Sassi Holford's career began by accident when a friend who was getting married found herself without any money for her dress.
"I'd made a few things for myself in the past and I thought it couldn't be that difficult. It worked out and then other people started to ask me to make their dresses. By this time I was 18. I thought: This is fun; if people want to pay me to make their wedding dresses, this is cool. Things just took off from there. I never really followed fashion. I just made what I liked and what people liked. I've always believed in less is more." - Sassi Holford
By the mid eighties, Sassi's designs had begun to be stocked at top bridal salons in Harrods and Liberty in London. In the nineties, she expanded her business to Europe and last October made her debut in New York which has given her a foothold in the lucrative North American market.
Sassi's biggest thrill, apart from designing for the royal family, was when her mother and the 17 members of staff from her atelier in Taunton, who had worked on the dress, were invited to watch Autumn Kelly's Royal wedding from inside the gates at Windsor, as the gown she designed for the princess was seen around the world.
Since designing Autumn Kelly's gown, she was runner up to make Princess Kate's gown and was also in the running to design Meghan Markle's wedding dress.
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