Vintage Heaven does exist – you’ll find it behind a hand-painted screen that hides rails of delicate dresses in Kate Halfpenny’s London studio. The moment you step inside, you can’t help but fall for the idea of becoming a Halfpenny bride – and fall I most certainly did - for a beautiful 50s number that she is currently recreating for me.
But back to her studio… the huge space, hidden down a cobbled mews in Camden, is a feast for the eyes: vintage gowns, fur stoles and lace caplets are hung haphazard among strings of antique necklaces, or draped over old-fashioned tailor’s mannequins; silk ribbons and trims spill out from the drawers of wooden cabinets, while old-fashioned glass bell jars display her new jewellery collection.
Don’t expect the usual bridal experience – Kate’s no-nonsense approach is refreshing and she has an expert eye in picking out the right vintage dress from her collection, or will make a vintage-style dress to order. I went a bit snap-happy at my last appointment there (no pics of the dress I’m afraid though!):