Marguerite Hannah has been designing the Alan Hannah Collection for 25 years. She doesn’t have any grand ideas, she just starts with all her ingredients around her – fabrics, beading, books and photos. She begins to make the patterns and soon falls in love… The inspiration for the Watercolours collection (some are featured here) came when Marguerite’s daughter was experimenting with watercolours as part of her art A-level. A light touch is created with lots of silk chiffon and soft silk satins to emulate water with its movement, its waves on the ocean and its shimmering colours, which are transported and subtly changed by the reflections of the light. Colour has also been introduced through original paintings on the dresses. Exquisite beading adds to the beauty of the soft swaying fabrics and translucent colours. An Alan Hannah bride can feel proud that not only is their dream made in England but it also holds an historical value in that it is composed of fabric from small mills in France or Italy, or hand painted in Spain or beaded from techniques handed down from countless generations in this country or in India.