MUSICEYES & EDGE

A NOVEL ROMANCE

MUSICEYES & EDGE
A NOVEL ROMANCE

Seems like just yesterday it was wedding season - with save the dates flooding your mailbox and photos flooding your newsfeed. Now it seems wedding season is just around the corner again, with all the newest bridal gowns, veils and colors popping up like spring flowers. We have to admit that one bridal fashion show we are really excited about is this year’s “A Novel Romance” by Portland’s very own, The English Dept. And it’s produced by one of our favorite ladies, Jillian Rabe. The show will feature new dress collections by Nicole Miller, Jenny Yoo, Ivy & Aster, and others, as well as unique accessories by the best independent bridal designers. Designer/owner Elizabeth Dye will be unveiling her new collection, as well as some exciting one-of-a kind dresses created for the event. With Dye being one of the most well-respected gown makers in this fine city, we wanted the dish on her process and inspiration.E+E: What was the inspiration behind this year's new line?Elizabeth Dye: We find that bridal is moving toward more glitter and glamour—we want the show to represent that elegance while still maintaining a bit of whimsy and playfulness.E+E: When making a dress, how long does the process usually take from start to finish?ED: Each dress is a bit different. Some take a day, some take months from conception to completion. Sometimes my best designs come together effortlessly, sometimes I labor over a dress for weeks—sewing on hundreds of little petals by hand, dyeing and re-dyeing lace to get just the right color.E+E: What do you love most about making bridal gowns?ED: I love that drama almost never looks out of place on a bridal gown—you can do things with volume and draping and detail that would be too fussy on everyday clothing. That being said, our taste at The English Dept. is still classic. We love dresses that strike a balance between timeless beauty and a bit of daring. E+E: Any crazy/emotional/tragic/happy stories that have occurred throughout your time making dresses?ED: I try to keep disasters to an absolute minimum, but I did once have a bride getting married in Italy drive three hours to the customs office in Milan to get her dress released from customs on the day of her wedding—there was crazy driving and bribery involved, but she got her dress! And it magically fit her perfectly.E+E: Describe this year's "A Novel Romance" in three words.ED: Timeless, romantic...and sparkly!So bring your friends and make it a day! If you are getting married in the near future, even better! You may just see one of the E+E founders strutting down the runway!Sunday, February 17The Cleaners @ Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th AvenueTickets $10Doors 11:30AM; Showtime: NoonGet tickets HERE Photo credit: Elizabeth Kaye