Meet Tara Lynn
“Tara Lynn is the best business woman, a genuine artist that lives by her principles and it all comes together in her work. “
-Julia Shipley, VT freelance journalist
Every Gown Has a Story…
In the mountains of Vermont, surrounded by a lifelong collection of colorful vintage fabrics, lace, beads, buttons and trim, designer Tara Lynn works by hand and on vintage sewing machines to create one-of-a-kind wedding gowns from natural, organic and re-purposed fibers—gowns that are custom made for clients throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Tara Lynn’s gowns are inspired by her love of nature and her research in flora and fauna; but every gown is unique and has its own story.
And So Does Tara Lynn…
Tara Lynn’s creativity surfaced early, in the clothes she designed as a child. While still in high school, she enrolled in fashion classes and worked for a number of New York City designers including Karen Smith Design, Montgomery Harris and Toshiki and Maryszka Couturier.
After high school, Tara Lynn earned a BA at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she became increasingly concerned about the “dark side” of fashion—sweat shops, toxic chemicals and harmful, heavy metals in dyes.
This experience inspired Tara Lynn to launch her own clothing company using natural fibers including organic cotton, linen, hemp blends and organic silks. She sold her first ready made garments at HempInstead in Hell’s Kitchen, NY where she started making custom natural fiber clothing and hemp wedding dresses in 1999. In 2005 she launched a collection of wearable art jackets dedicated to endangered species; the butterfly jacket, elephant jacket and frog coat and her hooded Earth Bitch Jackets were popular sellers at jurried art shows on both the east and west coast.
In 2008, Tara Lynn began creating an in-house collection of wedding dress samples, using components of custom designed dresses she made for brides that were most often loved by new clients. On of which was the Farfalla dress, Tara Lynn custom made for her own wedding in 2001, and has since sold numerous one-of-a-kind spin offs. She launched her web store taralynnbridal.com in 2012.
She is currently working on a new dress collection inspired by the history and life of Unicorns. Tara Lynn does not wholesale her dresses. Each gown is custom made and made-to-order to ensure an amazing experience with genuine customer service. Tara Lynn gets to know her clients personally before designing them a dress that will capture their spirit.
Image upper, upper, right taken by Juhea Kim at Wed Altered Bridal Show in NYC
Image just above, on right taken by Bob LoCicero at the Vermont Road Pitch 2016
From “Ms. Eco-friendly” to Miss America…
to Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Known as an Eco-fashion Designer, Tara Lynn’s work has appeared at a number of shows around the country from New York to San Francisco, Canada and Europe.
Tara Lynn designed the eco-friendly evening gown worn by Ashley Wheeler, Miss Vermont, during the Miss America pageant. She was featured in People magazine for the hemp wedding gown she made for American Idol singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox. In 2009, Tara Lynn was honored as the Vermont SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Tara Lynn Bridal has been featured in Brides Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, Sweet Violet Bride, Rustic Wedding Chic, Vermont Bride Magazine and more…
Photo Credit: Below two images taken by Stephen Mease Photography at the Strut Fashion Show in Burlington, Vermont
Aside from making wedding dresses, Tara Lynn also makes natural fiber wearable art jackets dedicated to endangered species. She teaches fashion design classes and worked with Umbrella, a local non profit, helping victims of domestic and sexual violence. After eight years she retired from advocacy and began a fashion show event dedicated to raising money for Umbrella. She did that for three years. Today she is fully focused on her couture fashion, art, finishing building her house, and spending quality time with her husband and smiling dog, Nash.
Tara Lynn and her husband Evan moved from Long Island, NY to Sutton, Vermont in 2001. It was an extreme change, from convenience, to survival. A truly valuable life experience as they moved into a small log cabin and began building their dream home. They started with building the garage where Tara Lynn set up shop on the second floor.
When clients began coming to Vermont, for custom wedding dresses from all over the US and Canada, Tara Lynn grew out of the shop above the garage. She needed a beautiful space for fittings as well as a larger cutting table. That is when they built her dream studio.
Today she has a 1000’sq foot studio flooded with natural light, a 4 yard long cutting table, 12 versatile sewing machines, a beautiful fitting area, private bath room for clients and beautiful woodland views. When clients come for fittings they spend their free time vacationing in Vermont or just hanging out in the yard swimming in the river or hiking the trails thought-out the property.
There was a time when Tara Lynn was living in NYC and dreaming of moving to Vermont to start her natural fiber clothing company… today she is living her dream and at the same time may be designing your dream.