The story of Gloria and her victorian inspired wedding dress

"...inspired by the 1800's fashion era and a love of art..."

A custom made wedding dress with corset bodice

When I met Gloria, I knew I was designing for a bride that loved and appreciated art and history of all ages, hence why we chose inspiration from the 1800s fashion era.


Gloria loved detail and was inspired by the Victorian wedding dress designs.



We were able to take inspiration from the 1800s wedding dresses and turn her gown into a modern twist.  Gloria’s Victorian style wedding dress began through a series of ideas that was created using layers of silk ivory dupion fabric and metres gathered lace.


Her fitted Corset bodice was gathered at the bust to create fullness and an elegant sweetheart bustline. The back was bustled creating drama that extended into a 2 metre long train. We handmade yellow chiffon flowers and used them to enhance the overall look of her Victorian inspired wedding dress.

What did the bride think about her dress?

“Catherine was such a delight to work with.  She made my dream dress come to life.  I’m sure every bride that walks through her door says the same thing, but it takes a true couturier to take a side sketch of a dress and turn into a real dress.  


During the dress making process, Catherine was always patient, flexible and willing to listen to suggestions to make her clients happy as well as offering valid advice to ensure they look fantastic!


Catherine is more than just a talented dressmaker, she is an artist and stylist that goes the extra mile for her clients, so that more importantly by the end of the dress making process, I am able to consider her a friend”


A few common questions

At Catherine Colubriale we offer a choice for our clients whether they require a wedding dress, evening gown or something unique for a special event.


You can choose a dress design from our House Collection which will then be adjusted to suit your body size or you can opt for a completely Custom Couture design which is a one off creation.


The types of dresses can include;

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Column
  • Mermaid
  • Tea Length
  • Ball Gown
  • Sheath
  • Fit and flare

depending on what selection you make there is then a choice of colours and materials we can work with to create something truly unique.

Knowing which style will suit you best is one of the hardest things for any woman to figure out on their own. That is the benefit of visiting an experienced courtier like Catherine who can help you discover the right design choices. 

Catherine has over 30 years of experience custom making dresses for thousands of women of all types of body shapes and sizes. 

Catherine will make you feel comfortable so that you can explore ideas with her that will fit your body perfectly & leave you feeling amazing as soon as you put the dress on for the first time.

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Catherine Colubriale
Catherine Colubriale

Australian wedding dress designer

About Catherine

Catherine is a courtier with over 30 years experience designing bridal gowns, wedding dresses & bridal wear. Catherine has worked for global icons like Elizabeth Ardern & Mary Kay.

You can visit Catherine’s bridal shop in Paddington Sydney.

Wedding Dress Designer in Paddington

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