Floral appliqué, decadent detailing and breathtaking tulle, Niamh Lynch’s newest collection is an ethereal experience.
When it comes to bridalwear, there’s nothing we love more than supporting exquisite Irish couture brands and Bespoke Bridal is no exception. After a fabulous career in the fashion industry, Irish bridal designer Niamh Lynch, organically followed the calling to her to express her innate creativity. With sumptuous detailing, outside-the-box designs and wildly luxurious fabrics, we think you’ll be head over heels for her 2023 collection. Ready to check it out? Let’s go!
What is the name of your 2023 Bridal Collection?
Forget-me-not – A floral folly.
What was your inspiration for the Collection?
I wanted to do something very feminine and whimsical but still structural for a confident woman. This led to a contrast between corsetry elements that meet soft blossoming fabrics.
Do you have an era or moment in time that you like your designs to have a nod to, for example the baroque period?
My designs have some references to the Victorian Era with many having full sculptural skirts, the use of draping and the idea of bustles and peplums. I like to mix influences so that the designs are fresh and unexpected.
Who is your biggest style icon?
It would possibly be Grace Kelly. I love the old Hollywood era and how women were so elegant and sultry. A tricky balance. Their style transcends time.
If your dresses could speak, what would they say, and why?
They would say ‘I am something a little different, dramatic and unexpected. Pick me!’
What inspired you to start your own business and create Bespoke Bridal?
Bridal was always my primary area of interest. However, I got a job with a designer working in high fashion for many years before I made the move to start my own business. I got engaged in 2016 and began looking for a gown in stores as I was too busy in my role at the time to make my own. I soon became disheartened when I liked parts of many dresses but none were ‘just right’. I really wished that I was able to pick the top of one, bottom of another and choose my own fabric. It all felt very restrictive. So the seed was sown and the journey began to create Bespoke Bridal.
What are some challenges or obstacles you have had to face and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge was finding a location as a start up and then to be recognised among all the other bridal boutiques. I was so lucky when a unit became available in Marlay Park Courtyard and felt it was the perfect place for a bride to begin her journey also. I am still working on becoming a household name; it will take years! I try to post interesting behind the scenes of the design process on my social media and take part in wedding events in the RDS as well as collaborating with the likes of One Fab Day.
What makes Bespoke Bridal different from other fashion brands?
The bride is central to the design process. She gets to dictate the shape, details and fabrics. I like to act as a guide and support them to create their perfect gown. We take the time to get to know our brides a little first and then design around their personality and aspirations for their big day.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Creatively, I would say Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Their brands exhibit endless masterpieces that fuel my imagination. Personally, my family is full of characters that show a lot of tenacity and drive. I have a lot of these attributes too. They have helped me so much in my journey without asking for anything in return. Everything I do is for my family and to provide a future for my little boy.
What are your plans for the future for Bespoke Bridal?
This year we are expanding to a new premises. We will still be based in Marlay Park but are moving to another beautiful unit. We are also expanding into retail and offering a selection of our gowns for purchase in stores. Lots of change and exciting times ahead.
For more info about Niamh’s fabulous designs or to co-create your dream dress, visit bespokebridal.ie.