Meet Maria, one of the most down to earth Creatives you’ll ever meet. Not only was she friendly and helpful at a recent wedding event, but we were invited to join her back at her home studio.
Boy, were we blown away! We arrived to photograph our friend in Yowie Bay, where we were greeted with freshly brewed coffee and scones. I was too excited to eat though, like a kid in a candy shop. Dresses, dresses and more dresses…
In front of me, a couture dressmaker, I could’ve thrown my arms up in the air and screamed in excitement. Not only was I about to view her whole collection, word on the street is Vellos has a new collection in the making.
Looking around her beautiful, architecturally designed home, with an aura of style, she shows me her famous chair, the ‘Wine-drinking chair’. Would you believe this chair actually has its own Facebook check in! I can’t help myself, I have to grab a selfie on the chair.
I make my way to her showroom. All her samples hung beautifully under a gorgeous chandelier. I’m tempted to play dress up, but I start to wonder why I’ve eaten so many cakes in my time, Hmmm… Better not try, they probably won’t do up!
I begin my interview by asking Maria if she caters for all style and shapes? Yes, Vellos is a Couture designer, fully made to measure. From fabrics to design, Maria will try her best to cater to your ideas and needs.
A fabulous Vells Bridal gown
underatreehouse: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Maria: Most of my inspiration comes from the fabric itself. I work a lot with the drape of the fabrics.
u: What is your favourite fabric and colour?
M: Lace! I’m a vintage girl, so I love delicate lace. I’m not really into the ‘candy’ colours, my favourite colours would have to be dirty and dusky colours.
u: I heard you also cater for bridesmaids?
M: Yes I do get the bridesmaids too. I usually will get the whole wedding party, I get to meet them all and design for them all.
u: I believe I read somewhere that you can dress the bride on the day too, is this true?
M: Yes, I can come along and dress the bride on the day. Especially seeing as most of my dresses are very detailed and button up, there are so many little buttons, that I found I can take away the stress for everyone to dress the bride as I am used to the buttons. I have made the dress so I can assist the bride in placing it on her perfectly.
u: From your collection which is your all-time favourite dress?
M: Definitely my sister’s wedding dress, which I made. I had a lot of influence designing the dress, I got to bully her around a bit [laughs] and got to show her something that she wasn’t expecting. Did she love it? Yeah she loved it, she was blown away!
As Maria showed us her studio where she’s drawn, stitched and sewn hundreds of dresses, I got a sneak peek of her new collection and although I’m not going to give too much away, Maria explains we can expect lots of lace and fluid, organic lines to come.
To see more of Maria’s work, visit her website here.