So we talked for a while about setting up and establishing businesses and how her business ethos is to work with, support, and nurture local businesses. Then she showed me some of her breathtaking gowns and told me of a forthcoming Claire Pettibone Trunk Show, and we talked about how I could become involved. Fast forward a few weeks and on a second visit, I was really excited to find that Chloe had also spoken to fabulous photographer Cat Hepple, and together they had arranged a shoot to take place the day after the Trunk Show. The shoot was scheduled to take place in the Millennium Galleries using two ballerinas as models.
My brief was threefold. First I was create flowers in blues, whites and platinums to fill The White Room with scent, then I was to design and create a range of bridal flowers to compliment the gowns and lastly I was to make up a couple of fresh designs for the actual photo-shoot itself. An absolutely fantastic opportunity, but ever so slightly daunting, as I'm sure you can imagine.
I went home and immediately started sketching out ideas. Some of which made it to the final designs - one of which I just couldn't make work, but that's another story. Here are a few of the designs I made initially, forgive my dreadful photographs, if you read to the end I promise to reward your patience with truly exquisite photography in Part 2!
Flowers for Chloe