alison miles
 couture bridal designer

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About Alison Miles A passion for beautiful fabrics, superb design skills and attention to detail are at the heart of Alison's bridal couture business. She offers a friendly, personal service combined with expert craftsmanship, where designer and bride are working towards the same goal – perfection on the day! With over 30 years' experience and testaments from many delighted brides, the comment Alison loves to hear most is simply, “it's far more beautiful than I ever imagined it to be!” Alison’s designs are inspired by a love of classic, elegant couture such as Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Vionnet, as well as her interest in painting, art and history. She believes that clothes should be well cut and styled, rather than adhering to the latest trends, and she loves to meet her brides in person to make them dresses that reflect and interpret their personalities. Alison is constantly building on her couture training and updating her skills. She has recently completed studies in a wide range of corsetry techniques, both modern and traditional, as well as a series of pattern making master classes in Paris. Sharing her skills is also important to Alison, and she recently took part in an EU-funded project teaching sewing to women in Kosovo to help them develop their own businesses. When she’s not at her drawing board or sewing machine, Alison loves dancing (anything from jazz and tap to lindy hop and traditional French), playing the piano, and hunting for treasures in antiques shops and market stalls.
1984 - 2014 30 years of excellence