Being tasked with creating the finale gown for one of Australia’s most popular television shows has to be one of the most nerve-wracking gigs in TV, but if anyone is up for the job, it’s Hughes. The bridal designer gave Who What Wear Australia an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the pastel blue and beaded gown.
Keep scrolling for all the info from Hughes (and fingers crossed Georgia will wear something similar if she ever does walk down the aisle with her chosen bachelor, Lee).
The Inspiration: Cinderella
"Georgia and her stylist Anne Stringer (fondly known as Stringy) visited our Paddington boutique with a pretty open mind. We wanted to create a real show-stopping design that was different from anything else she had worn in the show. We gave Georgia a sneak preview of the new collection and she absolutely loved some of our more fitted designs. Stringy and I customised the style to show off her amazing figure, incorporating a fashion split to highlight her best features. Georgia’s gown quickly became inspired by the 'Modern Day Cinderella'."
The Final Dress:
"The Disney blue colour looked perfect on Georgia and which then inspired the delicate French lace used to sculpt her waist and hips. Her whole gown is created in the highest quality silk crepe which not only moved beautifully, but was breathable and light for a big day of filming. We wanted to ensure her gown looked incredible from every angle, so designed the back in a sheer silk to give the illusion of floating lace.
All the lace was flown over from Europe especially to be appliquéd and hand sewn by our lace expert. The lace continues from the bodice, onto the skirt and delicately beaded branches reach down along her sheer train to such a great effect!"
"We spent so much time walking up and down the boutique to get the split just right and finished the gown with crinoline in the hem. This technique allows the hem to silk out beautifully with a slight ripple throughout. With everything that went into creating her custom couture gown it would be valued at over $10,000."