About Me

I studied art, both from a perspective of practical design and from the perspective of art as an influence to the human spirit. My studies in art were at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and at George Washington University in Washington, DC. My passion for art and things of beauty brought me into the world of jewelry design. The wedding is a perfect venue for the display of beauty, and the bride has become the perfect "canvas" for my talents. Each of my handcrafted pieces has been described as a "work of art". Mary Clary Designs has been featured in "Bride's" magazine, "Modern Bride", "Greenwich Magazine", and "Fairfield County" magazine on numerous occasions. You can still have gorgeous, couture quality headpieces and jewelry for a fraction of what they would cost in a bridal salon or even on the web. visit: http://www.maryclarydesign.etsy.com

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I Love Vintage! What is it?

Mary Clary Bridal Designs - Headpieces

Vintage is currenty very trendy for brides. Many brides are choosing gowns and headpieces that are either truly vintage or have a vintage quality (vintagesque). There is a huge quality differential in the category "vintage." Vintage simply means something that is at least 20 years old. So, if the vintage headpiece was poor quality and in bad taste 20 years ago, it probably still is, but it is now old on top of it.

Therefore, you have to use your discerning eye, and really look at the headpiece for it's intrinsic qualities. Do you love it because it is beautiful and well made, or do you just love the fact that it has a quality from a different era?

You really don't have to be hung up on whether the headpiece you have chosen is authentically vintage. If it has the look that goes with the rest of your ensemble and is excellent quality, then being authentically old shouldn't really matter.


Anonymous said...

Can beads from my mother's wedding dress be use in making my bridal headpiece?

Anonymous said...

Can a headpiece be designed using a photo of my grandmothers bridal headpiece as inspiration?

mary said...

I have made quite a few headpieces using beads, crystals, earrings, and various elements of a mother's or grandmother's jewelry, headpiece or gown. It becomes tremendously personal and meaningful for the bride and her heirs.

mary said...

You can always email a photo of any headpiece that inspires you and I can use it as a model.