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The Perfect Little Pink Dress

For those of you who were around the Toronto fashion scene in the early to mid 2000’s, you would have been familiar with a fun, colourful and girlie clothing line called Wonderlust Clothing by Hannah Tikkanen.

I first met Hannah in 2003 when I was the program and communications coordinator at the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) at the time and Hannah came in for a tour of the resident studios when the TFI was still at Queen and Dovercourt. (That was during the pre-Drake days of Queen Street West.)

I was instantly drawn to her positive attitude, her ability to always be smiling and her sense of good girlie fun. She soon moved in to the TFI and was a finalist of the TFI New Labels competition. She is now one of my dearest friends and I’ve miss her so much since she moved out west to Vancouver a few years ago.

Now she’s doing what most people who know her would say is “so Hannah”; stylish party dresses for weddings, proms and special occasions with her aptly named company, The Little Pink Dress.

Each dress is custom designed and constructed for her clients in her atelier in Vancouver where she serves cupcakes and champagne during fittings and consultations.

Hannah Tikkanen Melville

“What I love about what I do is that I get to be a part of these incredible moments in people’s lives, and get to help realize their dream dress fantasy. The fact that fittings are always a party, and we all have fun is the icing on the cake!” says Hannah on her recently revamped website.

Hannah designs her dresses and head pieces through a close relationship with each client, incorporating beading, embroidery, Shibori fabric dying, silk painting, silk screening, vintage fabrics and trims, and even existing heirloom pieces. She makes every dress in Vancouver and uses eco-fabrics and trims as much as possible. Her Giving Back program promotes local and national charities, including The Cinderella Project and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • Bridesmaid, grad and party dresses start at $600.00
  • Bridal dresses start at $1500.00
  • Girls’ dresses start at $300.00

If you’re in the Vancouver area and would like more information about having a custom dress made, contact Hannah directly at 604.616.6848 or visit www.littlepinkdress.ca.

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About Gail McInnes (296 Articles)
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Gail McInnes has made an indelible mark on the Canadian fashion and entertainment scenes; managing and guiding the careers of some of the country's most notable talents, including Lucian Matis, Hilary MacMillan, Stephen Amell (CW's Arrow), Natalie Brown (The Strain), Brad Goreski (E! Fashion Police), and more. Visit gailmcinnes.com for more information or email gailmcinnes@gmail.com.

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