An Interview with the amazing headpiece designer Jannie Baltzer…
Good morning my lovelies, I’m super duper EXCITED to be sharing this fab interview today. Our interviewee is the very gorgeous, lovely and talented Jannie Baltzer!!! Jannie’s the Danish designer behind these beautiful couture headpieces, hold tight, you’re in for a real treat… enjoy!! XxX
Thank you Jannie for agreeing to be interviewed by wantthatwedding, as you know I’m totally obsessed with your gorgeous headpieces and get so excited when I see your new work!! I would love to get to know you a little more as a person as well as a designer…
So here goes…
Did you have any interests growing up, any particular hobbies?
Thank you so much Sonia! I have been a Ballroom dancer for more than 20 years – the last 8 years as a professional dancer travelling the world to perform, compete and teach.
I have lived in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and returned to Copenhagen 10 years ago, when I stopped competing.
Was it always your dream to become a bridal accessories designer?
Being involved with the dancing industry for so many years, I have always had a passion for accessories. So when I took my degree in design at the Scandinavian Academy of International Fashion and Design in Copenhagen, I knew, I wanted to design accessories. I started out as a jewellery designer, but when I got engaged 3 years ago, I wanted to create something unique and special for my wedding, and that was the beginning of Jannie Baltzer :-)
Who inspired you growing up?
My mum! My amazing mum Lis is truly creative and talented, and has always been such a big help to me. When I competed as a dancer, she made all my dresses, and even today she is a huge help to my company.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? How do get motivated for designing your bridal headpieces?
My inspiration comes from talented bridal & fashion photographers – the way they play with shadows, lights and colors. I also love to see old movies from the 1920´s & 1930´s, where the women were so glamorous and chic. Also being Danish – I find so much inspiration from architects, illustrators and designers in Denmark.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I don’t even know where to begin! 2011 have been an amazing year for my brand, and I am truly grateful for all the wonderful press, that I have received. I was so thrilled to see my Ellette headpiece on the cover of Utterly Engaged. Also being featured in ELLE Italia was a dream come true for me (so my husband and I had to celebrate with a big bottle of Champagne :-)
From your collections, do you have a favorite headpiece?
For my 2012 collection, I wanted to work with colors like antique silver, old gold and ivory – almost like an eastern feeling ,but also with a touch of 1920´s Hollywood glamour. My favorite piece is Audrey – a stunning halo made from French lace and covered with the softest mix of Preciosa pearls and crystals.
What types of material and detailing do you use for your collections?.
I love the details of past eras; The French Bohemianism of the early 1900’s, the details of the Art Deco and the glamour of 1920´s Hollywood, and that style is expressed in the luxurious materials such as: French lace, Edwardian Lace, silk and soft chiffon. I only use handmade flowers, and all the bead work is handcrafted with beautiful Preciosa crystals and pearls at my studio in Copenhagen. I love to use interesting pieces of vintage to add whimsy and magic, and to get a unique one of a kind piece.
What type of bride do you think is attracted to Jannie Baltzer headpieces? Please describe her personality and style.
The bride today wants something unique and special, and they are not afraid to stand out. I have many types of brides – all wearing very different wedding dresses – but I think they all share the love for the vintage inspired accessories. I also hope, that they feel the passion and love, that I put into every piece, that I design!
Are there any exciting plans coming up for you Jannie?
In April I will be on the cover of an amazing American Magazine, and I am beaming with excitement. I am also working on a very exciting project in the U.S, but it is still too early to talk about. Oh and I am also starting on my 2013 line (so I am planning on staying busy this year :-)
Personally and professionally, where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I just love what I do, and I truly hope, that Jannie Baltzer will continue to grow. I am very lucky to be working with some beautiful Bridal Boutiques around the world, and I hope, that it will be possible to find Jannie Baltzer accessories in more selected Bridal Boutiques in the next few years.
What makes you happy?
Love, laughter, sunshine and the smell of Spring.
When you’re not busy designing out-of-this-world headpieces, how do you fill your spare time?
Thank you so much for the lovely words! Well – being the owner of a company does not leave you much spare time, and I must admit, that I spend pretty much all my time on my company. My husband is very supportive of me, and I am so grateful to him.
Our lovely brides-to-be would love a guide price for your headpieces, what can they expect to pay?
They are priced from £190 to £280. All my accessories are handmade by myself with love!
Which designers give you inspiration / who do you admire and why?
I am very inspired by photographers like KT Merry, Alicia Swedenborg, Sandra Aaberg , Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina, who create this wonderful light and dreamy feeling. Jill La Fleur is another amazing Wedding Planner from California, that I really admire. She has this beautiful eye for soft and beautiful details.
I also adore bridal designers like Elie Saab and Jenny Packham – who both design ah-mahz-ing dresses.
And finally, do you have any advice for future brides-to-be on accessorizing their wedding dress and big day?
I think it’s important that you look like you on your wedding day – not too much makeup – that being said you still want to look stunning. So if you wear a very detailed dress, you might want to choose a more simple but elegant headpiece. But if your dress is more simple, I would choose a more dramatic headpiece, that would spice up the look!
Jannie your headpieces are truly mesmerising, thank you soooo much for making Want That Wedding look absolutely sensational today!! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you a little better too.
Why not leave Jannie some blog love by telling her how much you adore her collection too!
p.s This post makes me want to get married again and again and again….
Lots of Love
and remember… keep wanting!!