In a previous wedding inspiration board, I suggested the idea of having an artist paint the bride and groom. Afterwards I found a related article in the French bridal magazine, Oui. It showed wedding dresses portrayed in beautiful paintings by the artist Rebecca Dautremer. She was born in the south of France and later attended the Encole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) which was founded in 1766! The school develops all manner of works in the decorative arts. She graduated with a degree in graphic design in 1995. When Rebecca began work at the publishing company Gautier-Languereau, she enjoyed the atmosphere the illustrators created so much that she became one herself. She found that her fellow artists “… aren’t competitive- we don’t judge each other and some, like Elodie Nouhen become friends…it felt very natural to continue working in the area and I still derive a lot of pleasure from that.” Rebecca has become a very popular author and illustrator for children’s books in France. For the magazine article, she painted several wedding gowns in her own unique, whimsical, intriguing style.
The painting above shows the detail of the embroidered bodice of an empire waist dress designed by Monique Germain.
In this painting swallows surround the bride and are painted on her organza dress. Note the bride’s hand grasping a length of ribbon that also matches the one on her dress. It comes from Atelier Manon Pascual. ( Empire Style, ‘Cloe’)
Nathalie Durieux created this triple organza dress with embroidered flowers and leaves. Note the front of the dress is shorter with a long train in the back.
Peacock feathers are bent in the shape of butterflies for this organdy silk dress by Perry Ah Why.
This organza dress has epaulets of birds on the attached cape designed by Diane Hameline.
(Photos- Oui French Wedding Magazine, June 2007)