In the run up to the fabulous Fashions Finest off-schedule shows during London Fashion Week, we’re featuring amazing designers showcasing at the event. Recently Editor Natasha had the pleasure of chatting to Rosie Dennington, designer and founder of luxury bridal wear Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture.
Supported by the Prince’s Trust Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture already has drawn A-List attention. Her celebrity following includes Helena Bonham Carter and Billie Piper, has been shot by Mario Testino and featured on Vanity Fair. Rosie Dennington, is the 26 year old designer behind the brand. Rosie has a background in costume design and is passionate about self-love and body confidence. Her luxury bridal wear caters for all body types.
Rosie, tell us where your inspiration comes from?
So many places! At the root of my brand is how I see the world, and how I want to see it; full of adventure and beauty! I adore whimsical fairy tales, dark romances, and decrepit beauty. I love clothes that inspire audiences, that always makes me feel like I’ve achieved something.
How did you get into being a fashion designer?
I have always been designing and making! And I hate to be one of those people who say it’s what they have dreamt of their whole lives, but it is. It is such hard work though; it’s not surprising so many people give up! I studied fashion design and pattern cutting at college and then went on to get a First Class degree in Costume Design. It was actually an opportunity to dress Helena Bonham Carter for Vanity Fair that made me realise I had to pursue this as a business.
Tell us what drives you?
Appreciation of my work! I genuinely love to hear that people appreciate and enjoy what I create. As a bridal wear designer predominately, my brides are incredible. Buying your wedding outfit is such an emotional journey, that it’s great to be able to share in this with them. I also love being my own boss, and having creative control. I think the main thing that drives me though is that I truly believe this is what I should be doing, and I have a network of people around me that help out when the going gets tough.
How has your personal life influenced your career?
My heart and soul goes into my creations, the same way it does in every aspect of my life. I think having your own brand means you never fully turn off, and often work all sorts of hours; the two merge all the time. I feel passionately about spreading the word about body love, and this is one of my main influences.
What was your greatest success in the past few years?
I love to celebrate all my successes! That was something one of my lecturers taught me. Sometimes I feel so happy and grateful with all the things I have achieved. Some notable moments are dressing HBC, Billie Piper. Sharlene Specktor (Basement Jaxx), and having pieces requested by Madonna and Danielle Brooks. I have also refurbished a vintage caravan for a unique fitting room, created 3 collections that I adore, and been able to fundraise for MIND. On a personal level I finally passed my driving test (woohoo!) and have just moved in with my boyfriend and Gordon the dog.
Do you have a muse you wish you could see wearing your designs?
Helena Bonham Carter would be an absolute dream to dress again; she genuinely was such an inspiration and lovely lovely lady. I have also always wanted to dress Paloma Faith. Maybe I could make pieces for a mother and daughter photo shoot!
Do you have a story you are particularly fond of, from the early years of your career?
I am the clumsiest person, and I have had some nightmare stories along with some brilliant ones! The sort of stories you can look back and laugh at, or feel particularly proud of. However my fondest memory must have been going to Helena Bonham Carter’s house to fit her. It was surreal, a total dream come true. There was also a moment at Oxford Fashion Week (years ago!) where when my collection took to the catwalk and people clapped, and some even stood up. That made me feel incredible.
What are your plans for the future?
I always say the same to this- world domination! But realistically, I just want my brand and business to keep on growing and growing. I would love to be able to supply Liberty’s and Harrod’s with pieces, and maybe to see my pieces in Paris and New York on the runway! In the meantime I will keep pioneering for body love, raising the importance of looking after our mental health, and making sure my brides feel totally beautiful! There will also be a new collection on the horizon.
British Style Society would like to thank Rosie for sharing her love of fashion and design and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this fabulous label. If you’d like to find out more or get tickets to the Fashions Finest SS18 event, visit: fashionsfinest.com/events/fashion-week-shows