Hello, I’m Caroline!

I’m an experienced wedding and evening dress designer and I work with modern women who want to rock their day in their own unique way, with a dress that perfectly reflects their personality and accentuates their individual style.

I specialise in a wide range of styles, from long flowing, romantic gowns; beach, boho or rustic looks; cutesy short, vintage-style 50s dresses; all the way through to more quirky, alternative designs, as well as the classic, traditional, bridal wear silhouettes.

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All of my luxury gowns are individually designed, made-to-measure and hand-crafted by me in my boutique studio in Heath and Reach, a leafy village in Bedfordshire, which is easily accessible from the Leighton Buzzard, Woburn and Milton Keynes areas.

Hello, I’m Caroline!

I’m an experienced wedding and evening dress designer and I work with modern women who want to rock their day in their own unique way, with a dress that perfectly reflects their personality and accentuates their individual style.

I specialise in a wide range of styles, from long flowing, romantic gowns; beach, boho or rustic looks; cutesy short, vintage-style 50s dresses; all the way through to more quirky, alternative designs, as well as the classic, traditional, bridal wear silhouettes.

All of my luxury gowns are individually designed, made-to-measure and hand-crafted by me in my boutique studio in Heath and Reach, a leafy village in Bedfordshire, which is easily accessible from the Leighton Buzzard, Woburn and Milton Keynes areas.

My designing background

My passion for dress designing began when I was about 13 years old. Having nurtured this interest throughout my teens, I studied a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion at the University of Westminster and additional courses at London College of Fashion, most notably in Bridalwear, Corsetry and Draping.

My fashion career began at Bella Freud, Abe Hamilton and Vivienne Westwood, dressing the Supermodels at her London and Paris shows, until I was offered a design room role at the evening wear brand Frank Usher.

From there I progressed through the ranks and by the time I left, I had designed several evening dresses for the Frank Usher label and learnt many valuable high-end evening wear techniques.   I also worked as a creative pattern-cutter for well-known high-street brands where I experienced the joy of bringing original design concepts to life.

My designing background

My passion for dress designing began when I was about 13 years old. Having nurtured this interest throughout my teens, I studied a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion at the University of Westminster and additional courses at London College of Fashion, most notably in Bridalwear, Corsetry and Draping.

My fashion career began at Bella Freud, Abe Hamilton and Vivienne Westwood, dressing the Supermodels at her London and Paris shows, until I was offered a design room role at the evening wear brand Frank Usher.

From there I progressed through the ranks and by the time I left, I had designed several evening dresses for the Frank Usher label and learnt many valuable high-end evening wear techniques.   I also worked as a creative pattern-cutter for well-known high-street brands where I experienced the joy of bringing original design concepts to life.

How I discovered my passion for bridal wear

When the time came to plan my own wedding, I struggled to find the right dress and hated the traipsing about and conveyor belt approach to wedding dress shopping that was common at the time. I therefore decided to make my own bridal gown, based on styles that accentuated my best features, hid my worst ones and still suited the overall look of my wedding.

I thoroughly enjoyed this process and decided that bridal and evening wear was my passion.

In 2000, I started my dress-designing business in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London. I moved to Heath and Reach in Bedfordshire in 2004 and continued running my business. It seemed that people in my new locality were particularly keen on encouraging and supporting local businesses and understood the value of individually handcrafted items. My business flourished, with many word-of-mouth referrals.

What makes me different?

When you choose me to create your special gown, you’ll receive a completely personalised and relaxed service. There are no middle men or factories involved – I undertake every part of the design myself and make every effort to get to know you and understand your requirements and concerns. All of my designs are made-to-order and I strive to source the most unusual eye-catching fabrics and embellishments, meaning your dress is guaranteed to be unlike any other.

 

What makes me different?

When you choose me to create your special gown, you’ll receive a completely personalised and relaxed service. There are no middle men or factories involved – I undertake every part of the design myself and make every effort to get to know you and understand your requirements and concerns. All of my designs are made-to-order and I strive to source the most unusual eye-catching fabrics and embellishments, meaning your dress is guaranteed to be unlike any other.

 

Specific requests are always welcomed; perhaps you have some lace or a particular feature from a relative’s dress that you’d like to be incorporated. This is where my creativity comes into its own. It’s these individual touches and attention to detail that will make your dream dress a reality – a dress that’s been exclusively designed just for you.

Let’s chat!

 

Contact me to make your dream dress a reality. 

Find out more about me.

