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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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GISELLE | Antique gilded leaf wedding crown
GISELLE | Antique gilded leaf wedding crown
GibsonBespoke
$196.00 USD
CARTER | Luxury diamond drop earrings
CARTER | Luxury diamond drop earrings
GibsonBespoke
$142.00 USD
LOULOU | Silk flowers & baroque pearl double crown
LOULOU | Silk flowers & baroque pearl double crown
GibsonBespoke
$350.00 USD
THEODORA | Antique lucite floral wedding crown
THEODORA | Antique lucite floral wedding crown
GibsonBespoke
$192.00 USD
DAMARIS | Shimmering crystal long silk cape
DAMARIS | Shimmering crystal long silk cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,022.00 USD
ORCHIDEE | Orchid pearl drop earrings
ORCHIDEE | Orchid pearl drop earrings
GibsonBespoke
$86.00 USD
ELISABETH | Antique Filigree Crown
ELISABETH | Antique Filigree Crown
GibsonBespoke
$360.00 USD
LAKSHMI | Luxury pearl & silk wedding cape veil
LAKSHMI | Luxury pearl & silk wedding cape veil
GibsonBespoke
$555.00 USD
CARTER | Luxury diamond drop earrings
CARTER | Luxury diamond drop earrings
GibsonBespoke
$142.00 USD
ASTAIRE | Couture crystal tulle necklace
ASTAIRE | Couture crystal tulle necklace
GibsonBespoke
$629.00 USD
REISS |  Couture crystal headpiece
REISS | Couture crystal headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$245.50 USD
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
L'AMOUR | Golden vine bridal crown
L'AMOUR | Golden vine bridal crown
GibsonBespoke
$367.00 USD
RAPHAELLE | Delicate Floral Pins
RAPHAELLE | Delicate Floral Pins
GibsonBespoke
$144.00 USD
ROUSSEAU | Couture Crystal Gown
ROUSSEAU | Couture Crystal Gown
GibsonBespoke
$10,985.00 USD
VOLTAIRE | Couture crystal wedding headpiece
VOLTAIRE | Couture crystal wedding headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$382.00 USD
TOUJOURS | Pearl Bridal Comb
TOUJOURS | Pearl Bridal Comb
GibsonBespoke
$243.00 USD
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
GibsonBespoke
$233.00 USD
BOHEME | Pearlised bead bridal capelet
BOHEME | Pearlised bead bridal capelet
GibsonBespoke
$839.00 USD
JOIE | Crystal silk flower edge wedding veil
JOIE | Crystal silk flower edge wedding veil
GibsonBespoke
$956.00 USD
JOIE | Crystal silk flower edge wedding veil
JOIE | Crystal silk flower edge wedding veil
GibsonBespoke
$956.00 USD
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered silk mantilla veil
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered silk mantilla veil
GibsonBespoke
$842.00 USD
DAMARIS | Shimmering crystal long silk cape
DAMARIS | Shimmering crystal long silk cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,022.00 USD
RENOIR | Luxury crystal rose wedding cape
RENOIR | Luxury crystal rose wedding cape
GibsonBespoke
$610.00 USD
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
GibsonBespoke
$233.00 USD
L'ETOILES | Starry Night Celestial Veil
L'ETOILES | Starry Night Celestial Veil
GibsonBespoke
$802.00 USD
ORION | Couture modern silk bridal cape
ORION | Couture modern silk bridal cape
GibsonBespoke
$797.00 USD
CASPIAN | Couture crystal  wedding cape | featured in VOGUE
CASPIAN | Couture crystal wedding cape | featured in VOGUE
GibsonBespoke
$1,390.00 USD
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
VAUDEVILLE | Art Deco Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
ALEXANDRIA | Embroidered short crystal engagement dress
ALEXANDRIA | Embroidered short crystal engagement dress
GibsonBespoke
$1,540.00 USD
METHODY | Embroidered Crystal Headpiece
