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One of a Kind Custom Wedding Dresses!

Custom Wedding Dress Designer Angela Kim fitting a client

Go Couture with a One-of-a-Kind Luxury Wedding Dress Designed Just for You!

Design your dream dress in collaboration with custom wedding dress designer and couture dressmaker Angela Kim.

Angela makes your unique vision into reality with an exquisite custom design, high quality handmade construction, and the finest fabrics and embellishments sourced internationally from the same vendors as your favorite luxury brands.

Begin your bridal journey with Angela. You’ll have a unique, luxurious and fun experience that you will always remember!

Imagine having your own wedding dress designer...

She listens to you—your inspirations, your images, your style, your story.

Angela Kim knows how to bring those elements to life in your custom wedding dress, made exactly to your specifications.

You’ll treasure not just the dress, but especially the experience of working with a professional who is an expert at creating a look that feels just right for you.

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Breigh dancing in her one of a kind custom wedding dress by designer Angela Kim

"Working with Angela was a complete dream!"

"She took the time to listen to me, she understood my aesthetic and body type, and she patiently updated me on the process. On my wedding day the dress was everything I wanted and more!"

—Breigh K.
Charlotte, NC

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Marve wearing a Beyonce inspired custom purple silk wedding dress

"Angela Kim is The Real Deal!"

"I had a very unique vision for my wedding gown and she was able to execute that vision brilliantly! Everything was gorgeous and the process was pure perfection. I can't thank Angela enough! "

—Marve F.
Atlanta, GA

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Katie wearing her custom wedding dress by Angela Kim Couture

"I had never thought I would have my dress custom made, but I’m so happy that I did!"

So thrilled that I trusted Angela to make my bridal gown. It truly was special to walk down the aisle in something that was one-of-a-kind.

—Katie N.
Asheville, NC

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The Custom Wedding Dress Design Process

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Consult & Conceptualize

First, you’ll fill out our consultation form and send Angela your inspiration photos. She'll contact you for a free consultation to discuss your ideas and influences. Then you'll visit our upscale Asheville atelier. Or if you’re out-of-town, we’ll make arrangements for a video chat or phone conference.

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Design & Create

Next, Angela will design an original pattern for your dress, and you’ll meet with her for fitting sessions. If you’re local, time is built-in for regular alterations and fittings, which allow you to monitor the evolving design throughout the tailoring process.

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Fit & Finalize

After the final fitting session, Angela will make any last minute adjustments, if you’re one of our local brides. Because every dress is made-to-order, most clients need few if any alterations. You can expect the entire process to take from 6 to 12 months.

Custom Couture Bridal Gown Sketch

Custom Means — Bespoke, One of a Kind and Created Just for You

Every dress begins as a detailed, hand-drawn sketch of your original ideas. An original pattern is created according to your specific measurements, and then brought to life in luxurious fabrics and embellishments that you select.  Nothing is prefabricated, no mixing and matching pieces from an archive.  Your custom dress will be a one-of-a-kind design, inspired by you.

Couture Means — Custom Fitted, Handmade and Luxurious

Nothing is more important to the design of your dress than a perfect fit.  This is almost impossible to achieve with an off-the-rack dress, even with extensive alterations.  Angela’s dresses are constructed by hand and exquisitely tailored to meet your unique specifications.  

You’ll be amazed by how perfectly the finished result fits your body. You’ll be even more excited by how beautiful you look and feel in a design that was isnpired by your own unique style!

Common Questions

Angela’s mission is to provide her brides with a unique and memorable experience by bringing their dream custom wedding dress to life with a one-of-a-kind design using the highest quality fabrics and details. She works closely with each client to ensure that every detail is perfect, and that the dress is as uniquely beautiful as the bride. Angela has worked internationally as a fashion designer for nearly 20 years, and she brings an expert and personal touch to every project.

Angela creates one-of-a-kind, couture dresses at a price determined by a number of factors, like fabric selection and embellishments, number of fittings, and construction time. Like every client’s vision, every project is unique.  Please contact us for a quote on your project, and Angela will help guide you to the right solution for your needs.

The design process takes anywhere from six to twelve months. Project length is determined by the complexity of each dress and the bride’s timeline. The length of construction is dependent upon the fabrics and details you select.  Time is built-in for regular alterations and fittings, which allow you to monitor the evolving design throughout the tailoring process.

Yes! Angela is happy to create couture bridesmaid dresses as well as one-of-a-kind mother-of-the-bride and groom dresses.

Yes! In addition to couture wedding dresses, Angela also designs rehearsal dinner dresses, evening gowns, cocktail dresses and other bespoke clothing.

Yes! Let Angela know during your consultation what accessories you have in mind. She can also provide assistance with styling and other details.

Angela is located in Asheville, North Carolina. She assists clients both locally and around the country. If you are located outside of the Southeast or cannot travel to Asheville, you can do your design consultation via Skype, phone or email.

Visits to our atelier are by appointment only.

While Angela certainly encourages you to travel to Asheville for fitting sessions if it is possible for you, it is not absolutely required, and she can work with you remotely over Facetime or Skype, phone and email. In some special cases, she may be able to travel to your location.

Among the joys of the custom wedding dress design experience are the meetings you'll have with Angela as your dream dress comes to life.

We encourage you to bring your favorite family and friends with you to share in the fun you'll have during the design process at Angela's Asheville atelier.

Absolutely! There is no extra charge for our local or visiting brides who have fitting sessions at our Asheville atelier. Your fitting sessions are an important and fun part of the process as your dream dress comes to life.  Our out-of-town brides will need to have measurements (according to specifications we will provide) taken by your local seamstress.

All of our dresses are designed according to your custom measurements. If you are not having your measurements taken by Angela, she will provide you with all the information you will need to have your local seamstress take your measurements. If the measurements are taken properly and you do not experience major weight changes, the dress will need few if any alterations, as it has already been made-to-meausure. Any further alterations would be up to you.

The best way to prepare for our initial consultation is to gather ideas about your personal bridal style. Ask yourself questions like: What trends am I drawn to? What fabrics do I love? What silhouettes make me feel beautiful?

Next, set aside time to research. Page through bridal magazines, browse Pinterest for ideas, perhaps even try on a few dresses at a boutique.

Make sure to take pictures and save examples of what you like and dislike and bring them to your meeting (or email them to us beforehand)! Angela will work with you to develop an inspiration and include key elements that are important to your bridal vision.

It can start with the love of a certain fabric, beading, design element or even a silhouette. Each design process is tailored for you so there is no wrong way to start as we work together to bring your gown to reality!

After your free initial design consultation, Angela requires a 70% deposit before beginning your project.  The remaining 30% balance is due at the final fitting session, or before delivery if you are working remotely (or if there are no fitting sessions).

Angela accepts PayPal and credit cards, as well as cash or checks.

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Angela's schedule is filling up fast!

Angela is now booking brides with wedding dates as soon as March 2020. 

Hurry now and secure your spot on her schedule!  The custom couture design process takes from 6 to 12 months, so get started early for your best experience!

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