The story of Vanessa’s white princess wedding dress

" example of living life in the 'now'..."

A white princess style wedding dress custom designed

Vanessa was a bride that wasn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries of traditions and doing things the way she liked. When Vanessa and I got talking and exchanged ideas I quickly discovered Vanessa was confident and headstrong and was able to make a clear decision and stick to it. A true leadership quality to have.


Vanessa wanted a very clean and no fuss looking wedding dress designed. She liked the idea of the bridal gown being in one fabric and one colour. We decided a super smooth silk dupion would be the best selection. The silk is soft enough for volumising the skirt and could be structured for the bodice.


Designing Vanessa’s wedding dress I kept the look clean, creating a high waisted fitted bodice which emphasised her waistline  and complimented her body shape beautifully. I chose to gather the bodice to one side creating softness around the bustline. Fine shoe string straps and a full princess skirt attached at the waist. We hand beaded a headband which was worn around her high bun. Vanessa chose to wear Blue sparkly shoes for her ‘something blue’ which created a personalised look.


One day during the fitting, Vanessa unexpectedly said to me “I want to trash the dress.”

My heart sank! What? I thought to myself ….she doesn’t like her dress. But I knew she was totally in love with it. As Vanessa kept talking, it actually meant to dive in the ocean and have the photographer in the water with you taking the shots.


I paused for a second and thought….why not this is the only time you can do it and make it memorable. Vanessa was thrilled with my support and I was happy she had the courage to do what she really wanted to do.


I believe in living your life in the now!

What did the bride think about her dress?

“After months of looking at gown after gown and meeting with people I was starting to believe that my “dream” dress never would become reality. I heard great things about Catherine which made me make my first appointment with her with the expectations that I would leave disappointed like the rest. 

Well was I wrong!!! 

From the moment we met she didn’t even need to know what I wanted she just knew!!! I never left without trust in Catherine and never was left uncertain in anything from start to finish!  Always making me feel like I was the only bride in the world! Even when I proposed the trash the dress which would be a designer’s worst nightmare, she showed such excitement and never questioned my decision once! 

Such a beautiful woman inside and out with a vision that is amazing and unique!!”


What is a princess style wedding dress?

A princess style wedding dress embodies the classic fairytale wedding gown with characteristics that can flatter different body shapes:


  • Fitted Bodice: The bodice typically hugs the curves of the torso, often accentuated by boning or seaming for a structured look. This creates a defined waistline.
  • Voluminous Skirt: The defining feature is the full and voluminous skirt that flares dramatically from the waistline. This skirt can be achieved in various ways, such as layers of tulle, netting, or organza.
  • Grand Silhouette: The combination of a fitted bodice and a full skirt creates a grand and impressive silhouette, perfect for a bride wanting to feel like royalty on her wedding day.

Body Shapes Flattered by a Princess Dress:

  • Hourglass Figure: The fitted bodice and full skirt highlight the natural curves of an hourglass figure, creating a beautifully balanced silhouette.
  • Pear Shape: The voluminous skirt helps balance out a fuller hip and bottom area, creating a more proportional look.
  • Rectangular Shape: The defined waistline and full skirt add shape and definition to a rectangular figure.
  • Petite: While traditionally associated with taller figures, a princess dress can work for petite brides with caution. Opt for a higher waistline and a less voluminous skirt to avoid being overwhelmed by the dress. Consider adding vertical elements like lace appliqués or illusion panels to create the illusion of height.


Things to Consider:

  • Comfort: A princess dress can be quite heavy and restrict movement due to the full skirt. Consider the practicality of the dress for the wedding ceremony and reception activities.
  • Venue: A princess dress might not be ideal for all venues. It might be impractical for outdoor weddings with uneven terrain or tight spaces.
  • Personal Style: While princess dresses are undeniably glamorous, they might not suit every bride’s style preference. If you crave a more simple or minimalist look, a princess dress might not be the best choice.


