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About Karen Willis Holmes

Established in 2000, KAREN WILLIS HOLMES have been at the forefront of bridal fashion, providing beautifully designed and handcrafted wedding gowns for the elegant, modern and timeless bride.

The brand is about handcrafted detail, exquisite fabrics and laces beautifully combined so that every bride can walk down the aisle in her dream gown. They strive to exceed expectations, not only creating a beautiful wedding gown but ensuring with our impeccable customer service, that every bride feels valued, respected and cared for every step of the way.

The KWH bride appreciates detail, they value the skill of our seamstresses and they express their own style with confidence and pride – she knows exactly who she is and isn’t afraid to express her individuality.

Behind The Brand

 

Describe the woman you design for…

Our bride is a romantic minimalist. She follows fashion trends but isn’t defined by it. Our bride is sophisticated, stylish and sexy. She isn’t seeking a traditional wedding gown but a fashionable gown that she can wear to her wedding.

 

What is your most popular piece?

The favorites go in and out however our most requested styles at the moment are Lexie, Margareta, Aubrey and Lauren. They all share the same iconic figure hugging sexy shape that our bride seeks out.

 

What advice would you give to brides-to-be?

We dress our brides to be the best, most beautiful version of themselves.  This is the one day they can wear something incredible that makes them feel utterly fabulous so when our bride stays true to herself – she walks down that aisle with enviable confidence. Don’t wear something that isn’t you as it will show. A gown is there to bring out the best in you.

 

As a designer, what tips do you have for brides to get the most out of their fittings?

Be open to try on different shapes and you will find your dream gown. Often your idea of what you think you will look good in can instantly throw you the second you step outside of your comfort zone and try on something unexpected.

In your fittings, come armed with a great pair of shape wear and heels – this will transform any gown you try on.

 

Do you offer a custom design service for brides? If so, how long does it take to make a custom piece?

We offer made to order BESPOKE gowns that allow you to mix together different bodices and skirts to create your own individual gown. Gowns of this nature require 6 months and are individually made in our Sydney workroom.
Our LUXE collection is ready to wear – perfect for the spontaneous bride and our WILD HEARTS collection is made in small quantities so perfect for brides with shorter lead-times too.

 

What advice do you give to brides to care for their gown?

In the lead up to your wedding, keep your gown away from sunlight and hanging from the hanger loops so the gown doesn’t stretch with the weight of the fabric. After having it cleaned with your trusted dry cleaner, we recommend professionally boxing it with acid free paper. We also love a bride that shortens her gown after her wedding so she can celebrate it on another special occasion.

Editor’s Notes

Why we love it…

KWH offer a friendly, professional and stylish environment for brides to go and not feel pressured in choosing a dress under a strict time frame. Their boutiques are beautifully displayed, showing a vast collection of different styles to suit most brides. With stylists on hand to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have, it is a relaxing and exciting experience for all brides. With almost 20 years experience in the industry, we trust their advice and guidance in such an important time.

 

For the bride…

For the fashionable bride who is interested in trying on different dresses and styles and open to anything. She appreciates handcrafted details and exquisite fabrics.

 

Styling tips…

Try on different styles in one of the KWH boutiques and let their expert stylists help guide your decision. If you can’t find the perfect dress off the rack, you can combine what you love from different styles and create your dream dress using their Bespoke option.