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BESPOKE

Explore our range of seasonal BESPOKE wedding gowns that are forward thinking and innovative, designed to make you stand out against the crowd on your wedding day.

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The BESPOKE collection speaks to the heritage of our brand and is what we do best. This innovative collection is presented in two ways.

 

First, we have our seasonal highlight wedding gown pieces that we add to every year as a new collection, which you will see on this page.

 

Second, we have our Design Your Gown collection, which is a series of bodices and skirt that are designed specifically to mix and match interchangeably, creating numerous different options that you can choose from to build your dream wedding dress.

 

Simply choose the tab ‘Design Your Gown’ and use our interactive tool to pick a bodice and a skirt to create the ultimate bridal look that is individual to you or get inspired by combinations we know look incredible together.

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Aisha

$5490

Audrey

$5990

Esther

$5490

Grace

$3990

Grace Mini

$3490

Penelope

$5490

Scarlett

$7990

Francesca

Jessamine

BESPOKE


The BESPOKE collection by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is a luxury line of wedding dresses, handmade in our very own Sydney workroom. This collection is designed so that you can create your own gown and customise your look for your day. Within this collection are stunningly unique gowns that range from fit and flare shapes with plunging necklines, to strapless beaded ballgowns and everything in-between.

The best part? If you find yourself loving the bodice on one dress and the skirt on another, you have the ability to pick the perfect combination that suits your vision for your wedding dress. All of our BESPOKE wedding gowns are designed specifically to mix and match interchangeably, creating hundreds of different options that brides can choose from to build their dream wedding dress.

When you visit one of our five KAREN WILLIS HOLMES boutiques we will have separate bodices and skirts available so you truly get to try on the BESPOKE collection as it was meant to be experienced; by selecting each piece that creates your dream gown as you see fit. Our expert staff will be able to assist you and make suggestions when creating your finished look.

On many of our BESPOKE gowns, you’ll also have the choice of multiple customisable options such as; choosing a button back or lace-up back, adding a strap to our strapless gowns, adding a sleeve to our sleeveless dresses, making a personalised neckline adjustment to our deeper V-neck gowns, and more.

Our BESPOKE collection consists of sophisticated, custom wedding dresses which have a structured fit that so many brides love.

The softer dresses in this collection are figure-flattering and offer a flawless silhouette. The BESPOKE collection is a perfect balance of classic and contemporary— each gown is reminiscent of a timeless look with a fresh, modern twist, and many have a simple, minimalist feel to them.

The details are brought out in subtle and unexpected ways; flattering seam lines, open necklines, cutaway and illusion panels, unique embellishments, statement sleeves. Karen doesn’t just design beautiful gowns, she breathes new life into classic styles.

Picture a fit and flare V-neck dress suddenly becoming something never seen before when made in honeycomb mesh fabric with stunning pearl details, or a timeless strapless A-line gown made unexpectedly modern with a feature split in the skirt and added pockets.

This line is handmade with the highest quality materials in our Sydney workroom just for you. Included in the BESPOKE line is a small capsule collection of exquisitely hand beaded and appliqué gowns— our Limited Edition wedding dresses, our ultimate luxury pieces.

These gorgeous gowns are exclusively sold in our Sydney and Melbourne boutiques.

FAQ’s

About the Brand

Australian wedding dress designer KAREN WILLIS HOLMES has been at the forefront of bridal fashion since being established in 2000, providing beautifully designed and handcrafted wedding gowns for the elegant, modern and timeless bride. Our team is based in both Australia and New York and every one of our staff is dedicated to our company’s mission and the brides we have the pleasure of working with. Our goal is to always create a one-of-a-kind, personal and genuine experience for brides when finding their perfect wedding dress.

Read more about KWH here.

How do I Try on a KWH Dress?

You can visit one of our KAREN WILLIS HOLMES boutiques or a stockist who carries KWH gowns.

