Couture et Fleurs: Brimmer’s Custom Décor

Brimmer's Custom Decor - Naples Botanical Garden - Hats in the Garden

Brimmer’s Custom Décor’s runway look featuring more than 4,000 rose petals, English ivy leaves, and white ostrich plumes.

Photo by Charlie McDonald

For the 2014 Hats in the Garden celebration, the Naples Botanical Garden tasked local floral designers to create wearable fashion from botanicals. Here’s what Bud Brimmer of Brimmer’s Custom Décor came up with.


Bud Brimmer | Brimmer’s Custom Decor


The Look: The Elegant Gown included more than 4,000 rose petals and English ivy leaves, and white ostrich plumes.

   The Garden Walk dress was created with more than 400 flowers, including calla lilies, gerbera daises and roses.


Vision: “My vision was to create a variety of styles and colors to be completely different from each other. And keeping the gardens in mind, to incorporate natural materials I found in the garden, as well as fresh flowers and greenery.”


Inspiration: “This might sound a little bit weird, but there were a lot of birds at the [Naples Botanical] Garden the day we toured and I thought, oh, birds and feathers. So I started brainstorming with feathers, and that’s how I came up with the white ostrich plumes on the Elegant Gown.”

Bud Brimmer working on the Elegan Gown

Bud Brimmer working on the Elegant gown backstage.

Challenges and Surprises: “The biggest challenge was deciding what style of accents goes best with the look. And the variety of methods to adhere the flowers to the material, there was a lot of trial and error.”


Favorite Flower Used: Roses … the hot pink, tango and cool water roses

Brimmer's Custom Decor's runway look

This runway look from Brimmer’s Custom Décor featured more than more than 400 flowers.

Photo by Charlie McDonald

a sketch from Brimmer's Custom Decor

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