Would like to meet…Pamela Fraser

Amber by Pamela Fraser Designs
Amber gown, £1,550, Pamela Fraser Designs (Photo: Photography by Emilie)

No one could argue that having a bespoke gown made is a thrilling prospect, but it’s also an intimidating one. It’s a real leap of faith. How can you be sure you’re ready?

“I’m having an informal open day on 23rd November,” reveals designer Pamela Fraser. “It’s a chance to pop along, have a look around my studio, try on some dresses and have a chat about the process of having a dress made or a vintage piece restyled. There’s even the possibility of creating your own gown, under my supervision, at one of my sewing classes, which you can find out more about in store.”

Sounds a lot less scary than stepping into the unknown!

Of course, you could also end up falling for one of Pamela’s exquisite existing gowns on display at her Angus studio, which wouldn’t be a bad thing, given she’s offering 10% discount on the range on the day. Which style would the designer pick herself?

“Amber (above, £1,550) is one of my favourite dresses from the new collection,” she considers. “I like the contrast between the delicate lace on the bodice and sleeves with the full duchess skirt and the subtle pearl detail around the waist. I especially like the pockets in the skirt – who doesn’t want to have pockets? Amber blends a classic shape with the modern appeal of a low V neckline and fine lace bodice.”