Archive for October, 2010


Today’s featured dress comes from the brand new Anne Barge Couture line. Made of absolutely gorgeous french Aloncon lace, this elegant gown feels as luxurious on as it looks. Snug against the body, the gown skims your curves then flares for a dramatic skirt and chapel train. The hem and neckline are edged is gorgeous lace scallop for a finished look, and for the wow factor we added a dramatic matching lace bow on the hip. This simple adornment allows the dress to be formal, modern, preppy or vintage. This gown works in most locations, but I would be wary of informal locals. It will work any time of year and is great on any body type willing to show off your curves. For more details, pricing or locations please contact us at info@AnneBarge.com. This dress is on trunk  shows, so make your appointment now to see it in person!!!!

Before trunk shows I always do a little bit of sightseeing on stores websites to get an idea of how the trunk show is going to go. This weekend we happen to have one of our biggest trunk shows of the year at Kleinfeld Bridal. Yes, they are the stars of the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress. Poking around on the website I found one of the coolest things I have ever seen…photos of their past display windows. After seeing what amazing pieces of art their windows were I just knew I had to share them with you. Who wouldn’t want to stop in after seeing these!!!

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=kleinfeld-windows

I don’t know about where you live, but here it has been raining non-stop all day. The worst part about the rainy day was that I had to be out in it. My shoes and jeans got soaked, and I hate being wet! I should have been wearing one of these two new Anne Barge dresses. Their hems would have stayed dry!

“The rain is over, the land is dry…why the heck are your pants so high?”

Before a gown walks down the runway it goes through months of review and editing. Every detail is looked over with a fine eye, and the dress evolves as a result of this creative process.

The process starts with a sketch. Usually, hundreds of sketches are waded through until one is chosen to go up on “the board”. Once the dress has made it to “the board” the fun begins.

The next step is the muslin step. We have the dress made in a cheap cotton fabric. The muslin is not lined, but does have boning so the structure of the gown can be determined. The muslin is fit onto a model and then sent back to be fixed.

While the dress is going through these muslin fittings, fabrics are choosen. Should the dress be made in satin, taffeta or organza? How many layers of tulle would make this skirt big enough?  Should we use ribbon athe waist or a band? The dresses are also getting their preliminary beading and notion ideas.  After this is decided the edited muslins are sent back to be turned into the final dress.

The final samples arrive and they are gorgeous, but are they done? Nope. Now is when all the final touches are added. Beaded motifs, fancy buttons, ribbon, flowers and more. Each dress gets tried back on the same fit model. The model then get circled multiple times as final adornments are pinned on and choosen. Then, once those adornments have been put on, she gets circled again!

The dress does not leave until every little thing is perfect. It’s not wonder with all these steps the dress ends up looking nothing like the original sketch. One thing I have learned from watching designers work…you have to let the creative process take you where it takes you.

Check out this link for Brides.com. It features multiple designers sketches verse real dresses. What do you think?

http://www.brides.com/wedding-dresses-style/bridal-runway-shows/2010/10/wedding-dresses-bridal-runway-sketches-gowns-fashion-designers

Meridith met Anne Barge at a 2007 trunk show at The White Room in Birmingham , AL. Together they found Meridith the perfect gown for her wedding, and she looked absolutly amazing on her big day. Recently she sent us more photos of her wedding and her amazing Anne Barge gown. She is a dazzling example of a trunk show success and blushing bride. We wish her all the best and thank her for being such a great example!

Photos by: Frank Carrnaggio

One of the greatest things about going to market in New York is that we get to see all our stores in person. We talk to them so often and  know all about their lives, but so rarely do we get to be face to face. It’s the equivalent to seeing your long lost friends after months of seperation. What you may not know about our stores, is that each one of them is the absolute best in their area. They were carefully hand choosen to represent our line. Some we have been with for a long time and other’s are new friends, but we love them all. Even if you are not looking at an Anne Barge dress, I encourage you to visit one of our stores. Their service is unparalleled and they will treat you like the special bride you are. Thank you to all our stores, and it was so great to see you!!!! Let’s not wait so long until next time!

Inside photo of Belle Vie Bridal Couture – Chicago, IL

Photo The White Dress By The Shore – Clinton, CT

Photo The White Magnolia – Jacksonville, FL

TO FIND A STORE NEAR YOU EMAIL US AT INFO@ANNEBARGE.COM

STORES  - WANT SOME OF YOUR PHOTOS UP EMAIL THEM TO ME AND BE A FEATURED STORE

Our Facebook friend Tiffany asked us this question.

