Spring is the perfect time for brides to search for their wedding dresses. Bridal market has just finished, giving us a taste of new fashions and exciting new designers, and today, we’re introducing you to Tomomi Okubo.
This Japanese-born designer started her career in fashion in Tokyo, before moving to New York City to further educate herself and work as a pattern maker. After her own wedding, wearing a dress that she designed and made herself, Tomomi knew that bridal fashion was the right fit for her: “Being a bridal designer allows me to explore my love of soft fabrics, vintage styles, and the feminine form.”
What was your inspiration for this collection?
Many of my dresses take their inspiration from popular fashions of the 1920s and 30s, but I am not attempting to recreate these styles directly. I have always loved vintage clothing, but I’m also inspired by the cycles of the environment: not just flowers and leaves, but the falling of the rains, or the blowing of the winds.
Tell us about your style, how it has evolved, and what we can look forward to in 2015.
My dresses have always strived to combine the timelessness of classical design with the elegance of the natural world. But now I’m attempting to incorporate more of what I see as romanticism. You can expect to see a greater emphasis on the human form, on the lushness of nature.
What makes a Tomomi Okubo wedding dress unique?
My dresses have a distinctive sway to them; they flow across the body in a way that connects the wearer to the elements. I grew up on my parents’ farm, so to me, the world has always been a place of constant, ceaseless change. Perhaps this is why I have always felt awed by the outdoors. By combining loose vintage styles with lighter silks and laces, these dresses can drift and flow with an essential vitality.