As a fashion editor in this market, I’m always on the lookout for that distinctive, local gem that delivers on its promise of something out of the ordinary, and Andrea’s Vintage Bridal, in its newly expanded setting, is just that kind of place.
Although I'm a ways out from "I Do" and "Happily Ever After," I am steeped in our local bridal industry and well versed in the buzz surrounding New York’s Fashion Week runways. Still, it wasn’t until I wandered into Andrea’s Vintage Bridal (occupying the bottom floor of Blake Antiques in Hopkins) that I developed a new appreciation for the fairy-tale gown.
Owner Andrea Erickson’s collection of antique and vintage bridal gowns—ruffled, ankle-length, war-era dresses; '70s Renaissance-style hippie gowns, '60s Jackie O. shifts, and so much more—are all in mint or near-mint condition.
Armed with a talented seamstress and a bit of imagination, a vintage gown can be trimmed and tailored to look new. A high lace collar can give way to a beautiful sweetheart neckline; a sweeping train can be made into a cropped bolero; a colored grosgrain ribbon may give a new look to the nipped waist of a '50s dress—the possibilities for your one-of-a-kind look are endless.
Even if you don’t think you are in the market for a vintage gown, an afternoon sojourn to Andrea’s Vintage Bridal should definitely be on your to-do list. The collection of vintage jewelry, gloves, hats, veils, and handbags are less intimidating ways to incorporate vintage into your bridal style.
I was in the store just last week and snapped some shots of things on my iPhone that caught me eye. Here's some of what I saw.