Design Your Dream Custom Mother of the Bride Dress!

It’s your daughter’s big day. It’s your big day, too!

Design your custom fitted, bespoke mother of the bride dress in collaboration with Angela—because you deserve to wear something as unique as you are!

Cara posing on a veranda in her custom mother-of-the-bride dress with her daughter Morgan.

Imagine having a custom couture dream dress designed just for you!

Finding the perfect wedding dress is difficult.  Finding the perfect mother of the bride or groom dress is even more challenging.  If you’ve tried shopping for something off the rack, then you know there aren’t very many inspiring styles to choose from.

Angela Kim knows how to bring your special vision to life in luxurious, custom wedding apparel.  You’ll have an unforgettable experience that you can share with your daughter as you prepare together for the big day.

Angela is an expert at creating just the right look to compliment you and the bride. She tells your unique story in the finest fabrics with rich details.

You’ll appreciate the experience of working with a professional designer who knows how to guide the process and effortlessly bring out your best look.

Not local? No problem.

Angela works with clients from across the region and around the country. She can consult with you via video chat, phone or email.

About the Custom Design Process

Angela is a couture dress designer and dressmaker with over 20 years of experience working internationally in the fashion industry.  She brings an expert and professional touch to every project, ensuring that all the details are perfect, using only the highest quality fabrics and embellishments.  All of Angela’s dresses are one-of-a-kind designs, inspired by your vision and story.  You’ll love the look and feel of a custom couture dress, and you’ll cherish the memorable, luxurious experience of working with a professional designer.

During your first meeting with Angela, you’ll talk about ideas and concepts for your dress, choose fabrics and select a silhouette.  Bring pictures or examples of what you like, and what you don’t.  If you are coordinating your look with the bride, Angela will help you develop a vision that incorporates your key elements and compliments the bride’s style.  If you’re visiting our atelier, invite the bride to join you and share a memorable moment as you bring your dream dress to life together.

The couture design process normally requires from nine to twelve months, depending on a number of factors. The length of your project will vary according to the complexity of the design and the bride’s timeline. Construction time depends on the fabrics and details we’ve selected.

Fitting sessions are an important and fun part of the construction process as your dress comes to life.  To provide a Covid-safe experience, Angela offers virtual fitting sessions via video conference.

All of Angela’s custom couture dresses are designed according to your measurements. If you are not available to have Angela take your measurements herself, you will need to have your local seamstress take them according to instructions we will provide. When properly measured (and provided that the client does not experience major weight changes), the dress should need few if any alterations. Any further alterations after the dress has been delivered would be up to the client.

The price of your one-of-a-kind, custom couture design will be determined by a number of factors, including fabric selection and details, the number of fitting sessions, and construction time. Like every client, each project is unique, and Angela will help guide you to the right solution for your needs.  Please contact us for a quote on your project.

In addition to bridal apparel and mother of the bride dresses, Angela also designs cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and other bespoke clothing.

Nicole posing in her blue mother-of-the-bride-dress.
Danielle posing in her gold mother-of-the-bride-dress.

My Expert Advice and Tips for Having Your MOB Dress Custom Made

1. Coordinate Your Dress with the Bride and the Wedding Party

You want to look fabulous, obviously, but make sure you aren’t competing with the bride.  Take into consideration what the other mother and the rest of the wedding party will be wearing, and how your dress will look in group photos.  Pick a color that coordinates with the wedding theme, but also looks good with your skin tone. 

2. Highlight Your Best Features

You want to pick a dress silhouette and style that highlights your best feature and shows your body strategically.  Certain areas of concern (like the backs of your arms, underarms and waist) can be mitigated with the right cut and fabrics. The key concept is to work with what you have, and don’t make extreme body changes like trying to lose a lot of weight — usually it’s just too stressful and totally unnecessary.  Flatter your current body type with an appropriate dress that has smooth outlines. 

3. Look Fabulous — Be Comfortable!

You can wear any style you like (I prefer full length gowns because they are more elegant), so long as it’s appropriate to the event.  But the main thing to keep in mind is comfort. Remember that you’ll need to be able to sit, eat and dance, so choose a style that feels as good as it looks.

4. Complete the Look with Accessories

Wear some good shapewear for fit and support. Match your shoes with your dress, and complete your outfit with appropriate jewelry.  For styling, don’t forget to pamper yourself with a trip to the salon for hair, skin and nails. Be sure to moisturize and exfoliate any skin you’ll be showing (neck, elbows, knees and heels) on the day of the event. 

What Angela’s Clients Are Saying

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 17, 2019

I wanted to look fabulous for my son’s wedding, but off-the-rack dresses don’t fit me well. I took some pictures of styles I liked, and Angela designed the perfect combination of the features I wanted. Her expertise resulted in such a gorgeous dress! It fits me perfectly, and the finish work is fantastic with cloth-covered buttons, lace edging, and she made two sashes of different colors for versatility. She knew just how I wanted the dress to move for dancing, and gave me expert advice on the length, fabrics, and details. She captured the look and personality of the dress I dreamed of, and I am so grateful!

— Nina D.
Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 27, 2018

I first heard about Angela when I was in Asheville for a weekend and came across an article about her in a local magazine. It mentioned that she not only designed wedding dresses, but also offered the same service for mother of the bride gowns. I had just gone through the process of looking for a dress for my son’s wedding and was a little discouraged that it was so difficult to find exactly what I wanted and the right fit. A year later, when I was in the market for a dress for my daughter’s wedding, I decided to give her a call.

I explained in general terms what I imagined my ideal dress to be and Angela came through with exactly what I had envisioned. She goes the extra mile to make the whole process enjoyable and sheis always available when there are questions or concerns.

I did travel to her shop to decide on the design and fabric, and then a few times for the fittings, but who isn’t looking for a good excuse to visit Asheville?

I highly recommend her services.

— Patricia G.
Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 6, 2018

The experience of working with Angela was the least stressful part of planning my entire wedding weekend! The dress she made for my mom to wear to the wedding was stunning! The experience of working with Angela to custom design our outfits was one that the two of us will always treasure. She is an incredible designer to work with. Not only does she have an amazing sense of design and attention to detail, but she really listens to her customers to create something special, unique, and beautiful!

— Helene