Jan’s style is perfect for pretty bridal wear especially if you’re looking for something completely unique for your special day. Not only can she make a bespoke wedding dress, she can also customise an existing dress and make all the finishing touches including headwear, shoes, sashes and bags for you and your bridesmaids to make sure the entire wedding party co-ordinates.
Whether you are the bride, mother of the bride (or groom) or a guest at any special occasion, Jan can make you an exquisite embroidered outfit or any of the accessories you might need. She can also adorn existing hats, shoes, bags or other items with her signature style of embroidery.
Jan also makes embroidered jewellery including neck pieces, wristbands and earrings in her unique style incorporating many different embroidery techniques sometimes with vintage finds. Jewellery can also be commissioned to match any existing outfit for any special occasion.
Jan is also involved with different wearable art festivals including Art Couture in Painswick and the World of Wearable Art in New Zealand. As she has also been a wardrobe mistress and her work is still quite theatrical, her designs are perfect for stage and film costume.
Jan’s competitive nature has led her to be successful in many competitions. She has won the Embroidery category in the British Bridal Awards, come 2nd twice in the international Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery as well as being awarded the Swarovski Prize.
Jan has collaborated on many themed photo shoots with talented photographers, models, hair stylists and make-up artists. This has led to an interest in styling for other shoots and curating mixed exhibitions as well as providing vintage tea parties and shoots for their own vintage hen party venue.
Jan Knibbs is a fashion and textile designer specialising in embroidery currently based in the West Country. She creates amazing items of wearable art ranging from jewellery to bridal wear, all adorned with her distinctive signature style of rich hand-worked embroidery, inspired by nature and the changing seasons, incorporating delicate floral designs in appliqué, ribbon embroidery and beadwork, especially Swarovski crystals. Jan often incorporates vintage fabrics, off-cuts and antique lace as well as pieces of vintage costume jewellery into her designs for her label “something old…something new” which means it is also ethical.