My wedding dress experience was more than I could ever have ever hoped for. The Madcat designer was incredibly professional, experienced and personal. I absolutely love my dress and it was down to the special elements that we designed together to make it unique to me. It was fantastic how flexible we could be with the design and adjustments during the whole experience. My dress was the most enjoyable part of the whole wedding preparation and it was thanks to the designer and her passionate expertise!
Every one of my wedding dresses is unique, designed especially for each individual bride. My 40 years plus of experience as fashion designer, fashion lecturer and pattern cutter provides a unique opportunity for me to work together with my brides to achieve the dress of their dreams.
Jill helped my vision become a reality with her design flair, as well as provided professional and efficient customer service.
Jill worked intimately with me on every special detail of my gown. She listened to my every suggestion, putting her specialist, creative touch, into making it a gorgeous balance of vintage yet classic and modern elements, sourcing the best fabrics from within NZ and abroad.
I had the most beautiful wedding I could have imagined. I loved it being designed just for me. It fitted me to perfection.
I would just like you know I had such an amazing time working with you through the process of making my wedding dress you made it seem so easy and I didn’t stress or worry about my dress as much as I did other things. You both made me feel like a princess and I felt like more of one wearing what you had created for me, being able to put my ideas in and to see it all come together was an experience I will never forget, right down to the embroidered skull and cross bones. I can’t wait to wear it again which I will be in June for our bride of the year competition.
Jill created an absolutely stunningly gorgeous wedding dress with her superb skills, ideas and her friendly personality made the whole experience one that I will always remember.
Thank you so much for all your work to create my beautiful wedding dress. I had so many enquiries about it and will be recommending you to all.
Jill was a pleasure to deal with and the process was fun and exciting. I loved what she designed for me including customized embroidery that made the outfit even more special to us as a couple.
History provides us with such a rich selection of styles to choose from. You may have a favourite era, I can create anything from a 1920s beaded lace dress to a steam punk multi-layered creation complete with Victorian style corset and bustle skirt or perhaps you would like a gracious 1950s ball grown or an empire line gown from the 1800s time of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.
Each dress is made to measure from scratch in my Nelson workshop following on from our initial consultation to ensure your dress fulfils your dreams, enhances your body shape and is within your budget. My individually designed wedding dresses start from $2,500 and I can provide an estimate at your first FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION.
The process begins with your free consultation. In order for me to fully understand and visualise your dreams you will need to bring images that have inspired you, maybe from magazines, Pinterest, etc. You can try on the vintage inspired dresses and corsets that I keep in my workshop (limited sizes) and we can consider your body shape, skin tone and your inspiration to enable us achieve the truly unique dress of your dreams for your perfect wedding day. I will then sketch out the designs and send them to you along with an estimate before any commitment is required from you.
When you are happy I have designed your perfect dress I will need a non-refundable $500 deposit. I will then reserve/order the fabric to ensure it is ready here in my studio for your next visit which will be three to four months before your wedding date. During this visit I will take your full measurements to begin the pattern cutting process. Why the wait? Because in our experience many brides shed weight as the day gets nearer. At this visit we agree the date your dress will be completed which can be a week before your wedding day to ensure I have done everything I can to ensure your dress fits you perfectly on your special day.
Brides who live outside the Nelson area need to allow for three fittings after the initial consultation.
I allow a maximum of four visits following on from the initial consultation, the first to take your body measurements (for brides outside Nelson, this can be done over the phone), the second is the fitting of the mock (toile) dress. At this fitting you must bring the underwear and shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day. The third visit is the fitting of the dress, to allow time for alterations. The fifth and final visit is to confirm the fit and define the finished length. You will then need to collect your finished dress (when you are welcome to try your dress on again) or we can courier to you.
If additional fitting (to those defined above) are required after the toile fitting due to changes to the original design, changes to the selected lace or fabric, change of body measurements, change of shoe/heel height, an additional hourly rate will need to be charged.
I also offer a wedding day dressing service for brides marrying within the Nelson region.
Summer brides (December to March) need to allow a minimum 12 week lead-in period from design to collection. Winter brides just need to contact me and we can take it from there.
Living Outside Nelson?
For brides living outside the Nelson region, I offer the same couture service that requires a minimum of three fittings. Please contact us and talk through your requirements.
My unique bridal gowns are individually designed and exquisitely detailed for today’s contemporary fashionable woman.
Jill Alexander, MADCAT design director.
1920s beaded lace dress from $2,500.
Victorian bridal outfit or Steam Punk look from $3,500 includes a traditional Victorian corset, chemise and bustle skirt.
1950’s satin Dior ball gown with corseted waist from $3,250