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H. Drewett-cormier wedding. Bride: Heidi Wedding: December Venue: Chateau Lake Louise Theme: Silver, Red, Black, Candlelight and Snowflakes. Ideas . Heidi put together a collage of ideas to convey the vision of her wedding before any sketches were made up or fabric sourced.

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h drewett cormier wedding
H. Drewett-cormier wedding

Bride: Heidi Wedding: December Venue: Chateau Lake Louise

Theme: Silver, Red, Black, Candlelight and Snowflakes


Heidi put together a collage of ideas to convey the vision of her wedding before any sketches were made up or fabric sourced.


The couture process…


Several meetings took place between Heidi and I to talk about the type of wedding, the venue, the fabrics, and the budget before any wedding gown ideas were put to paper…


Further working sketches were developed in consultation with Heidi to get final approval for next step to make up the “toile”.

approval sign off

Heidi’s full set of measurements were taken- which typically numbers about 60, before the gown could even begin to take shape…after which the fabrics were sourced and ordered.

approval – Sign Off

The toile was created and fitted perfectly to Heidi’s personal style and figure

Several toile fittings, for the purpose of finalising silhouette and styling the details, took place before cutting into the silk fabric. Heidi was so excited and pleased with this process she offered to model her toile that others could understand the couture process as well…

fashion event fundraiser one

During this time period the planning and preparations for the EHC fashion event fundraiser for Making Changes Association Calgary were being made:

fashion event fundraiser “one”

Heidi also offered to help EHC’s fundraising initiative in other ways..

As goes with fundraisers, we rely heavily upon donations of time and expertise to accomplish the goal of raising money for worthwhile organizations…

heidi s gown as toile featured at one
Heidi’s gown as toile featured at “ONE”

Heidi agreed to involve EHC student’s in the development of her wedding gown providing them real life working experience - November 2010

one fashion event fundraiser poster
“one” fashion event fundraiser poster

By offering to donate her professional expertise in graphic design Heidi created the posters and tickets


…Heidi having a bit of fun with the students during the final fittings reduced pre-wedding jitters…

countdown to the wedding

By the time the wedding gown was completed a full year had elapsed and EHC’s next Fashion Event Fundraiser 2011 was about to launch …

Countdown to the wedding

…the wedding gown was completed in time for ELEGANZA

This year the planning for the fashion event had begun much earlier so that a full sponsorship package could be developed and distributed to potential partners and donors for the fundraiser…

eleganza fashion event fundraiser 2011

Note that we used the original sketch for Heidi’s gown to feature on the promotional material…

Eleganza fashion event fundraiser 2011

Heidi graciously donated her expertise again to create promotional materials for Eleganza 2011

couture promotions
Couture Promotions

Interview by Jill Belland– Breakfast Television Calgary

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Couture promotions

Interview by Jill Belland – Breakfast Television Calgary

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Couture promotions

Interview by Jill Belland – Breakfast Television Calgary

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Couture promotions

Interview by Jill Belland – Breakfast Television Calgary

eleganza 2011
Eleganza 2011

At Eleganza, our bride modelled the gown in its muslin mock-up stage….

eleganza 20111
Eleganza 2011

…and its final stage

the details
The details…

The back of the silk satin jacket showing the knot detail holding the long length together at the back waist

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The details…

Swarovski crystal embroidery at the centre back of the wedding gown bodice delicately highlighting pleated silk satin

the details2
The details…

Bustling for the gown’s train with a series of satin ribbons and loops tied to firmly secure the hemline for an evening of dancing…

the details3
The details…

Showing the details of what you do not see! The bodice fits beautifully over the bust line providing coverage without sacrificing sensuality

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The details…

Slevin, Heidi’s Burnese Mountain Dog and ring bearer, showing off his couture made collar: Irish linen collar, silk satin bow tie


A big thank you to Heidi for offering and allowing us to feature the couture process using her wedding gown…


Heidi’s wedding one week after the fashion show…

Also thanks to Preserving Memories, for the following photographs used in this portfolio presentation .



For the actual wedding – Heidi carried a bouquet of red roses with her own personal touch of Swarovski crystals in the centers


Professional photos taken outside the chateau in minus 20 Celsius degrees – the jacket became very useful!

dress information

Construction and finishing: 80% hand sewn, 20% machine sewn

  • Gown and jacket fabrics: 30 metres silks: Satin, satin chiffon, silk organza, wool/silk zibeline corset. No synthetic fabrics.
  • Steel spiral boning, horsehair braid hem stiffener, built in bra support.
Dress information

Design and creation by Jutta Holtkamp

With the assistance of EHC students:

Laura Beth Chisholm, Chelsea Evans and Hannelore Ponto –

Pewter Silk Crepe backed Satin

  • The Gown
  • Strapless
  • Front asymmetric draping from waistline downwards to hemline and over bodice
  • Back bodice ‘v’ shaped
  • Fishtail back skirt, court length train with interior bustle loops and straps
  • Corseted bodice under structure
  • Fully lined and appropriate skirt support
  • Crystal faceted gems and crystal beads embellishment on bodice as per request
  • The Jacket:
  • Silk Satin lined with satin chiffon
  • Front opening
  • Narrow shawl collar
  • Back with Peplum as per design
  • Long centre back panel with crystal embellishment
  • Long sleeves with bell shape hem