For the last 150 years the white wedding dress has lain at the heart of the often-complex preparations for the marriage ceremony in traditional Anglo-Saxon unions, and increasingly in the marriage ceremonies of other cultures. Claudia Chan Shaw's wedding outfit reflects the growing trend for brides to select an outfit that may make reference to the white wedding dress tradition but is a very individual expression of the brides personal style and her vision of how she would like to appear at this significant ceremony. This individualising of the ceremony is also reflected in the couples selection of a secular outdoor setting instead of a church based ceremony.
The wedding outfit was designed and made by Claudia Chan Shaw's mother Vivian Chan Shaw, who has been an enduring figure in Australian fashion for over 30 years and has, in an industry renowned for its trend driven volatility, an extraordinarily loyal local and international clientele. This wedding outfit is a one-off piece created for the wedding and is a beautiful example of the sophisticated hand-loomed knitwear Chan Shaw is best known for.
Chan Shaw is best known for her distinctive knitwear designs in styles that surpass seasonal trends and use the knitting medium in an innovative and experimental. She creates clothing that fits and flatters a wide range of figure and age groups, is comfortable to wear and easy to wash, and packs small and light for travel. These are attributes not usually associated with contemporary fashion whose prime focus is on production and marketing to a size and age range often limited to the young and slim and with an economic imperative to constantly reinvent and renew itself. Through her work Chan Shaw has provided an empowering and original, fashionable alternative for women, many of whom feel dispossessed by mainstream fashion.