How Giambattista Valli Created Selby Drummond’s Fantasy Dress for Her Wedding in Anguilla
To begin, the bride visited his atelier and tried on a dress she'd seen at his most recent couture show. From there, he designed a frothy, romantic gown with a silhouette befitting of what he refers to as “her super hero body.”
Released on 6/11/2019
[Selby] Oh my God, it's a beautiful
piece of paper!
I love it!
It's a bag lady, darling.
I mean, it looks amazing, but I--
So I'll do it, or you do it?
Oh, you're, it's like a reveal?
[Giambattista] I do it, or you do it?
[Selby] No, you do it.
I gotta see it.
[Giambattista] One, two, three...
[calm electronic music]
[Selby] My name is Selby Drummond,
and I'm getting married on June 1st.
Steven proposed in August, in Amagansett.
We were hanging out just at our house
in Long Island.
Steven at one point, at about four o'clock,
we were watching TV, and he said he was going
upstairs to put his Invisalign in,
and he came back downstairs and he had this
red little note in his hand, and he shoved
this note at me.
And he just looked at me and he said, I'm leaving
now, I'm sending you on a scavenger hunt,
don't ask any questions, don't call me
unless you really need something.
At that point, to be honest, I realized,
I thought I knew what was going on.
This was more elaborate than anything
he'd ever done, and I had a feeling.
So, I drove myself to Montauk.
At that point, had started sort
of crying and shaking.
I was going like eighty-five miles an hour,
I had the windshield wipers going and it wasn't
raining, I had the side view mirrors tucked
in on the truck, and the back flap of the
pickup truck was like, flapping in the wind.
It was the best proposal I ever could
have imagined, if I had dreamt something
up in my head, it wouldn't have been better.
I've always had this, wondered why
when men propose,
women are just supposed to, all of a sudden, say
yes, I've been waiting, no questions asked,
I don't need to think about it!
And I loved that I had, like, basically an hour
and a half to myself, to really think about
this, to really let it sink in, and think,
no this is what I really want, I've been here
for four years, and I'm really excited.
I got back to the house in Amagansett, there
was actually a rainbow.
And I walked into the backyard, and he
was sitting there, he had flowers, and he took
the ring, and said, wait, I want to do the thing.
And got down on one knee, said something
beautiful, I can't remember what he said, he
can't remember what he said.
It was a lot happening at the moment.
And asked me to marry him!
And I said yes.
[pleasant easy listening music]
[Selby] I'm here in Paris doing my
final wedding dress fitting, with Giambattista Valli.
I've worn his dresses before, I wore one
of his gowns to the Met Gala last year, and
it was the best I've ever felt, and people
told me it was the best I'd ever looked,
and I kind of feel like I knew at that moment
that when I was gonna get married, I would at
least want to ask him.
I didn't know what would happen, but I wanted
to ask if he would at least consider
sharing something with me.
I met Giambattista at a party in Positano,
out at night, and we had an amazing night
and time together, and it feels really
perfect that we, that I'm wearing one of
his dresses to my wedding, because I think
that energy of like, it's about fun, it's about
joy, it's about spontaneity, it's about
having fun in an authentic way, and that's where
I met him, that's where I found him.
We connected in life, I mean, we connected
one day, we connected out of the blue, and
then we never disconnected.
It's funny because I always do what in dresses,
like, in a different way of other people do,
I do what in dresses as a party dress, so I
don't really care about the thing that
it's a wedding dress, I just want to, you know,
it's a happy moment and let's party all together.
A wedding dress there always something
has to be, or there is always something like,
dusty, or something conventional, and I always
broke this idea, because, you know, you can see
all the dresses that I did it, I mean, they're
always like, kind of party dresses.
So we started with a dress from his most recent
couture runway, and we had some conversations
about it, and I came in and tried that dress on,
and we talked about what we would want to fit.
She just came with the pictures from my show,
that she was sitting front row, and she was
saying, I wanted this.
That's it. [chuckles]
And so he sent me a sketch after that, so we
could make sure we were kind of all on the same
page, and I was understanding
what his vision was.
I tried on that original dress and we really
talked through all the details.
We talked about the sleeves, we pinned a little
bit, we pulled out, it was originally short
in the front, so we pulled some spare
lace and draped it in the front, so we could
see what it would be like long.
So it was really working with the other dress
to imagine some ideas and infer what the final
result would be, but this was the first time
I actually put on the dress itself.
Okay, do I step in?
Should I, can I take my clothes off?
[Giambattista] The best, because you know
what, it's not--
I'm like extremely not shy, so I don't care.
So I should go, you just tell
me what to do.
[uplifting electronic music]
But it's beautiful.
I mean, it's insane.
[speaks in Italian]
[Giambattista] I think that my design, they
keep it spontaneous, the movement of a woman,
they keep it spontaneous, the personality
of a woman.
You know, I always do, I always say that I do
fifty percent of the job, fifty percent is
the woman wearing it, interpreting it.
My philosophy, I think it's very important
to be extremely supportive
to a final, real woman.
My one thing about this--
Is that, I liked, I think I sent, but I
liked the original.
[Giambattista] You want it more V?
[Giambattista] Look, I show it to you.
We just put it in case, so--
[Selby] Yeah, oh!
Yeah, I always, everything is, this is the
magic of haute couture.
[Selby] You just take it out?
But the question was just if we have
less ruffles here.
[Giambattista] You want it less here,
Yeah, so let me just see if I can, like, fake it.
[Giambattista] I think not too much.
I think it's nice if you can see, like, the
shape of the waist.
So it's nice to see here, and to see here.
[Giambattista] She has a very, um, superhero body.
I mean, you look at her, she's like a blonde
version of Wonder Woman, like, she's very
tall, so the kind of proportion I put in
the dress, she looks like, a little bit
more human proportion.
That, you know, like, more fragile.
So, it's something that you redesign
around the silhouette.
[Selby] It's beautiful.
[Giambattista] Amazing on the shape and everything.
[Selby] Oh, the back is--
[Giambattista] The back is too much.
[Giambattista] And it's perfection, really.
And the front, look, has to be here, less heavy,
just to give it, like, you know, beautiful
shape of your body, but I think this
is so beautiful.
And remember, the front is extremely important,
but in the weddings, the back is
even more important--
Than the front.
You always remember like, weddings from the back.
I mean, I love to make people happy,
I really, I feel happy.
This is my biggest happiness.
So, there is nothing better to share like happy
moments, for example, the wedding,
or other amazing moments.
You know, I always work around beauty and love
stories, so this is like perfection.
[uplifting funky music]
[Officiator] May your marriage and your home
be filled abundantly with joy, comfort,
friendship, laughter, peace, and love.
And may rejoicing of this day resound throughout
all the days of your life together.
What the bonds of love have joined, let
no one break asunder.
Steven and Selby, you have consented freely to
join together in matrimony.
You have pledged to each other vows, declaring
your commitment before friends and family,
you have affirmed this commitment by the giving
and receiving of rings.
I now pronounce you, husband and wife.