New short simple dress with a glamorous edge for a cool bride..x

Launching Jean!

Inspired by the simplicity of silhouettes of the early 1960’s, we have translated a ‘paper doll dress’ idea into a perfectly tailored bias cut couture piece of modern glamour. Perfect for a cool bride or a red carpet piece when made in a vivid colour.  We would love to see this piece in bright fuchsia! Working on the most perfect straight body silhouette, we cut the 4 panels of the dress on the bias to get a wonderful form without too many seams which would  interfere with the simplicity.

The sleeve is also cut on the bias , to achieve a very wonderfully slim silhouette without being restrictive and to gain an element of ‘give’ when cutting across the cloth.

Jean has a perfect scooped round neck and a long invisible centre back zip to enable step in ease. Jean is fully lined in silk stretch.

The hem circumference is adorned in rows of hand cut silk petals which are cut out of the same cloth.

Every cm of this dress is made in London with an enormous amount of love and passion..x

simple nude pointed shoes by Emmy London

Decorative Jean model shot SOCIAL

Leonie and Louis – Bustle Back Lace Shift Dress Wedding



Congratulations to Leonie and Louis, who celebrated their marriage with a beautiful natural wedding in Cornwall. Leonie is wearing the Bustle Back Lace Shift dress by Suzannah, available here. We are thrilled to share these gorgeous images, photographed by Andy Herrara. More images from this special day can be found here…xx

Leonie Side Shot

Leonie ethereal bustle back

Leonie boots on Bustle Back

Leonie back butsle wedding dress

Leonie and hub bustle back

Suzannah launches Bride…

We are delighted (well…we couldn’t wait !) to launch our new collection, Bride..

The dresses are available in our boutique at present and will be available on-line with the launch of our new Bridal website at the end of May…Suzannah x


Designer label Suzannah launches Bride

Vintage couture meets Alice through the Looking Glass…….

Bride by Suzannah is a romantic new collection of charming vintage-inspired wedding dresses with a whimsical twist for wedding belles everywhere.  Fairytale dresses with a sprinkling of magic for beautiful breathtaking brides.  The Suzannah label is already well known in the industry for fashion to fall in love with.  Designer Suzannah Crabb’s amazing quirky couture party and cocktail dresses (that she designs from her boutique in Little Venice, London) have already been worn by Jasmine Guinness, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Hollywood actress Julie Christie.

Designer Suzannah says ‘I created my new bridal collection inspired by the current shift in trend that we are seeing.  Brides are moving away from wanting a traditional wedding dress and are choosing instead to invest in more of a unique ‘special’ dress to take them from the ceremony to the last dance. A dress they can also wear again to a party or special event. They dream of a luxurious statement dress which is charming and playful and makes them feel like them!  A dress to treasure for years to come and a fantasy to make hearts melt’.

Bride by Suzannah has been designed to bring out the inner black and white screen siren combined with the whimsical humour and magic of Alice.  The collection includes a range of stunning signature dresses that take their inspiration from the flirty flappers of the 1920’s through to the swirling romance of the 70’s.  Each dress has its own heritage with every element of the gown carefully produced and designed to be its ultimate. The pieces are made from luxurious couture fabrics which have a “ready couture sentiment”.  Bride by Suzannah dresses are designed to be bought off the peg, or if fittings are needed the process is designed efficiently so that the dress is ready to be collected within two months.  Deliciously warm inspired neutrals of rose quartz tinted ivory, clotted cream and warm white fill the colour palette on premium silks and lace from Italy and France. The print has been designed exclusively for the label and is produced on the finest Italian chiffon from Lake Como.

Editors Notes: Prices are from £650-£2500

Bride by Suzannah also includes vintage pieces from the 1920’s through to the 1970’s to accessorise with the dresses specifically sourced by Suzannah to be worn with the collection. Millinery and hair accessories have also been designed to be worn with the collection

To borrow samples for shoots or for hi-res images please contact Claire Norrish PR 07866 800900 or  or visit

Our Beautiful 1940’s Bride…x

Rebecca came back to us through our friend Kate who owns KJ’s Laundry , a fabulous New York style boutique in Marylebone Lane London.

She originally bought a vintage print tea dress from us a few years ago and it had so much become her favourite dress that she tried to seek out a version for

her wedding! A less formal wedding with lots of personalisation , a few things home made,..and packed full of integrity.

