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Designer profile: Baccini and Hill

Wedding dresses by the acclaimed Baccini & Hill are an iconic part of Melbourne's bridal scene; right down to the little blue bow hand-stitched in every bridal gown for that little something blue.

“Our trademark style represents a unique combination of intricate details, textured fabrics, elaborate embroidery and divine knits with clean design lines, fine silks and timeless elegance,” says head designer Angelina.

Angelina lives and breathes bridal couture. She is always thinking, sketching and dreaming up new wedding dresses, seeking inspiration from books and fashion magazines, galleries and exhibitions and, of course, from brides themselves.

Her folio of wedding dress designs is ever-increasing with hundreds, if not thousands, of sketches filed away for use at the right moment.

The couturier offers two levels of wedding dresses: made-to-measure designs and one-of-a-kind special couture. The made-to-measure service is based around an existing wedding dress collection, selected from samples in-store, which are made specifically to the bride’s measurements. One-of-a-kind couture designs are created from scratch in a private consultation with Angelina. She will develop a selection of designs, exclusive to the bride, based on their wedding fashion ideas and, of course, Angelina’s suggestions.

It is a special moment to see the bride’s eyes light up when she sees her unique design taking shape on paper, and is the beginning of a very exciting journey in itself.

History

Angelina Baccini’s passion for dressmaking started at the early age of 14. For seven years she attended patternmaking school for four hours every Saturday, where she was taught traditional dressmaking, just as her mother had as a child in Italy.

With the delicate detail paramount in the finished product, Angelina’s interest in high-quality bridal couture piqued during her university years. In 1993, together with her sister and mother, she opened a small wedding fashion boutique in Armadale, which is known today as Baccini & Hill.

The company have outgrown their humble beginnings in Armadale, and now reside on Collins Street, right next to Tiffany & Co, in a spectacular new bridal and evening wear emporium.

The 1920s-inspired architecture of the store takes up the entire gallery level at the premises, with eight custom-built fitting and viewing areas to ensure their full and undivided attention – just what every bride deserves.

Why not browse through Bride’s stunning gallery of wedding dresses or check out our Pinterest page for some more wedding dress inspiration!

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