With only a few days before the pseudo royal wedding of Mike Tindall, the England Rugby star and Zara Phillips, speculation about her wedding dress is starting to grow. Stewart Parvin was chosen to design the gown. He trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and will design Zara’s dress when she weds in Edinburgh at Canongate Kirk on Saturday.
Zara is thirteenth in line to the throne and is the granddaughter of the Queen. She says she wants the wedding to be just a regular family affair, and that she doesn’t understand why people are so interested.
With a list of guests that includes the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and stars from sport like Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio, former captains for the England team, the wedding is sure to be more than just an ordinary family get together.
Parvin has his own London bridal salon and the reputation for allowing the personality of the bride to be to be seen in her dress rather than putting that signature look of the major houses of couture.
Lately Zara has given the latest member of the royal family the Duchess of Cambridge a run for her money in the stakes of royal fashion. She also has a bit of a rebellious side and fun loving nature that has seen her wear eclectic outfits and pierce her tongue.
A colleague of Parvin’s says he speaks of the Queen as if she is a granny to him and she said his wedding gowns are favoured by certain brides; women who are professional and are not princess, taking the route of less is more in fashion.
His dresses are unusual and quite temporary but not flashy. They can be mesmerising and have an element of surprise. Commentator on fashion John Davidson says that compared to Zara’s choices of fashion previously the dress will be relatively simple and quite refined.
Parvin is everything in wedding dresses that are traditional but adds a touch of contemporary. He will create something that reflects Zara’s personality and without trying to reflect his own vision of fashion. He is also one of the favourite couturiers of the Queen as she wore his dress for the visit of US President Barack Obama earlier this year in London. Insiders say Zara has asked for chic and modern and did not want something like Kate’s