Following an epiphany which struck whilst on a depressingly uninspiring shopping trip to help find wedding dresses for her sister, Hayley made her dreams a reality and opened the boutique in York in March 2012. Taking the name 'Glory Days' from the Pulp song she herself walked down the aisle to on her wedding day, she set out with a wish to offer an alternative choice of dress for the off-the-beaten-track bride.
Combining a love of true original vintage pieces and exact period replicas, along with a taste for the unusual and alternative, the aim of Glory Days is to provide wedding dresses for women who are looking for something different to the high street. From edgy rock and roll chic to classic Hollywood elegance, Glory Days aspires to be the antidote to all the boring bridal shops full of the same strapless dresses covered in bling. With a focus on more organic silhouettes and the belief that bridal gowns can be both glamorous AND comfortable, we create dresses than work effortlessly with the natural figure of each individual bride. We want our brides to walk down the aisle showing their personalities, loving their dress as much as their lover and looking sexy and cool as hell.
We love what we do, and to be able to help celebrate your love and the marriage of two souls is an honour and a joy. At the end of the day, Glory Days stands for love, and love alone.
Glory Days was founded by Hayley Claire Neil - dressmaker, costume designer and vintage devotee. Having developed a passion for fashion history and design at an early age, Hayley designed, sewed, sketched and embroidered her way through school, gained a degree in costume design at the Edinburgh College of Art and went on to work as a freelance costume designer, maker, and assistant in the enchanting realms of theatre and film.
Gaining experience with respected companies such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Trafalgar Studios, Channel 4, Warp Films, and the BBC, Hayley has been lucky enough to have worked on productions like Othello (starring Lenny Henry), the 2009 Pussycat Dolls tour, This Is England '86, and Bifa, Bafta, and Oscar winning films Kill List, Tyrannosaur, and The Kings Speech. Hayley also supervised the costumes for a Jake Bugg music video directed by Shane Meadows in 2012, before devoting herself full time to the Glory Days vision.
Hayley can usually be found poring over old costume history books, collecting myriad inspiration images and dreaming up new designs, or sitting at the sewing machine or drafting table creating new dresses. Otherwise you might come across her dancing in festival fields or walking in the Yorkshire moors, hunting through antique shops or having a pint in the pub with friends. A Yorkshire girl born and bred, Hayley is proud to base her design and construction right here in England.