Thursday, 6 May 2010

Vintage Nirvana… Kate Halfpenny’s studio

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!):


  1. Jo!!
    i was searching wgsn at twitter and found your blog! it's amazing!!!

    carol - from wgsn brazil.

  2. Thanks Carol! Have you seen the posts on Rio?

  3. Kate has wonderful collection for Vintage Bride..she has variety in her studio..what i like most is vintage gowns and antiue necklace..she gives completely different look to bride..