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Mar 10, 2014

by Debbie Bailie-Collins

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Debbie Bailie-Collins, and I’m the creative director and designer at Gibson Bespoke in Northern Ireland. I design and create timeless, high-quality headpieces, accessories and gowns for the discerning bride.

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I find inspiration in the most peculiar things: ancient architecture, graphic design, nature, horticulture, vintage fashion, old curiosity shops, children’s fairytales and film noir. The movie stars of old Hollywood probably influence me the most; their poise, elegance and personal style reels me in. I’m fascinated by the unpretentious glamour and sophistication of the mid century and Art Deco periods. I’m intrigued also by the finery and craftmanship of the fashion in the 18th and 19th French and English royal courts.

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Being creative and artistic has always been important to me, but I never realized just how essential it was until I became involved with the wedding industry. Now it is an integral part of my life. I eat, sleep and breathe creativity. I oversee all aspects of my business, including styling, research, sourcing, buying, designing and creating. I also employ a team of two. Work is constantly on my mind, and I feel incredibly lucky to have found a way to earn a living that makes me so utterly happy.

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To be recognized for the style of clothes and accessories I design and create is hugely important to me. It’s a way of leaving an impression, not only in a woman’s wardrobe but also on one of the most important day of their lives, their wedding day. I always want my bride to look back on her day with nostalgia and warmth, knowing that what she chose to wear was entirely right for her and that it made her feel and look the absolute best version of herself.

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Etsy has been an incredible experience for me. From starting my shop with one or two designs to the full spectrum of designs I now have to offer, nothing has been difficult — more like natural progression with the full support of Etsy, my fellow sellers and customers. It’s a warm and friendly place to sell where you know that your artistic efforts and craftmanship are fully appreciated. I can honestly say if it wasn’t for Etsy, my business would not has flourished the way it has.

All photographs by Kirsty-Lyn Jameson.