METHODY | Embroidered Crystal Headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$290.00 USD
SUSANNE | Opal bridal comb
SUSANNE | Opal bridal comb
GibsonBespoke
$190.00 USD
SERAPHINE | Crystal Lace Neckpiece
SERAPHINE | Crystal Lace Neckpiece
GibsonBespoke
$445.00 USD
VALENTINA | Intricate moonstone flower pearl wedding headpiece
VALENTINA | Intricate moonstone flower pearl wedding headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$351.00 USD
VALENTINA | Intricate moonstone flower pearl wedding headpiece
VALENTINA | Intricate moonstone flower pearl wedding headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$351.00 USD
DREAMWEAVER | Sheer floral vine bridal cape
DREAMWEAVER | Sheer floral vine bridal cape
GibsonBespoke
$469.00 USD
Ulysses | Crystal bohemian headchain
Ulysses | Crystal bohemian headchain
GibsonBespoke
$436.00 USD
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
LUJON | Couture crystal tulle headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$427.00 USD
PALAIS | Couture CrystalBridal Seed Pearl Long Wedding Cape Veil Alternative
PALAIS | Couture CrystalBridal Seed Pearl Long Wedding Cape Veil Alternative
GibsonBespoke
$1,623.00 USD
ANNA | Chantilly Drop Veil
ANNA | Chantilly Drop Veil
GibsonBespoke
$513.00 USD
REISS |  Couture crystal headpiece
REISS | Couture crystal headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$245.50 USD
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered silk flower mantilla veil
BY THE SEINE | Embroidered silk flower mantilla veil
GibsonBespoke
$842.00 USD
L'ETOILES | Starry night embroidered celestial veil
L'ETOILES | Starry night embroidered celestial veil
GibsonBespoke
$802.00 USD
ORCHIDEE | Orchid pearl drop earrings
ORCHIDEE | Orchid pearl drop earrings
GibsonBespoke
$86.00 USD
DES FLEURS | Silk floral hand embroidered wedding veil
DES FLEURS | Silk floral hand embroidered wedding veil
GibsonBespoke
$832.00 USD
J'TAIME | Crystal silk embroidered cap wedding veil
J'TAIME | Crystal silk embroidered cap wedding veil
GibsonBespoke
$783.00 USD
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
SIRENE | Antique french gilded coronet
GibsonBespoke
$233.00 USD
LUXOR | Haute couture crystal star epaulettes
LUXOR | Haute couture crystal star epaulettes
GibsonBespoke
$740.00 USD
COLBERT | Modern crystal bridal necklace
COLBERT | Modern crystal bridal necklace
GibsonBespoke
$650.00 USD
BONHAM | Crystal chandelier bridal earrings
BONHAM | Crystal chandelier bridal earrings
GibsonBespoke
$120.00 USD
CLARE DE LUNE | Floral silk bridal cape veil
CLARE DE LUNE | Floral silk bridal cape veil
GibsonBespoke
$704.00 USD
VERSAILLES | Couture crystal long tulle wedding cape
VERSAILLES | Couture crystal long tulle wedding cape
GibsonBespoke
$1,271.00 USD
ASTOR | Fine diamond asscher drop earrings
ASTOR | Fine diamond asscher drop earrings
GibsonBespoke
$150.00 USD
BONHAM | Crystal chandelier bridal earrings
BONHAM | Crystal chandelier bridal earrings
GibsonBespoke
$120.00 USD
PERSEPHONE | Opal pearl bridal headpiece
PERSEPHONE | Opal pearl bridal headpiece
GibsonBespoke
$344.00 USD
ELIZABETH | Gold vine bridal comb
ELIZABETH | Gold vine bridal comb
GibsonBespoke
$257.00 USD
L'AMOUR | Golden vine bridal crown
L'AMOUR | Golden vine bridal crown
GibsonBespoke
$367.00 USD
L'AMOUR | Silver vine wedding crown
L'AMOUR | Silver vine wedding crown
GibsonBespoke
$367.00 USD
TRESOR | Couture crystal embroidered wedding train
TRESOR | Couture crystal embroidered wedding train
GibsonBespoke
$2,782.00 USD

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