“I volunteered at chicago bridal market last week,however i worked for an acessories designer. Me being an aspiring designer in school i did learn a little about veils an jewelry,however I am wondering how an actual bridal line is created. I love Anne Barge’s collections. What does creating such amazing seasonal lines take to create them or the steps to create ?”

We begin with a big brainstorming and sketching session, and Anne comes up with tons of beautiful designs. Over time the sketches are edited down to the favorites, and we are left with a “collection”. Fabrics, beading and notions are then researched to find new and beautiful things. While the finishing details are being researched and picked out, the dresses are made in a basic cotton fabric called muslins. These are then fit on a model to make sure it enhances a woman’s body and fits correctly. After that everything is put together into the final dress. Once it is finished we go over it again to tweak anything until the dress is 100% perfect. Once it clears Anne’s eye we send it to market and then to brides. Nothing but perfection gets through this rigorous process!

Hope that helps Tiffany. Thank you so much for that question!!!!

I think that we can officially call this a successful market! We created a beautiful line, put on a breathtaking fashion show, met with our wonderful stores, and humbly absorbed the compliments on our new collection.  We have all started to make the journey home, but our travels are far from over. Now, we will fan out across the country to bring these new dresses to you, our brides. After all, that is who we do all this for. Check our Facebook page and website to find out when the gowns will be in a city near you for a trunk show. To see photos of the new collection visit Martha Stewart’s Wedding website at the link below. Our pictures with detailed shots will be up as soon as I get my hands on them…promise!

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/anne-barge-fall-2011-collection

Good Things!

Darcy Miller’s Blog – www.MarthaStewartWeddings.com

“I sat next to my friend Mark Ingram of the Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier for the Anne Barge show. He’s been selling Anne Barge dresses for 10 years, and he has known her for 15. We all know Anne’s designs are classic, and Mark loves that she excels in beadwork and embroidery. You can also see lots of beautiful laces and floral details. Mark is also excited about how she’s been playing with options for necklines — like a square neckline — perfect for the romantic bride!

Cute short dress — the photo does not do it justice.

Very Jackie O.

Mark and I at the show.

Hilary – Owner of Alta Moda Bridal Boutique in Utah – http://www.altamodabridal.com/blog

If you read this blog, even infrequently (shame on you), our adoration of Anne Barge and her eponymous collection is vividly evident. When I see one of her gowns, I swoon. And I am most usually a swooner or even one to use that word in my posts, but she warrants it.

Proof is herehere, and, uh, here.

Are you still looking for proof of how fantastic this lovely line of wedding dresses really is? Well, here you go:

Anne introduced a soft youthfulness to her line while still maintaining that classic elegance for which she is known. You only get the three images for now (mean, right?), but more are to follow.  It’ll make you want to wear two dresses to your wedding.  (Just as Mara.)

Today was a big day for us at Anne Barge and it could not have gone better. Our runway show was a huge success. Not only did our dresses look fantastic, but our models “worked it”. With vintage tunes floating in the air each style had it’s chance to shine showed off with vintage jewelry, elbow gloves, and coordinating veils. Styled to perfection the gowns wowed both stores and publications. I promise pictures by Monday! And now battle weary and threadbare we are all retiring to bed to ensure fresh faces for all our stores tomorrow. See you soon!

It BEING SATURDAY, I AM THE LAST OF THE TEAM TO ARRIVE IN THE BIG APPLE. WE HAVE BEEN MAKING OUR WAY HERE SINCE SATURDAY TO BEING THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE BIG DEBUT ON SUNDAY AND APPOINTMENTS WITH OUR STORES FOLLOWING. THERE IS ALWAYS AN OVERWHLEMING SENSE OF FRENZIE ONCE WE ARRIVE IN THE CITY. I  AM NOT SURE IF IT IS GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE WEEKEND, JOINING INTO THE NEW YORK ENERGY, OR JUST RHE CONSTANT TICKING OF THE CLCOK. IT IS THE GREATEST FEELING IN THE WORLD AN SUCH A RUSH. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SKYDIVING AND TAKING PART IN NEW YORK BRIDAL WERK, I DONT THINK I NEED TO. I WISH YOU ALL COULD RXPERIENCE THIS RUSH, AND WE LOVE DOING IT BECAUSE OF THE BRIDES WE DO IT FOR! MORE UPDATES TO COME LATER EXAPECIALLY ONCE I UNITE WIITH ECERYONE. PLEASE PARDON THE TYPOS AS I DID THIS ON MY IPHONE IN A TAXI…A FEAT IN ITSELF!