Vikki Lafford-Garside

Like many young girls, I dreamt of being a princess in a fairy tale, with sparkling crystal slippers and beautiful, flowing gowns of the most sumptuous fabrics, adorned with exquisite embroidery and embellishment. I imagined a world of fairies and woodland creatures inhabiting the gloomy depths of the Cotswold Countryside in which I spent much of my childhood.

My passion for fairy tales and love of detail and embellishment developed into inspiration for my work, which led me to achieve a degree in Embroidery, followed by a Masters Degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. There I created my first collection of dresses based on old versions of popular fairy tales. Now working as a designer-maker I am still inspired by the fairy tales, folklore and nature I appreciated as a child.

I mix traditional hand stitch and hand painting with innovative techniques of stitch, print and heat manipulation to create feminine, hand crafted dresses and accessories. I supply galleries around the UK and regularly exhibit at craft fairs and wedding fairs.

I can work to commission and take appointments at my home studio.

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