Caroline studied Couture Bridalwear at the London College of Fashion, has a degree in Italian and spent a year in Florence. She was an area manager for Monsoon for several years before setting up her own business in 2002. What started with the name of “Glove Design” with a DIY website and local bridal show, stitching in the spare bedroom and taking photos in the garden, has gradually become “Caroline Arthur Couture”, with a professional website and photoshoots, video and online presence, a TV appearance, the development of her ‘Design Your Own Wedding Dress‘ Couture Kit, an exhibition at the National Wedding Show and the opening of the The Designer Studio as well as the new Boutique at Gate Street Barn.
“My father was an architect, and so from an early age, I was surrounded by an awareness and appreciation of good design, even before venturing into the world of fashion. Childhood summers at home in Surrey were often spent at our sewing machine… I come from a family of dressmakers, so was really taught to sew by my mother…”
During these last 14 years of running her own show, there has also been a house-move, knocking down of new house, building of better house with gorgeous Bespoke Studio attached, bereavement of close family (beloved mum), birth of daughter (beloved Holly), and ongoing support by hubby Iain (the rock), not to mention the amazing raft of family and friends who continued the propping up necessary during Caroline’s recent short absence from dressmaking (epilepsy and open-heart surgery finally made her slow down a bit!).
Happily, she is now firmly back at the helm, merrily poking her nose into the details of every wedding dress in the order book, in between gardening and playing her cello, which in truth she rarely gets round to, due to the mad chaos of family life!
“But I’m basically still a dressmaker…!”
Your bridal gown is a reflection of your taste, your personality and your aspirations. The wedding dress designer who can bring this to life should be able to LISTEN. It’s important for them to have a natural talent for design, a huge depth of experience and a genuine passion for dressmaking, to ensure they create not only your dream wedding dress, but also an unforgettable experience. These values run through every feature of the business, and every person who works in the team.
Read Caroline’s reviews and testimonials to decide for yourself if Caroline is the right wedding dress designer for you.
Caroline’s goals for the future are to steadily and carefully continue expanding the reach of her collection, so more brides can benefit from being able to design their own wedding dress, and have it beautifully made to fit them properly, within an affordable budget. She adheres to her principles of always seeking opportunities for others to shine, not only for her brides, but also those working within the business – for example creating flexible ways of working so the mums on the Caroline Arthur team can achieve a good work-life balance.
And we’re keeping it all in the UK – the designing, the dressmaking, the website… everything that makes us unique and responsive to each individual bride’s needs.
“My aim as a wedding dress designer is to empower the bride and facilitate her dream. To me, you are not just a number, you are a unique woman!”
“…I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the dress, you created: my dream wedding dress … After our first meeting there was no question that together with your lovely personality, creativity and professional experience you will design my unique wedding dress. Step by step we shaped the ideas (style, length, material) and from a sketch my dream dress turned into reality 🙂 I was very excited especially when the fitting took place, and I “transformed into” a proper bride-to-be, thanks to you!!! On our big day (on the 10th August), I was not only the happiest bride but felt really special, and comfortable in the dress! It captured totally my personality, and I felt: yes, it is me, I am getting married 🙂 Thank you, Caroline for turning my dream into reality!…” Read more testimonials