LLG in London: The Olivier Awards with MasterCard 2012 (& a Suzannah dress)

by Sasha Wilkins on April 12, 2012 · 11 comments


I’m thrilled that MasterCard have invited me to be their guest at The Olivier Awards with MasterCard on Sunday at the Royal Opera House: they are the equivalent of the Tonys in the UK, the most prestigious theatre awards for the most talented performers, producers, directors and  creatives in the industry, attracting the cream of our theatre talent.

Hosted by Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball, with nominees including Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch,  Kristin Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie & James Corden it’s going to be an extraordinary evening and, frankly, excited isn’t the word. I’m going to be Tweeting away on behalf of MasterCard on the Libertylondongirl Twitter feed, as well as posting photos on the Instagram feed, so do be sure to follow for all the action!

But what to wear? Of course there is a glamorous red carpet, but the Oliviers tend to be more cocktail dress than full length formal, so I started looked for a suitable frock to wear to the awards ceremony.

Earlier this week I had an appointment at Suzannah in Maida Vale, the eponymous boutique of Suzannah, which stocks her beautiful vintage inspired couture, from floor length formal gowns to silk tea dresses.

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She has glorious bridal wear, cocktail frocks, & day dresses.  Many of the dress fabrics are bespoke to Suzannah, and most of them are Italian. Her prints are all developed in house, using vintage fabrics as a base, and then digitally printed. Nearly everything is made in London, and she provides both a made to measure and a bespoke service, so she can offer different solutions to the pieces in her collection: a specific garment length, a simple sleeve added or removed, a bespoke wrap to match, a swatch service with other colour ideas or maybe a print variation for many of the looks.

I don’t generally do celebrity mentions on the blog, but I can tell you that she was one of the designers rumoured to be making the Royal Wedding dress, and has clients whose surname begins with M.

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I’ve loved her dresses since I first wrote about them on the blog way back in 2007 , and again I see in 2009,  so I was thrilled when Suzannah agreed to work with me on my dress for the The Olivier Awards ceremony.

Here’s the thing: can you guess which one we decided upon?

Suzannah also stocks bags and hats from small British labels that complement her designs, so I am carrying a Wilbur & Gussie clutch with the dress.  Now I just have to decide which of my shoes to wear, after I’ve been for my final fitting tomorrow afternoon at the boutique.

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The Olivier Awards is part of MasterCard’s Priceless London programme, which offers all MasterCard cardholders that register on pricelesslondon.co.uk exclusive experiences and privileged access to the very best of the capital’s music, theatres, museums, restaurants, retail, sport and attractions.


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