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Interview Feature Launched: April 17, 2009 About: Interviews with some of the most interesting people in the wedding industry.
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Elizabeth Dye

April 21st, 2009 @ 6:26 pm by interview

Today we’re interviewing the ridiculously talented Portland, Oregon based wedding dress designer Elizabeth Dye.  Elizabeth is known for her feminine, period-inspired, modern designs.  She also creates some of the most gorgeous boleros around.  Here is a little glimpse into her world!

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How did you start your business?

I have been a clothing designer since 2000, but bridal design really chose me - my first dresses were for friends desperate to find a non-poofy alternative to the traditional cookie-cutter gown. Since then, I’ve designed hundreds of one of a kind dresses - more every year. It just keeps growing. And I still love doing it!

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How would you describe your work/style/aesthetic?

My dresses are made by hand, and they often feature antique trims and fabrics and take inspiration from vintage style. I love quiet details and one of a kind touches - they are really what set a handmade dress apart from something you can buy off the rack.

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What information can brides and grooms provide to best help you as a vendor?

I love a bride who is confident about her taste and appearance and wants a dress that expresses her personal style. I love brainstormers, brides who come to me with sheaves of magazine tear-outs, fabric swatches and web links. I love laying out all the inspiration and discovering a common thread that develops into a unique design. Communication is so important to my process -a great dress is always a creative collaboration between the bride and the designer.

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What are some common mistakes you see brides and grooms make?

Mistakes a bride makes: trying to please everyone else instead of herself or expecting perfection to the point that the process is not a pleasure. Having something made for you is such a luxurious experience, and wedding anxiety should never cloud it.

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How has your blog affected your business?

I love my blog! So many of my dresses go to their clients as soon as they’re done, so I really need a place to document custom projects as they happen. A blog is the perfect format -it’s a visual diary of my process that gives my future brides a sense of how I work and what I can do. It also allows me to reach out to and work with brides across the country.

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Who would be your dream team of wedding vendors?

Dream team: photographer Lisa Warninger, accessories designer Twigs & Honey, stylist Chelsea Fuss, floral designer Ink & Peat. It’s such a pleasure to work with all of them - lovely people as well as talented professionals.

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What is your typical day like?

The light in my studio is best in the morning, so I am an early riser! I sew almost every morning. If it’s a day when I’m in my shop, I’m there by 11 meeting with clients and attending to business-y details. If not, I design and construct dresses most of the day, taking breaks to run to the fabric store, correspond with clients, photograph new pieces, and hopefully eat lunch. :) My busy season is, well, busy, so it’s not unusual to work 10-12 hours a day in the spring and summer. But I try to keep evenings free, and Mondays off.

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What are the most difficult parts of your job?

The most difficult thing is…this can be a demanding job with a certain amount of drama. Weddings put extraordinary demands on people, and sometimes emotions run high. I try to keep everything as relaxed, organized and fun as possible, both for my clients’ sanity and for mine.

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What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Hobbies, interests: gardening, cooking, hiking and camping in Oregon’s beautiful landscape…

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What are 5 random things about you?

1) I attended law school for one year.

2) I’m left handed.

3) I am a big nerd for BBC dramatizations of Charles Dickens’ novels.

4) I love anything apricot flavored.

5) I’ll wear anything yellow.

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Credits:

Wedding dresses, boleros, and coats: Elizabeth Dye
Photographer: Lisa Warninger
Stylist: Chelsea Fuss
Accessories: Twigs & Honey 
Venue: Ace Hotel
Model: Anna Adams 

Thanks so much for sharing your world with us Elizabeth!  If you have any questions for the lovely Elizabeth, please feel free to comment below. :)

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10 Responses to “Elizabeth Dye”

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eugy (message)  157 posts, Blushing bee

From a fellow southpaw- your work is lovely! Thanks for sharing with us!

 
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Mo

I absolutely adore Elizabeth’s work.
Thank you for featuring this interview!

 
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hana

I love your work, Elizabeth! If I didn’t live on the east coast, I would definitely have had you make my dress! Love your blog too — keep up the good work!

 
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Miss D'orsay

wow…I’m just stunned at the beauty of it all. I keep scrolling up and down. oh, and I love BBC adaptations…of many things :)

 
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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

The floral accents on the dresses — and in the model’s hair — are amazing!

 
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nina

Wonderful dresses…so feminine and pretty.

 
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Miss Quiche

I am STUNNED by the ethereal beauty of your gowns. I wish my wedding wasn’t in a week - I’d have you make mine!

It’s nice getting to “know” you! :)

 
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Miss Mascara

Your dresses are beautiful! Also, I am intrigued by the pages lining the wall in the background of the photos…do they have a particular meaning?

 
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Miss Duckling

These dresses are so beautiful! The details are lovely.

 
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Melissa Skidmore Photography

I really like your work the gowns are beautiful, love your blog thanks for sharing it, keep it up!

 

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