What Inspires Melissa SweetDecember 11th, 2012
What Inspires Melissa…
by Melissa Sweet
I am inspired by beauty.
Yes, this seems obvious, especially when we are speaking about something so beautiful as a wedding day. But, really and truly, my work as a designer can be summed up with one philosophy….follow the beauty. This is my mantra. Sometimes I have an idea for a dress and I spend lots of time preparing all the details, finding the perfect fabric and scheming the execution. Then suddenly, out of the ethers, arrives the beauty.
So often, I find that inspiration comes when I’m not looking for it. A few months ago I was at the beach with a friend who haphazardly wrapped a sarong around herself to run back to the car. When she arrived back to our blanket I gasped at how perfectly draped her sarong hung from her hips. I grabbed my cellphone and snapped a photo. She didn’t recognize it when she saw the newest draped design on a mannequin in my studio a few weeks later. She commented that she loved the dress while having no idea that she had inspired it! When I am simply open to life, open to possibilities and believing that good is all around me, the surprises happen.
When a bride is deciding on the dress she will wear on her wedding day, my advice is to clear her mind and allow the possibilities to flow. Regardless of the idea she starts with, I encourage her to try things that catch her eye and not limit herself based on previously determined concepts. By following the beauty, she leaves behind the confusions and fears that can creep in during a time of making so many decisions. Following the beauty can eliminate the guess-work, struggle and overthinking that can plague the dress shopping experience. In my opinion, choosing a gown that expresses your feeling of inspiration will set the right course for designing your entire wedding. Let beauty lead you.