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Peter Copping: I know what brides need

FashionBy Sunday World
Peter Copping: I know what brides need

Peter Copping thinks a bride should feel comfortable in her wedding dress.

The British designer became creative director at Oscar de la Renta last year. He has unveiled three collections since then, ready-to-wear, pre-fall and wedding. And when it comes to the latter, he thinks there are things which are just as important as the gown's appearance.

"I think it’s important for brides to feel comfortable in their dress," he told the US edition of Vogue.

One of the first brides to wear one of Peter's creations is the brand's PR Executive in the Middle Eastern division, Haifa Snobar. Her gown was a snow-white princess style featuring hand-cut floral petals with a star effect made from taffeta and organza. Eight of her friends were also wearing Oscar de la Renta, which pleased Peter immensely.

"I wanted them to be a little runway all their own," he smiled.

It's not surprising, considering how well his catwalk shows have been received since he took his position in October. Peter was Oscar's handpicked successor and the two planned to work alongside each other. But days after he was appointed, Oscar passed away from cancer at the age of 82. It meant Peter had to create his fall collection in less than four months but thankfully it was well received by critics.

Now Peter, who formerly worked at Nina Ricci, is looking to the future and branching out into new territory.

"Knowing what I have in front of me and the potential of the brand, that's what I find most exciting," he told British Vogue. "It's a great house and there are lots of opportunities there. It's also opened lots of things up to me and I can explore new areas that I've never been able to touch upon in my career previously."

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