Even as a young fashion student, Ian Stuart was winning awards for his bridal work. His flair for designing wearable theatrical gowns made him stand out from the crowd.
Early training at Bellville Sassoon – one of London’s finest couture houses – gave Ian expert couturier knowledge of cut, proportion, balance and construction of high-end evening wear.
For over a decade he designed collections for leading bridal manufacturers in New York, creating the perfect foundation on which to create his own label.
Ian Stuart-Bride launched in 2002, giving him the ultimate freedom to design innovative bridal collections without any creative restraints.
Ian’s instant popularity with the more quirky modern bride saw him inundated with commissions from their stylish mothers who also wanted to wear his distinctive, cutting edge creations.
In 2007, the label evolved to include Ian Stuart-London, a special occasion wear collection for women who want to stand out and be noticed. Its immediate success confirmed the demand for wedding fashion far removed from being ‘frumpy’.
Ever the ambassador for British design, Ian opened his own flagship store in 2014 to house his exclusive collections. The Blewcoat has been renovated and reborn as a luxury shopping landmark, offering a personalised service for adventurously stylish women from around the world.
In 2017 Channel 4 commissioned a behind-the-scenes documentary series about the extraordinary world of womenswear designer, Ian Stuart. Twenty-five, half hour episodes were aired each weekday evening at 5.30pm for five consecutive weeks from 11th June 2018. Still available to watch on Catch up- all 4!
2017 Best Occasionwear- Bridal Buyer Awards UK
2015 New Bridal Retail – You & Your Wedding Magazine
2013 Best Wedding Dress Designer – Retail Bridal Association UK
2012 Best Wedding Dress Designer – Retail Bridal Association UK Best Mother of The Bride Collection – Wedding Ideas Awards UK Best Occasion Wear Collection – Bridal Buyer Awards UK
2011 Best Wedding Dress Designer – Retail Bridal Association UK Best Bridal Designer – Perfect Wedding Awards UK
2010 Bridal Designer of the Year – Bridal Buyer Awards UK
2008 Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – Bridal Buyer Awards UK
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Bridal Designer of the Year – Bridal Buyer Awards UK
2004 The Bride of the Year – Good Morning Television UK
2002 Style Innovator – Design Excellence in the Bridal Industry USA
2001 Rising Star – Designer Excellence in the Bridal Industry USA
1999 Best New Designer of the Year – Brides Magazine UK