We have four boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We also have a flagship boutique in Soho, New York. The details of each boutique are located below:

Sydney BOOK HERE

Sydney Flagship Emporium

9 Doody St Alexandria, NSW

Ph (02) 8338 1078

alexandria@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri – 10am – 5:30pm

Thur – 10am – 7pm

Sat – 9am – 5:30pm

Sun – 11am – 4pm

Melbourne BOOK HERE

1010 High Street, Armadale, VIC

Ph (03) 9509 0454

melbourne@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 5.30pm

Thursday – 10am – 7pm

Saturday – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday -11am – 4pm

Brisbane BOOK HERE

32 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, QLD

Ph (07) 3368 2216

brisbane@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 5.30pm

Thursday – 10am – 7pm

Saturday – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

Perth BOOK HERE

309 Newcastle St, Northbridge, WA

Ph (08) 9381 5551

perth@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10- 5.30pm

Thursday – 10 – 7pm

Saturday – 9 – 5pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

New York BOOK HERE

7 Centre Market Place (Between Broome & Grand Streets)

New York NY 10013

Ph. 646 912 9298

newyork@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday to Friday – 11am – 7pm

Saturday – 10am – 6pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

We are also stocked across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.  For a detailed list of stockists, visit Stockist Locations.

What’s the Price Range?

The cost of a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES wedding dress ranges from AUD $2,190 to AUD $13,000. For the average cost of each collection, see below. 

The ELOPE collection ranges in price from $590 to $5,290.

The LUXE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $3,790.

The WILD HEARTS collection ranges in price from $2,190 to $2,990.

The BESPOKE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $13,000.

The CURVE collection ranges in price from $2,390 to $3,290.

What Size Samples do you Have & What is the Size Range of your Collections?

For the ELOPE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the LUXE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and these gowns are sold on a first come first serve basis. In our NYC boutique our samples are a size US 6.

For the WILD HEARTS collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the BESPOKE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the CURVE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 14C – 24C | US 10C – 20C and we have size AUS/UK 16C | US 12C samples in store for you to try on. We also have a travelling set of 24C size samples in selected styles. Please contact your boutique prior to your appointment so we can arrange these samples to be in store for your appointment.

I Don't Live Near a KWH Boutique or Stockist, How can I Purchase a KWH Gown or Obtain Expert Advice?

If you don’t live near a KWH boutique, contact our customer service team directly and we will have a solution for you to secure your dream gown. Our team can also offer you styling advice via phone or email. Feel free to contact them on +61 2 9519 3901 or info@karenwillisholmes.com.

What if I Have a Short Timeline?

We do carry stock of some gowns in-house, or we can sometimes make an ELOPE or BESPOKE gown in much shorter timeframes if we have all the fabric and time in our production calendar to fit your order in. As well, our LUXE line is a ready-to-wear line which means we can work with a shorter time frame as long as your desired gown is in stock. While we can work with shorter time frames, we always recommend a longer timeline, as having a shorter one will limit what is available to you.

If you have a short time frame, please contact us on info@karenwillisholmes.com or + 61 2 9519 3901 to discuss your options.

Will I Need Alterations?

Alterations are expected and essential for the finishing touches to any gown and will make the gown truly yours. When purchasing a gown, we take your body measurements to help determine the closest standard size to your body based on our size chart. However, alterations are needed to fine-tune for fit and to your personal preference. Whether that means taking in a gown to make it smaller for your hips, bust, or waist (or maybe everywhere), adding cups, shortening straps, hemming the length, and adding in the bustle for your train, alterations are a standard part of the whole process.

How do I Style a BESPOKE Wedding Dress?

Our BESPOKE gowns look breathtaking when styled with our veils and detachable trains. These gowns complement a veil as they’re already so luxurious and truly bridal. Adding a train only amplifies that bridal feel and gives you a bold transition from ceremony to reception while also creating a look that’s uniquely your own.

What is a BESPOKE Wedding Dress?

The BESPOKE collection by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is a luxury line of wedding dresses, handmade in our very own Sydney workroom. This collection is designed so that you can create your own gown and customise your look for your day. Within this collection are stunningly unique gowns that range from fit and flare shapes with plunging necklines, to strapless beaded ballgowns and everything in-between.

Where can I try on KWH BESPOKE Dresses in Person?

Have you fallen in love with one of our handmade wedding dresses? We have boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and a flagship boutique in New York where you can work with our dedicated bridal stylists and try on your KWH favourites. You can also visit one of our many stockists across the globe if our boutiques are not in your area. 

What is the Lead Time for a BESPOKE Dress?

Gowns from the BESPOKE collection are made in Australia and are made to order to a standard size- whatever size you measure closest to at the time of your appointment. We recommend a booking lead time of 6 – 8 months, however, because we make these gowns in our own workroom we can sometimes work with shorter time frames.

What do I Wear Under a BESPOKE Dress?

Unsure about shape wear? Our expert stylists broke down our best tips for how to choose when navigating the world of shape wear for your wedding dress here. 

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