In the rare event you find yourself with extra cash you haven’t spent on your wedding budget (a lot of cash for that matter), then you might consider blowing it on a made-to-measure Stephane Rolland wedding dress.

The French couturier is recognised by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in France, making him a legitimate designer of “haute couture” clothes, or custom-fitted, very exclusive pieces made by skilled artisans with the best materials.

Case in point: The final look for his S/S 2012 couture show in January this year, traditionally called the “bride”, was an amazing crimson long-sleeved gown with a four-metre train which used 45 metres of silk and wool jersey and took four seamstresses around 200 hours to complete.

It was so heavy – weighing in at around 50 kg – that legendary supermodel, 47 year-old Yasmin Le Bon, who Rolland described as “classic, yet rock ‘n roll”  had to be escorted by two men down the runway.

A year before that, a kimono-sleeved floor-length wedding dress, resembling something a cool space-warrior bride would wear, took three weeks of ten seamstresses, weaving and braiding 360 metres of white silk satin, interlacing them with crystal baguettes.

Safe to say, the dresses are definitely not for the shy or conservative – especially considering he once came up with an orange silk satin jumpsuit (yes, a jumpsuit) as his final bridal look.

Of course, you can expect Rolland’s dresses to come with a very expensive price tag. But they do come with a certain legacy of glitz and glamour.

His designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, who put on Rolland’s floor-length cape-dress and white bejewelled tights; Beyonce, who made an unforgettable red carpet Grammy appearance with a latte-hued gown adorned with architectural lines; and most recently, supermodel Karolina Kurkova who looked gorgeous in two of his creations for a fashion award ceremony in Vienna.

For the woman lucky enough to afford one of his pieces, you’ll be inheriting a one-of-a-kind dress which no other bride will have. For the others, why not look through his collections to get some inspiration for your big day?

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