Happy to oblige as we were obviously  flattered …and as the new launch of our cocktail bridal range is very much on our radar we set on the exciting project, to create our first Bridal Tea Dress.

What could give us, ( especially me) more pleasure:-)

We found THE most gorgeous piece of hammered silk satin imaginable. Not quite Ballet shoe, not quite Cosmetic Pink,….Just the perfect perfect blushy, beigey pink which would

not only suit the dress and its vintage origin but also the rosey cheeked English skin tone of Rebecca.

Thankfully she loved as much as we, and with only 3 metres of it available,…never to be found again it was just meant to be.

We added some fine French levers lace ( with the colour name of Ginger Snap ..we couldn’t resist)  to the inside neck tie and faced the whole tulip sleeve and neckline tie in buttercream silk satin to give it a tonal and textural contrast.

We kept the dress un-lined to ensure that it wasn’t too heavy and didnt’ lose its sexiness and closeness to the bust and lower back . A perfect demure dress with a cheekily sexy fit!


Here it is in the making,…..and scroll down for the most fabulous bride …x

Complete with Bellapocella head piece and 40’s style peep toes from Anthropologie.

Vintage Bride

An absolute pleasure to work on…a touch of something old.  When asked to design someone a wedding dress, although I have done so before it is always a mixture of flattery, excitement, challenge and nervousness.  You know this has to be the most beautifully thought-out, flattering, delicate, highly finished, considered and treasured piece that you must be as proud of as the bride herself!I always have in mind that this dress could be passed on to the bride’s daughter and has to be truly special.

Koh Samui Bespoke Vintage Wedding Dress (Front)

Lesley (the bride) loved vintage, or a touch of something old. I love vintage too, but it always comes with its challenges, especially around fit.  She had fallen in love with several other gowns, both vintage and off-the-peg in her mammoth try on session around London and Paris, but wanted something unique to herself at the same time, and also wanted something light and cool, as she was getting married in Koh Samui.

So, with all of those considerations I thought it best to add a vintage piece, and work in all of the ideas she had in mind.

Whilst shopping in the Porte de Clignancourt market in Paris, I came across a beautiful collar piece which had been taken off a 1920s wedding dress.

I fell in love with it: the perfect condition, the wonderful antiquated cream colour backing and the dull but very beautiful crystal beads, which made the most charming neck piece.  It needed a slight alteration to remove the collar attachments… but I felt it could work on Lesley’s dress and be the start of something special.

I then sketched a piece around it, after I realised it fitted perfectly on the shoulder, and would be the holding feature point for a Grecian drape, to a soft bustle at the back.

Working with Kath, the head of pattern cutting at Luella, the sketch and mannequin mock up was carefully cut and manipulated to Lesley’s exact measurements.  We then added more drama to the draping thus balancing the volume of fabric to work at every angle.  Additionally, although there was plenty of fullness, drape and drama, it was a flattering whisper at the same time.  The toile looked amazing, even in plain cotton voile.

1920s Collar Piece

After the third fit, we decided to leave the garment unlined. We knew Tanya would make the finest job of making the dress, we have all worked together before and over the years her tiny hands have just become more and more genius! I think we would have all struggled in a perfectionist competition! I then re-sourced the fabric for the underneath and the outer-layer.

I had previously sourced a slightly lighter weight for the underneath dress part, but as it was being un-lined, I felt a heavier more fluid fabric was essential to be flattering over the hips. Opting for a dull oyster cream, heavy French silk crepe which matched the backing of the vintage piece, I laid a very fine French crepe chiffon in a light mummy and slightly lighter, prettier ivory over the top. Lesley, being the trusting bride, felt comfortable to leave all the sourcing and choice to me, which was great. Also, I knew the shade would work better for her skin tone and the spirit of the dress, than a more pure white.

Bespoke Wedding Dress - Back View

Finally, it was made, (well ingeniously and perfectly made) binding all of the seams inside with the light French chiffon of the outer shell.

We all decided to further tailor in the silhouette of the under piece at this stage to make it more flattering. And we dropped the neckline! Why not? The piece had become so sophisticated and elegant, that the lowered neckline looked even more charming, and perhaps most importantly, Lesley felt amazing!

Thank you to all, an absolute joy!

Everyone played their part…to perfection.

Bespoke Designer Bridal by Suzannah