Eleganza, our Couture Fashion Event in November is progressing nicely and we have more than enough material for the content – the show would be too long to show all the wonderful garments that the students have created. We are working hard to make sure our sponsors are acknowledged for their very generous support of Eleganza and Making Changes Association of Calgary. www.makingchangesassociation.ca
Tania at Pattison Outdoor Advertising www.pattisonoutdoor.com
Jason and Val at Speedpro Signs http://airdriesigns.com
Don at Smart Betty http://calgary.smartbetty.com
Beverley at Lia Sophia Jewelry www.liasophia.ca/sites/beverleyparkin
Aaron at Red Dot Photo www.reddotphoto.net
Kelly at Kaydee Web Design www.kaydee.net
Margo and Leela at Lava Hair Studio www.lavahairgroup.com
Val at My Day Designs www.mydaydesigns.com
Aaron at www.reddotphoto.net
Stacy at www.sweetsbystacy.com
Hannelore of One of a Kind Designs firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi at Jamesons Pubs http://www.jamesonspubs.com
Neil and Barbara at Hidden Springs Retreat www.hiddensprings.ca
Tom and Marty for Rocky Mountain Accomodations http://www.rockynow.com
Couture vs Labels continued…. couture is not instant gratification it is the journey following the client’s dream ending with the expected desired destination, with all the memories of discovery and delights along the way.
THE consultation with the client is the first serious discussion to find out what your client has in mind and in couture customer service is the all-important issue to address no matter what follows. Your client must be made to feel as though they are the most important one you have. However, if during or even before the consultation, this person treats you unfavorably or without courtesy – drop them immediately – it truly is a sign of things to come. Be seriously courteous and explain your position with integrity – do not burn any bridges.
Please don’t take to heart what you see on TV regarding temperamental prima donna fashion designers carry on the way they do and getting away with it as being true – that is for television entertainment value only. In professional practice, they do not get away with it. They get fired.
The consultation is always a paid visit – to ensure that no one is wasting each other’s time and will provide the couturier and client with enough information to carry on to the next stage. How each couturier will handle the consultation fee is up to them and there are several ways of doing this. After the consultation, a contract is written up so that both parties know exactly what to expect of each other so neither one is disappointed or confounded during the process. The couture experience should be and always remain a pleasurable one.
The really fun part of this wedding gown journey began two years ago with the bride bursting with ideas – some definite, some exploratory. Brides often change their minds about their perfect gown, and ours did too but, came full circle back to her initial gut feeling. Excitement is so infectious and becomes the stimulant for creativity. Our bride knew exactly what color she wanted, and overall what theme her wedding was taking on. It’s a good thing to consider and explore other options just to rule out the ‘what-ifs’ and ‘should-haves’ before you actually walk down the aisle and Couturiers are trained to extrapolate all those ideas and design something unique which essentially ‘hits all the notes’. Keep tuned for more…
Talk soon, J Visit: www.couturecalgary.com for Eleganza Fashion Event information and tickets.