Martin Charles Bridal Gallery is different. We are a bridal Atelier/design studio. Creating bespoke individual commissions for the bride looking for something special. Designed, cut and made here in Oundle. Using skills, techniques and experience gained during my 23 years making wedding dresses. Proudly made by me in the UK.
At your appointment don't expect to see rails of dresses all looking the same.
Martin Charles collection prices start at £1900 made to measure full commission service dresses start from £2200. 6 month order time.
After 4 years of study in Northampton I was offered one of 12 places 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.
When I graduated 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 drawing all day. I missed the feel of fabric and the 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. Prices start from £1400. 6 Month order time.
we recently celebrated the shops 8th anniversary and hope to enjoy many more as I continue to serve brides for many more years to come.