Enchanting, ethereal, impossibly romantic and entirely stylish, meet George Wu.
An inspired Australian wedding dress designer, who’s set to dominated internationally very soon, George Wu has been featured in Vogue and Elle, and his stunning gowns have been worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Margot Robbie.
And his latest collection, Wulfila’s Message, inspired by the Pagan philosophy of seeing the divine in the natural world, is modern, sensual, dramatic and beautiful.
Embracing the Pagan worship of women as all-powerful goddesses, George Wu’s designs have a sharp focus on creating silhouettes that are both feminine and flattering. Heavy construction and corsets are concealed under fluid, romantic gowns with delicate, yet modern embellishments.
But before you are entirely captivated by his unique, breathtaking designs, read our chat with George Wu about his best wedding dress advice for brides, and who would be his dream client of all time…
What inspired you to get into fashion design? Specifically bridal fashion?
The techniques used when creating a couture gown are what drew me to the bridal industry. From my experience studying and in the industry I believe that bridal couture is the best fit for my knowledge and passion.
I get to work with wonderful brides who appreciate my designs and skill set. Doing something you love everyday is definitely the best part of my job.
Who is the George Wu bride?
George Wu brides are fashion conscious, feminine, whimsical and effortless. They appreciate unique concepts and details that are merged with classical designs and styles for their big day.
What is the first thing you consider when you design a wedding gown?
My first step is figuring out what is the best silhouette for my bride and how that changes or compliments their natural shape.
A simple gown with an amazing fit and support can look like a it cost the same price as a small mansion in comparison to an ill-fitted dress with unflattering details. Less is always more.
Which is your favourite dress from your latest collection and why?
I really love the Divinity Dress from our current collection because the silhouette suits a lot of body shapes; the balance of lace and beading is perfect for those who like a whimsical, yet effortless aesthetic.
If you could design a wedding dress for any woman (celeb/icon/personal inspiration) from the past or present, who would it be and why? And what would it look like?
Audrey Hepburn. Her effortless look and petit frame would be amazing to work with – The gown would be simple, minimal detailing with a great fit and voluminous flowy skirt.
What are your trend predictions for bridal fashion in 2015 and beyond?
A lace illusion gown (see-through) designed with strong panel lines throughout the bodice. Trends may move towards designs with a graphic emphasis or a non-traditional floral look.
What is the number one piece of advice you would give the bride searching for her dream wedding dress?
Choosing a wedding gown is hard when ideally you only get to pick ‘the dress’ once in your lifetime, so I understand most brides have a fear of missing out on some details.
My advice would be to understand your body shape and pick the right silhouette rather than extravagant detailing and embellishments. Too many extravagant details will result in an over the top chaotic gown – less is always more.
Wulfila’s Message; The Latest George Wu Wedding Dress Collection
Aren’t the just stunning? The way they move is so dreamy, yet the designs are so contemporary too. And I love George Wu’s advice on investing in a great fit and quality fabrics, rather than over the top embellishments.
Visit George Wu’s website, for more information on his exquisite designs. His gowns are currently stocked in his bespoke Brisbane boutique (but we reckon it’s only a matter of time before they’re international!).