We’re welcoming Alyona, our amazing new seamstress, to the Elite Bridal team!
Alyona has worked professionally as a seamstress for nearly a decade, but knew she wanted to work in fashion from very early on in life.
“From a very young age, I was making garments,” Alyona says. “Just little things – I made them for the joy of making them, whenever I felt inspired. Then sometimes I sold them!”
Alyona went on to study fashion design, and began her career with an overseas internship in Sweden. She then followed her passion to London, where she worked as a couture seamstress for fashion house Ralph & Russo. She spent her days building designer haute couture gowns – including bridalwear.
Even though Alyona has spent her career stitching and sewing, she rarely sets down the needle once she gets home.
“In my free time, I still design formalwear that isn’t bridal. Whenever anything inspires me I find myself designing and making new garments, and whether I’m in the design studio, freelancing or just making something for myself, it never really feels like work. This is how I express myself. I love it so much I never really stop.
“The highlight of my career so far has probably been designing and making my own wedding dress,” Alyona continues. “I was inspired by another gown I’d seen, but knew I wanted something different, and I was able to make it for myself.”
When Alyona moved to Yorkshire, she knew she wanted to work specifically in bridalwear, and loved Elite Bridal’s designs.
“I’m excited about working with such beautiful dresses,” she says, “and being able to do what I love here.”
If you see Alyona in any of our boutiques, don’t hesitate to say hello. She may well be working on your gown – and it’s in very good hands!
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @EliteBridalUK to see more of our new seamstress’s work.