Artist’s colourful airbrushed wedding gown goes viral, ultimately creating a new trend

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  • Taylor Ann Linko is an artist whose self-painted fire wedding gown caught the attention of many brides.
  • The 28-year-old started with painting her own wedding gown, transforming it from a standard white wedding gown to one with more personality just months before she walked down the aisle. 
  • Although the artist’s career has found some success, she admits she still has a lot of work to do and continues to face challenges.

Oh, the colours of love.

When it comes to wedding gown designs, we’ve had a fair share of drastic ones, from Princess Diana’s oversized puffy sleeves to brides walking down the aisle with barely anything in nude wedding gowns.

We imagined the traditional white wedding gown would eventually die out, but never did we imagine a dress with not one colour but many colours would take up its space for some brides.

One of the rules to keeping wedding gowns intact is never to paint on them, but one artistic bride took the greatest risk any bride could imagine. Meet the 28-year-old Taylor Ann Linko whose self-painted fire wedding gown captured the eyes (and hearts) of many brides with this new inspiring trend. 

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Taylor has always aspired to be an artist from a young age; however, as any other creative will attest, this is a hard industry to get a big break.

But when she transformed her favourite wedding gown, from a standard white wedding gown to one with more personality, months before she walked down the aisle she went viral.

The transformation process proved not to be an easy one as it took her almost a week to commit her colours and the airbrushing technique. Her big day came, and the dress caused gasps from all the wedding attendees; and a few months later, brides on social media caught up on the trend and started spamming her DMs.

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“The art of painting wedding dresses started when my dress went viral. I have always been a very colourful artist. So I got to experimenting and brainstorming how to incorporate my passion for art and colour into my wedding,” Taylor told Bored Panda.

Not only did the San Diego-based artist customise her wedding gown by creating an assortment of colours at the bottom of her dress, but she also matched the dress to the colours of her hair and bouquet. Due to the high demand for this trend, Taylor rented a studio down the street and turned it into a boutique with upcycled wedding gowns.

“Turns out I was not the only one looking for something like that given the popularity of my wedding dress over the past four years,” she told Metro UK.

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At the beginning of her business, Taylor customised dresses sent in by brides for her to colour; however, she began upcycling gowns to sell on her online shop called Canvas Bridal as time went.

“There were a lot of problems I encountered doing custom, and changing the format let me solve all of them while allowing me to work faster and more creatively,” she adds.

The name of her shop fits as she says; wedding gowns are her canvases.

If you are an upcoming bride who wants to get your hands on this trendy dress, you might like to know that your gown will look nothing like anyone else’s, as there is only one of each dress available.

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Taylor has faced many challenges throughout her life, including living with disabilities.

“For a kid like me, struggling with learning disabilities, struggling to read or write, Art was the little light flickering at the end of the tunnel.”

Although the artist’s career has since taken off, she admits she still has a lot of work to do, she tells Made in Shore Ditch.

“This business has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced. The stress is more than one can bear, but I’m not alone,” she concludes.

Would you try this wedding gown trend? Tell us here

Sources: Bored Panda, Metro UK, Made in Shore Ditch

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