Chantal Mallett Couture

Clothing Designer Female Luton, England, United Kingdom My MM URL:
Mayhem # 1300900

About Me

ABOUT THE LABEL: Chantal Mallett is one of the UK's leading designers & has been creating one-off wedding gowns for clients since 1996. Since the brand’s inception, corsetry, colour & 'alternative', individual & unique designs have been the Chantal Mallett signature. Working one to one with clients, Chantal creates all the Couture gowns & accessories herself, always delivering outstanding quality & excellent service. This small brand has led the way in making colour & corsetry fashionable in a part of the market that, unlike high street fashion, is slow to embrace new trends.


TFP / Collaborations: Sadly I have had more bad TFP experiences than good & hopefully spelling out exactly what I'm here for, who I want to work with & what I won't entertain will sort the wheat from the shaft: My work is very high end couture with gowns averaging £5000, so I am looking to collaborate with *agency standard models, photographers, MUA's & hair stylists that 'fit' me & my brand - people who are the best at what they do & produce high end, high fashion, quality images. STYLING: I can & often do style my own work for shoots as I also make a lot of very cool & unique accessories. I can & have done HAIR (Aurellia & Lady Hawk) & am pretty good at make-up too. I did everything but model & take the photos for years on my shoots Smile


THIS IS ME: I am a perfectionist, I like working with perfectionists who have high standards & appreciate my work. As a rule, I accompany my work & I do like to feel I can step in & tweak wardrobe or suggest poses as I feel necessary (after all on TFP I am there working towards creating images I will want). I am congenial to collaborate with, work hard on set, will often do a fair bit of prep before hand & if everyone on set are professional & treat everyone else on set with professionalism & respect, we will all get on famously. I have been at shoots where this is definitely not the case & am particularly intolerant of ego’s & rudeness. If you are looking for wardrobe you can just do what you want with & you don’t want the designer’s input, please contact someone else. I have an image & I am very protective of it, so am not interested in loaning my work out to any old shoot; the project has to be right. Whether it is something that could deliver images that I can use to promote my work (the right images for advertising to my market) or something more avant garde or frivolous.I am also not interested in loaning to shoots where stylists intend to accessorise my work with other designer’s pieces unless I have agreed to it before hand.


SHOOTS I AM INTERESTED IN: High Fashion, couture quality, avant guard, romantic, period, wedding, themed. Great locations: opulent, quirky, historic, cool. Great teams. *Shoots that pose no threat of damage to my garments. **I may consider making garments which can go in to 'unsuitable for silk couture' situations, if a project appeals to my vanity & there's a team in place that I feel offers a reasonable rate of achieving highly successful images with. In those cases I generally will require travel expenses & a contribution towards materials. PET PEEVES: Name dropping, rude behaviour, disrespect, BS, un-professional behaviour, having my name 'name dropped' to secure working with others even though the creative knows I'd crawl over broken glass before recommending anyone work with them after my bad experience. Creatives not crediting me when I make sure I credit everyone else & not getting credits in publications when everyone else & their mother has one!


MODELS: My newest pieces are size 8 (UK) & as they are corsets, need at least a B cup & you need to be at least 5'7". I am only willing to work with great looking, versatile, agency standard girls. I’m currently looking for a Marie Antoinette.


SHOOTS I AM NOT INTERESTED IN: I am not interested in shoots that pose any risk to damaging or dirtying my samples. These are working couture samples from which I take commissions & understandably I do not take seriously or often bother replying to requests for other people's projects that put my garments at any risk of getting damaged. These include dusty, smokey or smelly environments, derelict buildings, working with animals & if we're working outside the ground needs to be dry. People may not realise silk watermarks & dry cleaning often does not get out stains & that these garments are made in expensive materials & take hundreds of hours to make. As an example: a model contacted me recently for a vanity project involving her on a horse in a field & responded to my pointing out the risks to my garments like so: "You are acting like you are such a higher person than anybody else. Wake up call, you are not!" "I'm not even going to waste my time with you, can't believe I even asked in the first place, but I guess I was lucky in a way since now I can see that you are deffenitly not a person I would like to work with. No matter how much ridicilous money you spend on your pretty little garments...". She also lectured me about how I should take risks! So if you are a creative that doesn't respect the garments you are borrowing or you have want to play dress up, have a vanity project & a sucky attitude & a penchant for responding with the kind of rubbish spouted at me above, please do not make contact. I am not on networking sites like this for people & projects that do not fit my brand. I have nearly 20 years experience & have paid my dues & the only charity Im interested in is working for is real charities not charity cases.


VANITY PROJECTS with teams that don't fit my brand - there are some teams that clearly do not have

an impressive body of work between them & are working at a certain level. If I were to compare their portfolios to clothing, they'd be market - high street. I understand everyone has to start somewhere & that practice make perfect & people need to challenge themselves & there are youngsters turning out very good quality work who I would definitely work with & equally older creatives that have peaked at a certain level. My work is couture, high fashion so it doesn't matter how 'out there' or amazing a project sounds, if the team is not designer or couture equivalent in their own fields (regardless of experience level), let's face it everyone else might get shots of couture garments that will raise their profiles & make it easier to get more designers to work with them in the future but I am not going to get great shots & all I will be doing is being used, indulging everyone else & getting nothing from it. I have been there & have a wardrobe of T shirts.


PUBLICATION & USAGE: I am getting a little jaded with the concept of potential publication being attached to proposals as a lure to getting me on board. Over the years my work has been shot by national magazines so the excitement of seeing my work in print has waned. To me 'publication' can mean I'm having to sit on images for months on end after a shoot, which I can't use until they are published & in all honesty, whilst publication may raise the profile of the tog, stylist, MUA (whatever the title or it's obscurity) unless the title is targeted at the bridal market & right demographic it isn't going to be of use to me. It doesn't mean I'm not interested but it isn't likely to hook me to an otherwise useless project. USAGE: I network with creatives & do shoots for images & I need to be able to use those images, should we get great shots, for social networking, my website & trying to get them used editorially on blogs, in online magazines & in magazines, books on bridal fashion, etc. Whatever comes up. If the photographer only wishes me to have limited usage, then a shoot no matter how good will be useless to me. I'm totally ok with discussing with the photographer & gaining permission on a case per case basis on the proviso that they agree in principle to my having use of these images for these kind of uses (on the understanding I always request credits & I am not getting paid of course).


As of 9/3/2014. All TFP / TFCD shoots I do participate in will require photographers & stylists/organisers (if relevant) to sign my wardrobe release, due to previous bad experiences.


Thankyou for reading - if you think I'm a good fit for you & your team is a good fit for my brand, please get in touch x


Chantal Mallett can be found with this profile name on Twitter, Model Mayhem, Pinterest Facebook: Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture Website: 18thcenturycorsets .com


To fellow designers: if I am name dropped in order to secure your loan of garments to a shoot & the creative is not credited in my port, please double check with me.


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