wedding dress dressmaker

Custom Couture

Bespoke wedding dresses and perfect prom gowns, designed and made to measure


I specialise in creating the perfect dress (or 'not dress' - see my creations for rock 'n' roll brides here). Perfect for the moment, the day, the look, the style, the message, the aesthetic, the occasion, the fit... essentially, perfect for you. There has never been and never will be anything in the world quite like it.
 
A major part of my consultation process is getting to know YOU (and you'll get to know a fair bit about me too). Over tea, we'll pin down everything that makes you feel fabulous (and rule out everything that ever dared waver from that). We'll pore over fabrics, embellishments and couture details and play with toiles, patterns and pins until we're ready to put needle to thread on your final garment.

My couture service includes all consultations, sketches, design iterations, toiles, fittings, final garment and any alterations at my atelier in Farnborough with all the tea and biscuits we can get through. Fabric and notions are simply added at cost.

Can't make it to me? Please enquire about my travel and location service, charged by day and with travel expenses at cost.

It doesn't matter where you are on your journey to finding your dress. Some brides and prom queens come to me with a full design ready to have made, while others have mood boards or a few ideas based on something they've seen, imagined or tried on. Some simply feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start so we find inspiration from scratch. The process usually requires at least a month but there can be some flexibility. 

Take a look through some of my results below.

I'm always happy to talk over ideas (and drink tea) so drop me a line to book a consultation.

prom dress dressmaker

Beautiful Ellie in her sparkling prom dress, custom designed and made to measure just for her. The sheer, boned bodice with hand-beaded lace collected layers of sequinned tulle, the softest linings, slinkiest jersey and lashings more lace to create a dramtic, swishy mermaid silhouette.

wedding dress in colour

I created this floaty, heavily embroidered chiffon dream of a dress for a bride planning a woodland wedding. Originally intended to be silk, we switched to synthetic fibres when the bride became vegan during the consultation process.

prom dress dressmaker hampshire surrey berkshire london

Tess had fallen in love with a heavily beaded, silver, off-the-peg gown for her prom but wasn't keen on its plunging waist-deep neckline. It would have been too short for her anyway, and she would have prefered it a darker shade. I designed this low-back pewter prom dress with Tess and her mum (there was a bit of negotiation on how high the thigh splits would go), made it to measure and stitched on each bead encrusting the bodice by hand.

Dior inspired wedding dress cowl back

A vintage Dior cocktail dress at the V&A Museum was the inspiration for this scoop-back wedding dress. Created for an-ultra-modern bride with traditional haute-couture at heart. It also satisfied a wish for minimalist style while still including statement features in the draped back and intricate hand-beading on the just-visible lace.

alternative Collectif Pearl coat inspired purple coat and cape

Kate had devoted her life to looking after others and decided it was finally time to treat herself. This 'Queen of Purpleosity' had seen one of my couture coats and wanted to create one with her own stamp. Using the finest wool, luxe faux fur, brocade, marcarsite clasps and yards of faceted purple stones, we created the Katest coat and matching cape that ever there was.

purple wedding dress beading and embroidery

In addition to wedding dresses, I also custom-make accessories, such as this floaty purple chiffon bolero for a bride who loved her strapless dress (especially after I'd added purple beading and embroidery) but wanted to cover her shoulders and the tops of her arms. I made sure it wouldn't hide any of the painstaking beaded detail and just did the job asked of it.