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Catherine Blades Couture

Catherine Blades Couture

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Catherine Blades Couture

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  • Every gown designed and made by hand
  • Experienced designer and dressmaker
  • Worked with Alexander McQueen and Nikki McFarlane
  • Based in her exclusive studio
  • Multi-award winning designer
  • Exclusive one-to-one service
  • By appointment only
  • A fully bespoke service

Catherine Blades provides a fully bespoke service creating stunning wedding gowns and occasion wear that are unique to every client. Her intimate knowledge of cut and fit set her apart from other designers. She is a highly skilled dressmaker, taking your ideas and transforming them into the dress of your dreams. The warmth and personal service you will receive at the Blades Bridal studio makes having a dress designed and made by her a truly wonderful experience, one that has her clients feeling at ease, and thoroughly enjoying the process from beginning to end.

Catherine learned her craft with some top name designers, including Alexander McQueen, and over the past 20 years has refined her skills to become a couture dressmaker, designing and hand crafting exquisite gowns using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, luxurious fabrics and stunning embellishments. Catherine designs with innovation, and her creations are cutting edge.


Catherine works from the beautiful Blades Bridal studio, set in the tranquil countryside on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. All dresses are designed, made and fit by Catherine personally and her attention to detail leave her clients owning a truly stunning bespoke gown.

Catherine is not just a couture designer. She is an artist in her own right, creating stunning works of contemporary art and exploring the art of bridal in a totally different way. Her work as an artist allows her to bring that creative vision to her design work, which sets her apart from so many other designers.

The Dresses

A custom made dress is so very special. One of Catherine's favourite parts of the process is meeting the bride at her initial consultation. Catherine believes that the custom design process should be effortless for the bride. Here is breakdown of your appointments :

1 : Consultation

You will explore inspiration, fabrics and trimmings, the type of wedding and emotions one wants to express with a custom gown.

2 : Toile fitting and design reveal

At this stage Catherine will have taken all the brides ideas, researched and produced a series of designs. A simple dress shape called a toile is moulded onto the brides figure, where Catherine can begin to proportionally design the wedding dress to flatter and enhance the brides figure. By the end of this appointment which is approximately 3 hrs you will have made lots of successful decisions together, and your dress design will be finalised.

3 : First dress fitting

The wedding dress has been pattern cut and constructed and is now ready to try on for the first time . Catherine will check the fit, length and positioning of details and add extra embellishments where needed. The fastening is added next.

4 : Final dress fitting

The dress is finished all fastenings are added the hem and details complete. It's a chance for the bride to try on with her and to get used to walking and often practice dancing. This is always an exciting appointment.

5 : Collection

The dress is pressed and bagged ready. The drawn illustration is wrapped as a parting gift and a sign of Catherine's love and appreciation for being part of your special day.

For those customers that are traveling from abroad, Initial consultations can be done over video call and your gown can be collected by a trusted member of your bridal party. The same process applies to red carpet and evening dresses.

Bespoke Service

Every single Blades gown is design, cut, fit and finished to perfection by Catherine's own hand. She offers an exclusive one-to-one service with a warmth and gentleness that puts every one of her clients at ease, and ends with them owning a bespoke gown that is perfect for them in every way.

With prices starting from just £1800, a bespoke gown isn't out of reach either. To book a free consultation with Catherine or to book her bespoke services contact Catherine Blades Couture using the contact details located above and below this listing.

Catherine Blades Couture
The Stables
Goose Hill House
Ashford Hill Road
RG19 8AT


  • Kazmin

    I turned to Catherine after searching without hope for a dress which would express my personality and allow me to feel comfortable in myself on my big day. It was immediately clear that she not only knew her craft inside and out, allowing her to bring out the best of my body but also got ME, my off-beat, fantastical hopes for the dress. The dress she created is magnificent, unique and so entirely "me". Catherine was a pleasure to work with throughout, and I could not recommend her enough

  • Emma

    I was so lucky to have the amazing and incredibly talented Catherine Hunter to help design and make my wedding dress. Taking everything in her stride even when I completely changed my design and we started again, she made the entire experience a complete dream from start to finish and by the end I had more than a talented dress maker but a friend. It’s hard to believe that someone can get so attuned to you and bring all of your ideas in your head to reality but that’s exactly what she does, she works her magic and brings all your hopes to life and no matter your shape she will make you look utterly flawless and amazing. When standing there in my dress for the final Fitting I felt incredible and I owe it all to Catherine, there aren’t enough words to describe how grateful I am for you making me feel a million dollars on my wedding day.

  • Natasha

    Words can’t describe how beautiful and fantastic Catherine is. Her talents, incredible skills and just sensational personality made the whole wedding dress experience a dream I will never forget. From the very first day we met we just clicked and she knew exactly what I was thinking and what I wanted for my dream dress! Her attention to detail and experience meant that all my best features of my body where enhanced and bits I was self-conscious about just disappeared.
    Thank you so much for making me look like and feel like a princess. If anyone is thinking of having a gown made look no further!

  • Marianne

    Catherine was the most incredible designer to work with. In our first meeting she took the inspiration I gave her for my dress and she drew a design that was absolutely perfect, and just what I had envisioned!

    Catherine showed me the right fabrics for my budget and her energy and enthusiasm for her work made me feel so excited about the process. When I had my final fitting she made the day so special and was also kind enough to lend me a veil, Two of my friends have decided to use her for their dresses too!

  • Alison

    “From the second I stepped into the studio I was blown away! I found that I was quite stressed and felt so negative about this stage in organising my wedding. All of that melted away when I met Catherine. She is a wonderfully calming, positive and mentally healing lady, and I knew straight away I was in good hands! I don’t even believe Catherine understands how absolutely amazing she is. I am so glad I found her for my dress and I will do anything to pass this on to other brides.

  • Michelle

    Catherine is a very professional, warm and caring person. She has the ability to realise your dream without having to be too prescriptive. She has an intuitive ability which enables her to design, adjust, flex and deliver just what you want. Catherine was faced with quite a challenge. I live in Germany, and after my initial measurements, I lost a lot of weight, so she did a fabulous job to basically re-design and re-make my dream dress in less than 6 weeks. She should win an award!”

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