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DAMARIS | Crystal Silk Cape
DAMARIS | Crystal Silk Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,013.00 USD
SIRENE | Antique French crown
SIRENE | Antique French crown
GibsonBespoke
$340.00 USD
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered Mantilla Veil
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered Mantilla Veil
GibsonBespoke
$833.00 USD
VOLTAIRE | Opulent Crystal Diadem
VOLTAIRE | Opulent Crystal Diadem
GibsonBespoke
$469.00 USD
End of Line 50% HERA | Filigree Bridal Collar
End of Line 50% HERA | Filigree Bridal Collar
GibsonBespoke
$130.00 USD
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco  Headpiece
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
OPHELIA | Crystal Lace Headpiece
OPHELIA | Crystal Lace Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$387.00 USD
Ember - Bohemian Luxe Silk Charmeuse Wedding Dress
Ember - Bohemian Luxe Silk Charmeuse Wedding Dress
GibsonBespoke
$1,683.00 USD
PETAL | Silk Ombre Cocktail Hat
PETAL | Silk Ombre Cocktail Hat
GibsonBespoke
$225.00 USD
BACALL | Champagne Gold Hollywood Wedding Gown
BACALL | Champagne Gold Hollywood Wedding Gown
GibsonBespoke
$1,690.00 USD
ELECTRA | Crystal Starfall Neckpiece
ELECTRA | Crystal Starfall Neckpiece
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
VERSAILLES | Crystal Lace Ombre Cape
VERSAILLES | Crystal Lace Ombre Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,262.00 USD
RENOIR | Crystal Rose Capelet
RENOIR | Crystal Rose Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$764.00 USD
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
GibsonBespoke
$179.00 USD
ORION | Crystal Silk Train
ORION | Crystal Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$797.00 USD
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$390.50 USD
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$390.50 USD
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$390.50 USD
MIDNIGHT | Cascading Silk Headpiece
MIDNIGHT | Cascading Silk Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$664.00 USD
VIENNA | Crystal Pearl Capelet
VIENNA | Crystal Pearl Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$679.00 USD
DAMARIS | Crystal Silk Cape
DAMARIS | Crystal Silk Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,013.00 USD
LUMIERE | Beaded Bridal Capelet
LUMIERE | Beaded Bridal Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$767.00 USD
LUMIERE | Beaded Bridal Capelet
LUMIERE | Beaded Bridal Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$767.00 USD
MARCHESA | Opulent Crystal Embroidered Cape
MARCHESA | Opulent Crystal Embroidered Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,502.00 USD
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
SERAPHINE | Crystal Lace Neckpiece
SERAPHINE | Crystal Lace Neckpiece
GibsonBespoke
$445.00 USD
ALEXANDRIA | Crystal Engagement Gown
ALEXANDRIA | Crystal Engagement Gown
GibsonBespoke
$1,540.00 USD
End of Line 50% EDESSA | Couture Lace Cuff
End of Line 50% EDESSA | Couture Lace Cuff
GibsonBespoke
$90.00 USD
VALENTINA | Golden Flower Crystal Crown
VALENTINA | Golden Flower Crystal Crown
GibsonBespoke
$351.00 USD
End of Line 50% The Chrysler Cape- Art Deco Crystal Capelet
End of Line 50% The Chrysler Cape- Art Deco Crystal Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$359.50 USD
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
End of Line 50% ASTAIRE | Couture Crystal Neckpiece
End of Line 50% ASTAIRE | Couture Crystal Neckpiece
GibsonBespoke
$314.50 USD
End of Line 50% SALE | LUNA | Silk Organza Crystal Cuff
End of Line 50% SALE | LUNA | Silk Organza Crystal Cuff
GibsonBespoke
$72.50 USD
End of Line 50% ALEXIUS | Crystal Cuff
End of Line 50% ALEXIUS | Crystal Cuff
GibsonBespoke
$64.50 USD
BACALL | Champagne Hollywood Wedding Gown
BACALL | Champagne Hollywood Wedding Gown
GibsonBespoke
$1,690.00 USD
End of Line 50% REISS | Crystal Headband
End of Line 50% REISS | Crystal Headband
GibsonBespoke
$232.50 USD
LEILA | Crystal Silk Veil
LEILA | Crystal Silk Veil
GibsonBespoke
$397.00 USD
ALEXANDRIA | Crystal Engagement Dress
ALEXANDRIA | Crystal Engagement Dress
GibsonBespoke
$1,540.00 USD
SAKURA | Silk Blossom Hairvine
SAKURA | Silk Blossom Hairvine
GibsonBespoke
$356.00 USD
LAKSHMI | Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
LAKSHMI | Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Silk Train
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
End of Line 50% REISS | Crystal Headband
End of Line 50% REISS | Crystal Headband
GibsonBespoke
$232.50 USD
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Capelet & Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
GibsonBespoke
$179.00 USD
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
THEODORA | Floral Crown & English Silk Veil
GibsonBespoke
$179.00 USD
BACALL | Champagne Sequin Hollywood Wedding Gown
BACALL | Champagne Sequin Hollywood Wedding Gown
GibsonBespoke
$1,690.00 USD
FLOWER GARDEN | Couture Crystal Collar
FLOWER GARDEN | Couture Crystal Collar
GibsonBespoke
$528.00 USD
DION | Lace Train
DION | Lace Train
GibsonBespoke
$504.00 USD
End of Line 50% DELPHINE | Crystal Collar
End of Line 50% DELPHINE | Crystal Collar
GibsonBespoke
$240.00 USD
AVA | Bridal Cocktail Hat
AVA | Bridal Cocktail Hat
GibsonBespoke
$600.00 USD
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Silk Train
LAKSHMI | Beaded Crystal Pearl Silk Train
GibsonBespoke
$550.00 USD
METHODY | Embroidered Crystal Headpiece
METHODY | Embroidered Crystal Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$290.00 USD
METHODY | Crystal Headpiece
METHODY | Crystal Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$290.00 USD
PALAIS | Crystal Snowflake Cape
PALAIS | Crystal Snowflake Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,614.00 USD
PALAIS | Crystal Snowflake Cape
PALAIS | Crystal Snowflake Cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,614.00 USD
CLARE DE LUNE | Floral Embroidered Double Silk Cape
CLARE DE LUNE | Floral Embroidered Double Silk Cape
GibsonBespoke
$695.00 USD
End of Line 50% ASTAIRE | Crystal Cuff
End of Line 50% ASTAIRE | Crystal Cuff
GibsonBespoke
$145.00 USD
End of Line 50% CELESTIAL | Couture Crystal Capelet
End of Line 50% CELESTIAL | Couture Crystal Capelet
GibsonBespoke
$283.50 USD
End of Line 50% CASPIAN | Couture Crystal Capelet | Featured in VOGUE
End of Line 50% CASPIAN | Couture Crystal Capelet | Featured in VOGUE
GibsonBespoke
$699.00 USD

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