Chloe Savage, the embroiderer who helped create Duchess Kate Middleton and Duchess Meghan Markle‘s wedding dresses, has revealed she’s struggling to make ends meat during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been horrific,” the 43-year-old embroiderer told People. “We’ve had all our work literally dry up.”
“My 14-year-old daughter is skipping meals to save on the food budget. The stress is getting to her and she is self-harming too. So, she’s now going to Child Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to get support,” Chloe continued.
“In January and February, we started seeing a lot of our international contracts getting put on hold,” Chloe added. “Work just disappeared. People like the National Trust very quickly said they would have to postpone our projects because they knew they were going to have a massive hole in their budget.”
“We are now in the position where we have to actually not pay our bills for the first time ever,” she added. “You spend half the time phoning up agencies trying to grovel your way into reducing your bill or putting it on a monthly payment or spreading it over, just so you don’t get hit by the whole thing.”
Chloe also spoke a bit about creating the dresses for the two royals.
“We appliquéd all the lace to her gown and shoes,” Chloe said of Duchess Kate‘s Alexander McQueen wedding gown, adding she also “elasticated [her] blue silk and white lace garter.”
“All of the things that you don’t get to see!” she joked.
“Kate came in a few times. She was lovely. The usual blushing bride,” Chloe continued. “She was excited about the dress, nervous about the day, questioning what we were doing… all that sort of stuff.”
Chloe was also responsible for hand-stitching California poppies, ears of corn, Commonwealth flowers on Duchess Meghan Markle’s veil.
“It gave you snow blindness after an hour-or-so because you were constantly working white on white,” Chloe said. “You start to go a little bit cross-eyed after a while!”
“If and when we change monarchs we will have to make a coronation robe for whoever is next,” she added. “So I will know well in advance who it is going to be.”
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