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Traditional Wedding Dresses

Embody the truest vision of what it means to be a bride in a traditional wedding gown style that reads as luxurious and elegant and will stand the test of time.

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Maybe you’ve been dreaming of a traditional wedding dress for years, or maybe you’re just finding yourself gravitating toward those classic looks that will always be beautiful and never a style that’s left behind in a fleeting trend.

Either way, KAREN WILLIS HOLMES traditional wedding dresses give off an element of utmost sophistication and elegance.

Our traditional lace wedding dresses are tasteful and have a stunning antique feel, while our simple fabric, timeless gowns say classic and subtle.

Some of our traditional wedding dresses have a pop of the unexpected; a single element to establish you as the gorgeous, modern bride you are, but never in a way that feels overdone or overly trendy.

Embody the truest vision of what it means to be a bride in a traditional wedding gown style that reads as luxurious and elegant and will stand the test of time.

After all, it’s you’re one day to capture that wedding magic, why not embrace that bridal feeling through and through?

FAQ’s

About the Brand

Australian wedding dress designer KAREN WILLIS HOLMES has been at the forefront of bridal fashion since being established in 2000, providing beautifully designed and handcrafted wedding gowns for the elegant, modern and timeless bride. Our team is based in both Australia and New York and every one of our staff is dedicated to our company’s mission and the brides we have the pleasure of working with. Our goal is to always create a one-of-a-kind, personal and genuine experience for brides when finding their perfect wedding dress.

Read more about KWH here.

How do I Try on a KWH Dress?

You can visit one of our KAREN WILLIS HOLMES boutiques or a stockist who carries KWH gowns.

We have four boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. We also have a flagship boutique in Soho, New York. The details of each boutique are located below:

Sydney BOOK HERE

Sydney Flagship Emporium

9 Doody St Alexandria, NSW

Ph (02) 8338 1078

alexandria@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri – 10am – 5:30pm

Thur – 10am – 7pm

Sat – 9am – 5:30pm

Sun – 11am – 4pm

Melbourne BOOK HERE

1010 High Street, Armadale, VIC

Ph (03) 9509 0454

melbourne@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 5.30pm

Thursday – 10am – 7pm

Saturday – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday -11am – 4pm

Brisbane BOOK HERE

32 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, QLD

Ph (07) 3368 2216

brisbane@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 5.30pm

Thursday – 10am – 7pm

Saturday – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

Perth BOOK HERE

309 Newcastle St, Northbridge, WA

Ph (08) 9381 5551

perth@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10- 5.30pm

Thursday – 10 – 7pm

Saturday – 9 – 5pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

New York BOOK HERE

7 Centre Market Place (Between Broome & Grand Streets)

New York NY 10013

Ph. 646 912 9298

newyork@karenwillisholmes.com

Hours:

Tuesday to Friday – 11am – 7pm

Saturday – 10am – 6pm

Sunday & Monday – Closed

We are also stocked across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.  For a detailed list of stockists, visit Stockist Locations.

What’s the Price Range?

The cost of a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES wedding dress ranges from AUD $2,190 to AUD $13,000. For the average cost of each collection, see below. 

The ELOPE collection ranges in price from $590 to $5,290.

The LUXE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $3,790.

The WILD HEARTS collection ranges in price from $2,190 to $2,990.

The BESPOKE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $13,000.

The CURVE collection ranges in price from $2,390 to $3,290.

What Size Samples do you Have & What is the Size Range of your Collections?

For the ELOPE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the LUXE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and these gowns are sold on a first come first serve basis. In our NYC boutique our samples are a size US 6.

For the WILD HEARTS collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the BESPOKE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the CURVE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 14C – 24C | US 10C – 20C and we have size AUS/UK 16C | US 12C samples in store for you to try on. We also have a travelling set of 24C size samples in selected styles. Please contact your boutique prior to your appointment so we can arrange these samples to be in store for your appointment.

I Don't Live Near a KWH Boutique or Stockist, How can I Purchase a KWH Gown or Obtain Expert Advice?

If you don’t live near a KWH boutique, contact our customer service team directly and we will have a solution for you to secure your dream gown. Our team can also offer you styling advice via phone or email. Feel free to contact them on +61 2 9519 3901 or info@karenwillisholmes.com.

What if I Have a Short Timeline?

We do carry stock of some gowns in-house, or we can sometimes make an ELOPE or BESPOKE gown in much shorter timeframes if we have all the fabric and time in our production calendar to fit your order in. As well, our LUXE line is a ready-to-wear line which means we can work with a shorter time frame as long as your desired gown is in stock. While we can work with shorter time frames, we always recommend a longer timeline, as having a shorter one will limit what is available to you.

If you have a short time frame, please contact us on info@karenwillisholmes.com or + 61 2 9519 3901 to discuss your options.

Will I Need Alterations?

Alterations are expected and essential for the finishing touches to any gown and will make the gown truly yours. When purchasing a gown, we take your body measurements to help determine the closest standard size to your body based on our size chart. However, alterations are needed to fine-tune for fit and to your personal preference. Whether that means taking in a gown to make it smaller for your hips, bust, or waist (or maybe everywhere), adding cups, shortening straps, hemming the length, and adding in the bustle for your train, alterations are a standard part of the whole process.

How do I Style a Traditional Wedding Dress?

Our traditional gowns look stunning when paired with a veil or detachable trains. Adding a veil to your gown will help amp up your style to feel even more classically bridal for your ceremony. Styling your gown with a train gives you countless options to add volume for part of your day or just make your look uniquely your own.

What is a Traditional Wedding Dress?

Traditional wedding dresses give off an element of utmost sophistication and elegance.

Our traditional lace wedding dresses are tasteful and have a stunning antique feel, while our simple fabric, timeless gowns say classic and subtle.

Where can I try on KWH Traditional Dresses in Person?

Have you fallen in love with one of our handmade wedding dresses? We have boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and a flagship boutique in New York where you can work with our dedicated bridal stylists and try on your KWH favourites. You can also visit one of our many stockists across the globe if our boutiques are not in your area. 

What is the Lead Time for a Traditional Dress?

Gowns from the ELOPE & BESPOKE collections are made in Australia and are made to order to a standard size- whatever size you measure closest to at the time of your appointment. We recommend a booking lead time of 6 – 8 months, however, because we make these gowns in our own workroom we can sometimes work with shorter time frames.

Gowns from the LUXE collection are sold from stock or available for pre-order. Due to the nature of this collection the gowns are sold on a first come first serve basis.

Gowns from the WILD HEARTS & CURVE collections are made in Australia and our recommended lead time is 4 months from your wedding date, plus time for alterations.

What do I Wear Under a Traditional Dress?

On the hunt for the perfect shape wear for your gown? Have a look at our stylist’s expert advice here. 

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