You’re having your upstate barn wedding and you’re looking for a dress that’s as stunning as your location. You’re thinking you’ve got to spend a long time searching in the big city for something sublime. Or could it be your perfect bridal dress is waiting to be made just for you in the scenic hills of the Hudson Valley?
Tucked away in the small town of Accord you will find Style des Reves Custom Dressmaking, owned by the very talented Barbara Kerner who we like to call “Her Awesomeness”. Before moving upstate, Barbara worked many years in the fashion industry and taught design skills at the college level. With her studio in Accord, Barbara hopes to bring high-fashion to Hudson Valley brides at affordable rates.
Over the past year we’ve had the good fortune to photograph some of her creations:
In addition to making custom dresses based on one of her original designs, Barbara can restore and update vintage bridal gowns too. Her clients come from all over the country, and her masterpieces often star in weddings beyond the Hudson Valley. In addition, she occasionally takes on special clients like the monks of Holy Cross Monastery who chose her to make their robes.
We spent an afternoon with Barbara to learn what goes into making a custom wedding dress. She explained the process and showed us some works in progress, like the “Lulu” which you can see below.
We always enjoy chatting with Barbara about fashion history, learning about why this ruffle works with that fabric, and how it all fits in with other artistic elements of a given event. She’s a good listener too and her enthusiasm for her craft is infectious; you’ll want to have a wedding everyday.
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