Caroline Arthur

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Bespoke bridal gown designer dressmaker Caroline Arthur offers made to measure gowns, wedding dress alterations, silk painting and re-styling pre-loved dresses at her Surrey boutique

Caroline Arthur – in a nutshell

  • custom wedding dresses made to your own design
  • bridal gown alterations and customisation
  • silk painting and dyeing
  • Caroline designs and makes all her gowns personally in the UK
  • work experience and mentoring for aspiring bridal designer dressmakers


British couture designer dressmaker Caroline Arthur is warm, funny and brimming with creative ideas. Her expertise and approach makes her brides feel relaxed and confident. She created her innovative digital Couture Kit, as a useful tool for brides, which allows you to express your bespoke wedding dress design on a simple web app.

Being able to draw out the creative ideas from a bride is one of the pure pleasures of a wedding dress designer. Caroline’s approach is careful and practical – mindful that as a bride, you’re trying to keep a lot of people happy, and the contentment of your love ones is as important to us as it is to you.

Caroline is fascinated by what each individual bride sees when she looks in the mirror, and is always supportive and encouraging. Experience has shown her that once a bride is relaxed and comfortable in a creative environment, then her ideas surface swiftly, and her growing confidence is what makes this job so rewarding.

Caroline has been hand-making bespoke wedding dresses for creative and thoughtful brides for 20 years. She studied Couture Bridal wear at the London College of Fashion, and grew up in a family of dressmakers. Gaining a degree in Italian from Lancaster University, she spent a year in Florence, enjoyed 10 years working for Monsoon in the 1990s, and now lives with her young family near Guildford in Surrey.

“…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 holidays at home in Surrey were often spent at our sewing machine, and I was really taught to sew by my mother…”


As a bespoke bridal gown designer and dressmaker, Caroline specializes in re-styling, fitting and adjusting all kinds of ready-made and pre-loved wedding dresses, and is recommended by a number of luxury bridal boutiques in the Surrey and London area.
She can customize your bridal gown, and also create the perfect belt, jacket, cape, strap or sleeve to enhance your gown.
Your fitting and adjustments will be carried out by her personally at her atelier in Surrey.


Caroline loves re-designing, dyeing, or completely re-working brides’ old wedding dresses into one or more wearable heirloom pieces. This means you can hold on to the romance and memories intrinsic to the gown you wore on your wedding day, and get it out of the attic.


Bridal gown designer Caroline takes a fresh approach to silk painting. Having learnt the techniques of this versatile medium under the expert tuition of Carole Smollan in London, she has developed her repertoire to create light, simple, pretty designs, mainly featuring the flora and fauna found in her English Country garden at Wildacre in Surrey.

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