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First of all congratulations on your forthcoming celebration or special occasion!

I value your custom and want your experience with me to be as smooth, open and enjoyable as possible. Many of my clients are repeat customers and bring their friends and family with them!

All of my designs are suitable for weddings, handfastings, civil partnerships and special occasions and I work very closely with the client to create your dream outfit. I like to have your clothing ready for you in plenty of time to help make your day as happy and stress free as possible, so I only ask that you contact me in plenty of time before your big day.

If you do not see exactly what you are after on my website, then please contact me to discuss your ideas. The Inspiration Pages may be of help. As well as simple classical and historical dresses Victorian Gothic specialises in the unusual, fantastical and flamboyant gown in sizes to fit you. These gowns are often very hard to source makers for and this is where Victorian Gothic/Michelle is building up an international name for service, quality and value. I see the joy of creating the perfect gown with each client as part of the overall enjoyment of your special day and look forward to making this a memory to treasure.

Thank you so much VG for making me beautiful for my event! The gown is even more gorgeous in person!! I have not found anything close to this quality in the US. The attention to detail is amazing! I highly recommend VG. I promise you'll fall in love with your gown! I did. :) (B)

How do I go about ordering the gown of my dreams from Victorian Gothic?

Our special Bespoke Service is as follows:

I am very pleased to design a special unique piece just for you. Send a sketch, pictures, any inspiration and we work together from there. This is an organic process, tailored to the individual with my experience to help and guide you towards creating your dream outfit. Alternatively take a look at what I already offer and mix, match and alter different elements. For example, the Whitehall Bodice with the Brunswick Bodice sleeves, matched with a Ducrow skirt in the fabrics and colour of your choice. I think that you get the idea! If you have an idea for an outfit, but can't see anything remotely like it on my website, please just ask. So far the answer has always been 'Yes, I can do that.'

The fitting was great, I arrived without knowing what I really want and I left very satisfied and with having a clear picture in my head. (S.S)

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Free, friendly, no obligation initial consultation at a time to suit you.

email or telephone 01323 485281 to arrange an appointment or discuss your ideas.


Please use the web-site as a starting point for evaluating costs, according to style - even if you do not want a reproduction of an existing design. I think it will soon be clear that quantities and type of fabric needed, and amounts and type of embellishment relate to overall price.

How long will it take and what price should I expect?

A gown can take from 3 weeks and onwards at a time frame that suits you. Ideally I need 8 weeks in advance of a date to ensure that a gown is ready within the UK and slightly more to take in to account shipping times for EU and USA orders. Prices for a gown range from £450 - £1800 and above with an average gown costing £800. A mock up of your gown to check style, size and fit would add £340 to the basic price. ALL charges will be fully broken down and agreed between Victorian Gothic and the client before any work is started or materials bought.

Pattern Drafting, first fitting and bodice mock-up £135 or gown mock-up £340.00.

This covers the drafting of your unique pattern, bodice/gown mock-up prepared and ready for basic fitting and first appointment to further discuss shape, fabrics and decoration and to take further measurements. If you would prefer to carry out this entire process via email and post, then the mock-up can be sent to the you for you to check fit and return to me. Postage to an address in the UK is included in the above cost, but will be extra for EU and USA. You are responsible for paying for the return postage to us. For full details please see Victorian Gothic Terms.

Just wanted to tell you how fabulous the mock up dress was can't wait to see the finished dress :-) thanks for ordering the velvet we are both so excited its ridiculous! (N)

Further charges are calculated by:

Total cost of fabrics chosen.

Cost of notions such as sewing threads, fastenings, boning etc

Cost of any trims or decoration.

Labour charges.

On average a bridal gown will be:

Slim line styles with little or no boning £600 + materials

Slim line styles with fully boned bodice and slim skirt £750 + materials

Full styles with fully boned bodice and ballgown/a-line skirt £1000 + materials

As a guide, I recommend you allow £150 to £250 for materials, depending on style and fabric chosen. Please also remember that the cost of materials also needs to include the cost of lining fabric, boning, thread and all other sundries required.

In some cases a small charge is required to cover the cost of very high end fabric samples which is a charge passed on from our supplier and this must be paid before we can send out the samples to you.

ALL charges will be fully broken down and agreed between Victorian Gothic and the client before any work is started or materials bought. If extra work is required after this agreement such as more trimming or covered buttons rather than plain ones then of course Victorian Gothic reserves the right to charge for the extra labour and materials costs with full pior agreement with you.

Payment details will then be mailed to you. I will start work at the time agreed.

For full details of my terms and payment please click to Terms and Conditions

By placing an order with me you agree to these terms and conditions.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

"I am very glad I trusted Victorian Gothic to create my wedding skirt. It is beautifully made, exactly what I wanted, and fits perfectly. Michelle was lovely to work with and was a great help in sourcing fabric. I would not hesitate to recommend Victorian Gothic or order from them again." I'll be in touch after the wedding with photos. (J)

Victorian Gothic maintains its confidentiality at all times. No orders are discussed with third parties or any client details given out.

Please email me if you have any questions about my terms, payment or ordering.

email or telephone 01825 880079

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