Living as a Mod in the 21st Century

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mod wedding fashions

My previous post focused mainly on a how I got a custom Mod suit made for my wedding. It would be a travesty not to have a look at the breathtaking dress my wife was wearing.

The original idea was to have my mother-in-law make one for her. She’s a very skilled seamstress and this wouldn’t have been her first wedding gown. She did make the dresses for my four nieces. From all the compliments they got, my sister’s children certainly hit a 10 on the cuteness scale.

Sophie and Julie posing in their a-line dresses and go-go boots
Marie, the futur model
As my wife was shopping with her mother for the fabric for her dress, she came across this number. Not only was it exactly what she was looking for but it was also incredibly affordable. Taking into account the cost of the material and the time it would take to make it, this was THE ONE.

Tradition dictates that the fiancé should not see the gown before the Big Day so I had no idea what was in store. I had planned to copy the Prince William approach and be the last one the see her before she nestled beside me but the anticipation was unbearable. As soon as I caught a glimpse of her, I was breathless. I wasn’t expecting to be fighting back the tears. Don’t tell anyone. This should stay just between you and me.

I am now fortunate to have these photos of the moments leading to the ceremony.

Nikki in her white faux fur coat

There was no strict Mod dress code at our wedding. For apparent reasons, Mods weren’t the only attendees. We did appreciate the fact that some people went the extra mile to add that retro touch. I thought I would share with you a few of my top pics.

My beautiful cousin Ariane was wearing an early 70s dress given to her by her mother. It was hand made by a professional seamstress from a Vogue pattern, very sought after at that time. The long coat is a Stirling Cooper of London, designed by Antony Price. Price was known for designing the clothes for the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour. Lou Reed and David Bowie were some of his other famous clients.

I had a soft spot for Virgine’s stunning 60s inspired dress. With bold colors and funky patterns, she definitely stood out.

I give a gold star to my mate Eric who had a great velvet double breasted black suit with a bright purple shirt. and silk scarf. That is the perfect mix of class and audacity. Well done my friend!

I can always count on my skinhead mates, Frank and Stephane, to show up looking smart and sharp. They are the best bodyguards you can wish for. 

My mate Jonathan proudly wearing his bespoke plum colored suit. His sense of style is hard to fault.

Special praise goes to my father-in-law for joining us in having a custom suit made for the occasion. Check out the ticket pocket!

I have to give it up to my friend DJ Lee Modern for choosing a bow tie instead of his customary slim tie. Love it!

My accomplice Dan Fiocco from the band Le Chelsea Beat is once again immaculate, wearing a smart classic 3-button jaket and crisp white button down shirt and slim tie. You just can't mess with a classic.

The Mod contingent didn't disappoint. Dressed to the nines, my mates stand proud. You can tell that these guys have an eye for details. This has to be one of my favorite photos of them all.

I had to finish with a few more images of the happy couple. So please indulge me one last time.

Parading in my grey suit
Switching to the burgandy suit for our first dance.
It's all about the details. Monogramed sleeve, vintage cufflinks and Ben Sherman chronograph watch


  1. Special bodyguard detail for the groom, check. :)

  2. Great photos, again, and they come off as very playful! Looks like you guys were able to have fun on the big day (which is always important).

    Also looks like the weather treated you well!

  3. That's really a fantastic post ! I added to my favorite blogs list..
    I have been reading your blog last couple of weeks and enjoy every bit. Thanks