The best way to determine if a princess dress suits you is to try one on to see how it feels and moves on your body. A skilled bridal dress designer can advise you on specific styles and modifications that might flatter your figure and suit your overall wedding vision. As a wedding dress designer in Sydney I can help you choose the right shapes or styles of dress to suit the shape of your body.

A few common questions about buying a princess wedding dress

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A fitted piece of clothing like a wedding dress is designed so that it is the same size and shape as your body. It can emphasise all of your elegant features perfectly.

Well as the name suggests a beautifully crafted fitted wedding dress should follow the contours of your shoulders, back and buttocks without pulling or bubbling up. Every element of the design takes into consideration your body shape so that it fits your body perfectly and looks sensational if you are seated or walking.

At Catherine Colubriale we offer a choice for our clients whether they require a wedding dress, evening gown or something unique for a special event.

The types of dresses can include;

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Column
  • Mermaid
  • Tea Length
  • Ball Gown
  • Sheath
  • Fit and flare


depending on what selection you make there is then a choice of colours and materials we can work with to create something truly unique.

Knowing which wedding dress style will suit you best is one of the hardest things for any woman to figure out on their own. That is the benefit of visiting an experienced courtier like Catherine who can help you discover the right design choices. 

Catherine has over 30 years of experience custom making dresses for thousands of women of all types of body shapes and sizes. 

Catherine will make you feel comfortable so that you can explore ideas with her that will fit your body perfectly & leave you feeling amazing as soon as you put the dress on for the first time.

Silk dupion is a luxurious fabric prized for its unique texture and beautiful drape, making it a popular choice for wedding dresses, particularly those with a touch of classic elegance. 



What is Silk Dupion?

  • Weave: Dupion is a type of woven silk known for its uneven texture. This characteristic texture arises from the use of irregular thickness threads in the weaving process. These irregularities create tiny slubs or nubs on the fabric surface, giving it a beautiful visual depth and a slightly rustic charm.
  • Weight and Drape: Silk dupion can range in weight from lightweight and airy to heavier and more structured. The weight of the fabric will determine its drape. Lighter weight dupion flows more softly, while heavier dupion holds its shape well and creates a more dramatic silhouette.
  • Versatility: Silk dupion comes in a vast array of colours beyond the traditional white or ivory associated with wedding dresses. This allows for brides seeking a non-traditional color palette to explore unique and eye-catching options.


How is Silk Dupion Used in Wedding Dresses?

  • Structured Silhouettes: The heavier weights of dupion hold their shape beautifully, making them ideal for creating structured bodices, full skirts, and dramatic sleeves. This allows for gowns with clean lines and a timeless elegance.
  • Accents and Overlays: Lighter weight dupion can be used as overlays on other fabrics, adding a touch of texture and visual interest to a dress. It can also be used for detachable elements like sashes or boleros.
  • Classic and Romantic Styles: The inherent elegance and subtle texture of silk dupion make it a perfect choice for wedding dresses with a classic or romantic aesthetic. It creates a sophisticated and timeless look that feels both luxurious and effortlessly beautiful.

What to think about:

  • Cost: Silk dupion is a luxurious fabric, and its price point reflects that. It might be more expensive than other fabrics commonly used for wedding dresses.
  • Care: Silk dupion requires delicate care, including dry cleaning. This is something to consider if you’re looking for a low-maintenance wedding dress.
  • Wrinkles: Lighter weight dupion can wrinkle more easily than some other fabrics. If this is a concern, consider a heavier weight dupion or a combination with a less wrinkle-prone fabric.


Silk dupion offers a unique combination of luxury, texture, and drape that can elevate a wedding dress to a new level of sophistication. If you’re looking for a timeless and elegant gown with a touch of personality, silk dupion is definitely worth considering.

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Catherine Colubriale
Catherine Colubriale

Australian wedding dress designer

About Catherine

Catherine is a courtier with over 30 years experience designing bridal gowns, wedding dresses & bridal wear. Catherine has worked for global icons like Elizabeth Ardern & Mary Kay.

You can visit Catherine’s bridal shop in Paddington Sydney.

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