Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Custom Ivory Dress

A recent custom project I've been working on, this was a special request by a wonderful client of mine, based off the white tiered full length dress, this is a shorter version in the ivory color way and custom colored silk tie in avocado. So much fun!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

J. Mendel

Favorite looks from J. Mendel's pre-fall 2010 collection, love the elegant, beautiful draped dresses. Asymmetrical, draped wraps have been a trend with designers for pre-fall, J. Mendel's gold version is one of my favorite examples.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pre-Fall Fashion Shows

I'm loving these Pre-Fall looks by Burberry for 2010, lux laces and rich neutrals. Looking forward to Fall fashion week coming up soon, even if it's just viewing from my computer!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter Coat

I'm always designing dresses for special occasions, so when I have an opportunity to custom design a coat it's always a welcoming thrill. Besides my love of dresses, my first love is coats especially during this cold weather season. Here is a mock-up of my most recent commission, this is a beautiful Italian plaid & tweed wool fabric, super soft and thick, sooo lux! The wood buttons go nicely with the blonde and brown colors, also matches the rustic look of the fabric. I'll be posting the finished product soon....

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Painted Roses

'Painted Roses' by Amanda Archer Collection is inspired by the City of Roses, fairy tales and Alice in Wonderland. Full collection coming soon!
Clockwise from top left: Country Dreams blue dress, Roses and Lace ivory dress, Painted Roses red dress, Ruffles and Roses cream dress

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Real Bride: Elizabeth!

Sneak peak at Elizabeth's November wedding snap shots, The dress is based off my extra full circle skirt w/ fitted bodice and tulle underlayer, custom made from iridescent "raspberry" silk.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sarah's June Wedding PART II

As promised here are some pictures of Sarah's wedding dress which was custom designed: made from french lace and silk, v-neck front and back, fitted to the hi-hip with a soft drapey flare in skirt. Finished with beaded flower appliques of pearls and swarovski crystals.
These are some of the most elegant and beautiful dancing pictures I've seen, the bride and groom danced to the russian waltz, I love how it shows off the fullness in the skirt.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sarah's June Wedding PART I

I am so thrilled to get these pics from Sarah's June wedding! I designed and created both the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses. The colors and setting of this wedding are incredible, absolutely beautiful! Two of the bridesmaids wanted a custom print with sleeved dresses, one of the bridesmaids wanted the monarch color pleated collar dress. Sarah's wedding gown was made from silk and french lace, custom designed, more details and pics to come....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Carnival Engagement

These are some of the cutest engagement photos EVER, love the carnival setting! Erika is wearing the pleated collar dress, photography by Kate Headley, more pictures at the Rock 'n Roll Bride (also a fabulous blog for brides!)

Friday, September 25, 2009


Recently featured on LVC Mag, online fashion magazine full of fun and wonderful finds! You can find the article here: Featured Designer: Amanda Archer

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grace's Wedding

Very cool photos from Grace's June wedding, love the natural setting, very romantic.
The bride is wearing a custom made gown I created in white cotton voile with a red brocade sash (the brocade was a special request). The groom has a matching red handkerchief from the same fabric. Lovely!

Friday, September 11, 2009

NEW: Lace top!

I love this cotton lace top, it's so easy and fun to wear, perfect all year round for casual but special occasions, wear it with jeans layered over a cami, perfect for a fun bridal or baby shower! The handmade roses and pearls add an extra special element.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lace Shift Dress

Hats off to Heather who is wearing the Lace Shift Dress at a recent wedding, so lovely!
Happy Labor day weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lilac and Violets

Picture from Cathleen's wedding; here the bridesmaids took advantage of the custom colors I offer and went with a mix of the Lilac and Violet Pleated Collar Dresses, so pretty!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


While in San Francisco last week I had to stop by the MOMA to check out the Richard Avedon exhibit, definitely amazing, his work was very inspiring, love the fashion  pics he is so famous for!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tinywater Photography

More pictures from Jessica's Miami wedding last May! These are from Tinywater Photography who is also based out of San Francisco! I love the bold colors of these photos, really brings out the gold bridesmaid dresses and beautiful Spanish monastery location.