Tel: 01525 234111

  • W E D D I N G F A I R!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm so excited to be doing the Silverlinings
  • A close-up of my most recent work. This delicate little bustier consists of layers of different lace to give interest
  • I know it's not Thursday, so I'm doing Throwback Monday and I'll make that a thing. This is beautiful Rosi
  • It's my birthday! Yes I'm older, but all things considered, I'm fit and healthy, as are my family and I
  • Listen to me gabble on about compiling a portfolio for an upcoming  #wedding  fair! . . . . .  #chicheleyhall 
  • I'm thrilled when a client asks for something non traditional to get married in! I love that she's confident enough
  • When is a good time to order your wedding dress? As soon as you've booked your venue! The venue provides
  • I love a fierce accent colour to upset the apple cart! Intending to rework this in a different way. There
  • Throwback Thursday! My gorgeous bride from a few years ago, wearing a pure, crisp white silk trumpet gown with textured
  • Had a sketching evening the other day, whilst deciding on the best skirt for this little bustier. My brides love
  • It's Monday!​​​​​​​​ I get to play with pretty things all week and make some lovely dresses.​​​​​​​​ This playing is where
  • Gorgeous Jo in the vintage style wedding dress. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ It doesn't have to be a full-length gown, if you
  • Given how dotty I am about textures, I made heroic attempts to keep this gown's surface embellishment to a minimum.
  • I've always loved sketching out my ideas. One flows to another.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While my bride is telling me all about
  • I'm packing loads of lovely things for my wedding dress stand at  @chicheley_hall  tomorrow! I am so keen to hear
  • Mission accomplished! It's so heart-warming to get feedback like this from brides, because most wedding suppliers do get to see
  • Reposted from  @primevioletevents  HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY To every BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL woman out there who is absolutely crushing it,
  • My new blog post is live at www.carolineversallion.com!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm new to blog writing, but I feel it's something that
  • Thursday Tip! Before you are measured by your couturier, it really helps to identify and buy a well-fitting under-wired bra
  • What a whirlwind journey this was, and what a luxurious gown to create! My alternative bride chose regal jewel tones
  • Listen to me gabble on about compiling a portfolio for an upcoming  #wedding  fair! . . . . .  #chicheleyhall 
  • Thursday Tip! Before you are measured by your couturier, it really helps to identify and buy a well-fitting under-wired bra
  • A close-up of my most recent work. This delicate little bustier consists of layers of different lace to give interest
  • Mission accomplished! It's so heart-warming to get feedback like this from brides, because most wedding suppliers do get to see
  • I love a fierce accent colour to upset the apple cart! Intending to rework this in a different way. There
  • I'm packing loads of lovely things for my wedding dress stand at  @chicheley_hall  tomorrow! I am so keen to hear
  • Reposted from  @primevioletevents  HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY To every BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL woman out there who is absolutely crushing it,
  • My new blog post is live at www.carolineversallion.com!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm new to blog writing, but I feel it's something that
  • It's Monday!​​​​​​​​ I get to play with pretty things all week and make some lovely dresses.​​​​​​​​ This playing is where
  • I've always loved sketching out my ideas. One flows to another.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While my bride is telling me all about
  • When is a good time to order your wedding dress? As soon as you've booked your venue! The venue provides
  • Throwback Thursday! My gorgeous bride from a few years ago, wearing a pure, crisp white silk trumpet gown with textured
  • I'm thrilled when a client asks for something non traditional to get married in! I love that she's confident enough
  • W E D D I N G F A I R!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm so excited to be doing the Silverlinings
  • Gorgeous Jo in the vintage style wedding dress. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ It doesn't have to be a full-length gown, if you
  • Had a sketching evening the other day, whilst deciding on the best skirt for this little bustier. My brides love
  • It's my birthday! Yes I'm older, but all things considered, I'm fit and healthy, as are my family and I
  • I know it's not Thursday, so I'm doing Throwback Monday and I'll make that a thing. This is beautiful Rosi
  • Given how dotty I am about textures, I made heroic attempts to keep this gown's surface embellishment to a minimum.
  • What a whirlwind journey this was, and what a luxurious gown to create! My alternative bride chose regal jewel tones
  • It's my birthday! Yes I'm older, but all things considered, I'm fit and healthy, as are my family and I
  • I love a fierce accent colour to upset the apple cart! Intending to rework this in a different way. There
  • It's Monday!​​​​​​​​ I get to play with pretty things all week and make some lovely dresses.​​​​​​​​ This playing is where
  • When is a good time to order your wedding dress? As soon as you've booked your venue! The venue provides
  • A close-up of my most recent work. This delicate little bustier consists of layers of different lace to give interest
  • W E D D I N G F A I R!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm so excited to be doing the Silverlinings
  • Given how dotty I am about textures, I made heroic attempts to keep this gown's surface embellishment to a minimum.
  • Listen to me gabble on about compiling a portfolio for an upcoming  #wedding  fair! . . . . .  #chicheleyhall 
  • Gorgeous Jo in the vintage style wedding dress. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ It doesn't have to be a full-length gown, if you
  • Mission accomplished! It's so heart-warming to get feedback like this from brides, because most wedding suppliers do get to see
  • Throwback Thursday! My gorgeous bride from a few years ago, wearing a pure, crisp white silk trumpet gown with textured
  • Reposted from  @primevioletevents  HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY To every BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL woman out there who is absolutely crushing it,
  • What a whirlwind journey this was, and what a luxurious gown to create! My alternative bride chose regal jewel tones
  • I'm thrilled when a client asks for something non traditional to get married in! I love that she's confident enough
  • I've always loved sketching out my ideas. One flows to another.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While my bride is telling me all about
  • I'm packing loads of lovely things for my wedding dress stand at  @chicheley_hall  tomorrow! I am so keen to hear
  • Had a sketching evening the other day, whilst deciding on the best skirt for this little bustier. My brides love
  • My new blog post is live at www.carolineversallion.com!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'm new to blog writing, but I feel it's something that
  • I know it's not Thursday, so I'm doing Throwback Monday and I'll make that a thing. This is beautiful Rosi
  • Thursday Tip! Before you are measured by your couturier, it really helps to identify and buy a well-fitting under-wired bra