometown of St. Louis.
Toody is a close equestrian friend. I was thrilled that she wanted something unusual for her outdoor farm wedding in the fall of 1998. Her long sleeved, funnel neck, lacy top and cotton/Lycra tank underneath were from the Hanky Panky collection at the time. I made a skirt from many layers of tulle. For the last last layer I sewed hemp hay-baling twine around the hem, while pulling the tulle, to create a frothy effect. Under that top layer were randomly attached fall leaves.
The daughter of a mutual friend of Lida and mine, Sara’s outdoor Adirondack summer 2003 wedding called for a soft chiffon floral print with lots of ruffles. So romantic.