Questions about couture​

It is perfectly fine to have lots of questions about couture, Catherine enjoy’s helping women learn more about this fashion design experience. Catherine has a wealth of knowledge accumulated for more than 30 years of hands on design experience creating incredible garments for celebrities, events, weddings & other formal occasions. 

Catherine enjoys sharing her stories and experiences and below are the most common questions that are asked in our studio in Paddington.

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Pricing & payment

Custom couture dress designs Catherine Colubriale designs and creates a personalised look that is specific to each individual client’s needs. It is made from scratch just for you.

 

The Couture House Collection is available in our Boutique. We have two Collections The Bridal Couture and Evening Couture. Once you choose a gown from our House Collection, the gowns are made to fit your specific body measurements and shape.

 

The Ready to Wear Evening Collection is available in House and can be purchased off the rack in sizes 6-16

Catherine Colubriale Couture House Collection prices will vary depending on how much work is required to make the dress suit your requirements. We provide a personal consultation to work out what will suit you best.

Catherine Colubriale Couture Custom Gowns are individually quoted because these are individually crafted pieces where you can choose every single element & pricing will vary based on the fabrics & other pieces used.

Sometimes a photo that you find of your dream dress may look quite simple in the photo, but in fact, requires a lot of work to create, that is the beauty of dress design. Incredible pieces are made to look elegant, timeless and simple and that is because of the time spent designing it. The hand crafted work can take days to complete and we are always happy to explore options with you

We accept cash, direct deposit or credit card.

A 50% deposit at time of booking will be required to start your design process.
No hidden cost, everything is explained to you before you commit to work with us. The only extra cost that may apply will be any changes made to the design or fabric once it is in development.

We do all the fabric sourcing for you. We choose the right fabric for the design and your body shape.

Style and sizing

It’s very rare that clients change their mind on the design they have chosen. We go through a process with you which helps you envision the design of your gown. This gives you confidence with your chosen couture gown. Remember this is a process shared with you every step of the way. Once the gown is in the production and making stage and you decide to change any major part of the gown, the original quote will be amended to reflect these changes.
We are with you on this journey all the way. Every bride wants to look her best. If for any reason your weight changes we can assist you with an appropriate solution.
This is possible from our experience and we always have a solution to guide you with the best outcome.
This can be one of the hardest things to deal with but Catherine takes you through the process step by step so you have a good feeling of what is going to be created for you. This begins with fabric samples and of course Catherine’s hand drawn sketches which are used to then constructing your pattern and toile based on your measurements
With years of experience and many many women with different body shapes I can assure you, you have nothing to worry about. I will get to know you through a series of questions and help assist with creating the best style design for you personality and body shape.

Our House Couture Bridal and Evening Collections are made to our clients specific body measurements.

Not a worry, with years of experience and creating for all types of body shapes and sizes you can be assured Catherine will help you through the process and give you the best result.
Feel free to connect any of my clients and ask them to share their experience about me with you.

We aim to have your dress finished two weeks before your function date. The only time this doesn’t happen is because our brides find out they are pregnant, have lost weight and we need to readjust the dress.

Materials

Our materials are sourced from local and international suppliers. We use high quality fabrics from France, Italy, America, Canada, Japan and India to name a few. We can materials such as silk duchess, silk satin, silk dupion, French lace, soft tulle to name a few.

We only use high quality fabrics that are sourced worldwide from trusted suppliers. We do not outsource our work to production facilities overseas and are always in control of ever element of your dress design. We have access to pretty much anything your heart desires.

We design create and make the gowns in our studio in Paddington, Sydney, Australia. All our bridal, wedding and evening gowns are 100% Australian made.

We will go through a range of colour and shade and pick the perfect tone for your skin.
Not necessarily your fabric is not the only contributor to the cost of your gown. If we feel your fabric is appropriate for the design we are creating we will consider it, otherwise we will rethink your fabrics options for the best result.

Timing & the design process

Depending on the complexity of the design or what our workloads are like it could take between 3 to 12 months to complete your dress. We can let you know during our consultation sessions.

An open mind, some ideas you may have from dress ideas you like the look of, colours or fabrics you’d like to use.
Yes, however we recommend no more than 3 friends or family members.
It’s very rare that clients change their mind on the design they have chosen. We go through a process with you which helps you envision the design of your gown. This gives you confidence with your chosen couture gown. Remember this is a process shared with you every step of the way. Once the gown is in the production and making stage and you decide to change any major part of the gown, the original quote will be amended to reflect these changes.
We aim to have your dress finished two weeks before your function date. The only time this doesn’t happen is because our brides find out they are pregnant, have lost weight and we need to readjust or if you change your mind 1000 times.
Depending on the intensity of the design and work involved your fittings will range between 3 to 5
Consultations are by appointment. We will work with you to book the best appointment times that we have available.
The more time we have the better.. We can always fit you in depending on our work load for that particular month and how complex your design is. You can always call us to discuss.