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Vintage Smart

Taunton, Somerset.

Vintage Smart

Lasting beauty and value

Smart Couture Bridal Wear : Uniquely beautiful

A stunning range of Vintage-inspired gowns individually designed and made by Meryl Smart

I have a particular passion for 'Vintage' detail. Each dress is a unique, combination of creative ideas and materials.


Oyster satin and corded lace Vintage 1920's style dress. Drop-waisted with corded lace applique panels around the skirt and appliqued silk, lace and feather trim. Ankle length at the front with a slight train. Pearl and crystal beading on bodice front. Halter neck with pearl button fastening at the neck. Side zip fastening to bodice. Pictured with matching head-dress and champagne silk tulle veil.


Bias-cut,mink satin gives a pearl-like finish to this 1930's inspired figure skimming gown. Hand appliqued lace and hand-painted roses make this design completely unique. Fabric covered button and loop fastening down the back provides the finishing touch.


These unique dresses are designed to provide inspiration.

This dress is a, simple, Princess-line dress, made here in pure silk dupion with an overlay of patchworked vintage and vintage-inspired laces. This is a real labour of love and is absolutely stunning!. The darker deep-nude/pale coffee -coloured silk means that the detail of the beautiful laces and the exquisite workmanship of this gown are clearly visible. Pearl button and loop fastening finishes off the back of this elegant style.

Detachable one-sided strap, made using silk chiffon,georgette and laces that match those of the gown.


Or it could be worn with a simple feather stole. >>>>

Elegant and practical, I call this next design my 'Beach- dress'. Whilst it uses stunning heavily corded Vintage Lace for the collar and embellishment, it is made from a fabric which is easily laundered. A very flattering style. It has vintage diamante straps, button and loop fastening and a detachable silk chiffon 'train' starting at the neckline - An ideal substitute for a traditional veil.

There are several components to this amazing Edwardian inspired gown. (below)

The dress is a simple pleated silk-chiffon, empire-line bodice, with a silk- satin skirt and slight train. Worn over this and fastening just under the bust, is a detachable patchwork lace 'coat' with train. The dress is embellished with hand-worked chiffon and vintage-lace flowers .

'Hope' is a tea-length dress using lovely corded champagne-coloured lace over a matching pure silk dupion base with silk-chiffon overlay. Matching corded lace motifs are appliqued by hand all around the base of the chiffon layer. Worn here with a full petticoat.

The exquisite hand-worked bodice of this dress means that the lace is carefully manipulated, using overlapping /applique technique rather than 'seams'. The full beauty of the lace is highlighted and preserved. Side zip fastening.

I am working on new designs so please check back regularly for updates