Martin Charles Bridal Gallery.
We are a bridal Atelier/design studio. I design and create bespoke commissions for the bride looking for something special and unique. Tailored to you as an individual. Designed, cut and made here in Oundle. Using skills, techniques and experience gained during my 24 years making wedding dresses. Proudly made by me in the UK.
At your appointment, you get to try on some individual designs made by me, a chance to see my workmanship and meet me to see if i am the one to make your special dress. As well as some gowns i buy in. I have over 40 dresses and mix and match skirts and tops. So we can create something to suit you.
My hand style is classic, timeless. Sometimes with a twist. I have full skirted gowns and beaded slinky dresses. But i also am a stockist of Rembo Styling who specialise in relaxed fashion forward pieces. So hopefully i have something that you will like.
I don't tend to stock the red carpet slashed to the waist neckline, overtly sexy fishtail dresses. Although i can make them. So you will need to look elsewhere for those. But it is always best to try different styles to make sure you have not discounted something that may be perfect. Remember you will be looking at your wedding photo's for years to come.
I studied fashion at Northampton Uni, I was then offered one of 12 places averrable at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, London. Specialising in Womenswear. While studying I did design work for a number of design houses and labels, including Karl Lagerfeld, Nicol Farhi and high street names like Marks & Spencers.
At my graduation in 1996 I was offered a job as design assistant to Gianni Versace in Milan. This was a great opportunity for me but I soon tired of Illustrating all day. I missed the feel of fabric, the craft of drafting of a pattern and transferring it into a 3D garment.
“You never stop learning in a job you love.” –Martin Charles
When my contract was up I returned to the UK and started a fashion label, producing high end occasion wear for Ascott, Henley and other special events. I started to get approached directly by clients in London and soon found myself doing private commissions.
I stock one of my favourite design labels, this Belgium design house specialises in creating fashion forward beautiful relaxed wedding dresses for brides looking for an Ethereal look. All their dresses are made at their design studio in Antwerp.
we recently celebrated the shops 9th anniversary and have been very lucky and worked with some wonderful brides who still keep in contact via social media.