Those familiar with Mary Katrantzou's designs may find it hard to imagine a wedding gown created by her. As the reigning queen of digital prints, everything she designs is layered with colourful, clashing patterns - so you'd think designing a plain ivory dress would be a challenge for the Greek-born designer.
Apparently not. Instead the designer excelled when asked by Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, founder of the Walkabout Foundation, to create her dream dress for her Dominican Republic wedding.
Thankfully, Katrantzou shared the fruits of her labour via Instagram so we can all get a glimpse of the couture creation.
Speaking to W Magazine, the London-based designer explained that despite the gown's fluid movement, the voluminous skirt was actually made of 120 meters of chiffon muslin and crinoline support. The silhouette was in part inspired by Katrantzou's 'cake a flake' and 'ivory' dresses from her autumn/winter 2012 collection and also the more sporty necklines from the spring/summer 2013 collection.
"We didn't want to do a classic strapless dress; we wanted it to be modern and original," says Katrantzou. "One thing she really wanted was lots of fabric and movement, so the focus was on the skirt and designing it in a way that it appears effortless."
But Katrantzou admits she became "so emotionally involved" with the project, she's not sure she'll be starting up her own collection of bridal wear anytime soon. "It's a very intimate experience and a time-consuming one, too, so it has to feel right."
The London-based designer and Gonzalez-Bunster didn't know each other before the commission, but Katrantzou says that the creation process, which involved numerous meetings and eight fittings, brought them very close.
"She was so open and positive and even though I had never done a wedding dress before, she really trusted me to create the perfect dress for her," she says. "I flew to the Dominican Republic for the wedding and when it all came together I felt so humbled to be part of such a special day in her life. It felt like I'd known her for years."