Sydney-based designer Sarah Janks, who collaborated on one of the iconic silhouettes of recent years – the Galaxy Dress for Roland Mouret – is showing her first bridalwear collection at London.
Sarah’s first bridal range is of the signature the fashion cognoscenti have come to expect – it is thoroughly contemporary, giving a modern slant to classic shapes with impeccable cut and attention to detail. Hand-worked touches on many of the dresses set a whimsical and somewhat different tone to the usual. Using the finest fabrics and a patented, corseted power mesh lining, the collections boasts light-as-air unstructured dresses in floaty chiffons to show-stopped ballgowns for brides who want to make a big statement.
Sarah Janks is a pattern cutter by trade. While working in London in that capacity and as a creative design assistant, Roland Mouret asked her to cut the garment which was to emerge as the dress of the decade. The Galaxy is a shape that keeps coming back – it caused a sensation in 2005 when it was first launched – and it is acknowledged that Sarah’s innovative power mesh inner garment was responsible for the unique silhouette that resulted. Born in South Africa, Sarah worked for several top couturiers there and in London she pursued a tailoring apprenticeship. She has worked with names including Jenny Packham, Jonathan Saunders and Hamish Morrow, was involved in the launch of CS and worked for All Saints before relocating to Sydney. Her bridal collection is a joy, and one that top retailers will recognize as The Next Big Thing.