From custom couture wedding dresses and prom gowns through exquisitely embroidered veils to bridal alterations and restyling, Holly Winter Couture creations are bespoke designed, expertly made-to-measure and absolutely unique.

Bespoke bridalwear

Lizzie’s glittering bespoke wedding gown, 2022

I specialise in creating the perfect dress (or bridal separates, jumpsuits, overskirts, coats, etc). 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. 

Embroidered veils

Til deatrg do us part black glitter chapel veil by Holly Winter Couture

When Meghan Markle glided up the aisle to her prince, her veil was a highlight of her wedding ensemble. Embroidered with the official flower of each Commonwealth member country, it was not just dreamily beautiful, it was laden with meaning.

Embellishments can change the whole look and feel of your bridal or prom style. Imagine cascades of your favourite flowers tumbling down your skirts, silver butterflies dancing across your ankles or lines of a favourite book weaving in and out of your lace. 

It doesn’t have to be on your dress or suit. How about the phases of the moon or roses and bluebirds straight from a fairytale carrying a message across your veil?

For something more discreet, how about your wedding date, initials or a tiny motif stitched into your lining or garter? 

I embroider by machine and by hand using various techniques including beading and silk ribbon embroidery. I can embroider any font or design, even including photographs.

Alterations & restyling

Already found your dress? Let’s make it perfect. I alter wedding dresses, prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride/mother-of-the-groom ensembles and all kinds of special occasionwear.

Whether you’d like a few tweaks for fit or a major restyle, I’ve yet to meet a dress I couldn’t get looking and fitting how its owner wanted.

For more information, please get in touch using the form below or email

“I received my veil yesterday and it is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Every little detail is perfect. You created something truly magical for me to wear on my big day. Every time I even think about this veil I tear up. Thank you so much for making this dream come true for me. I’ll be sure to send you some pictures of me on the wedding day!”

Miranda Bishop, June 2022

Holly Winter Couture dressmaker seamstress Farnborough