Jill Alexander vintage-inspired bridal wear, Puss Puss corsetry and wedding dress couture service

Straps or no straps? Victorian, Edwardian or early 1900s? Brides can trust Jill to listen to their needs and deliver their perfect dress or bridal outfit. Fabrics and colours are carefully matched with skin tones, and our couture service means you will have the perfect fit for your important day. Jill Alexander has created this couture service based on her 40 years experience in the fashion industry both here and in Europe. She will work alongside you to design the dress of your dreams. Each dress design is as individual as you are; no two weddings or brides are the same. Your dress should be just as unique. Visit Jill and enjoy a free consultation and experience trying on our vintage inspired dresses and corsets. Bring magazine cuttings of your favourite outfits so Jill can visually understand your ideas.

Your ideas are then sketched and sent to you along with an estimate for the designs you have selected before any commitment is required from you. The finished dress also includes, free of charge, a ribbon embroidered with your initials & your wedding date; sewn into your dress or corset which gives you a unique and priceless heirloom for the future.

Prices start at $1250 for a 1920s beaded lace dress. The Victorian Corset Dress will transform any body shape into the timelessly chic hourglass shape. You will be amazed at the difference. Our most popular style is the boned Victorian corset, satin chemise and bustle layered skirts combination. Prices do vary dependent on the fabrics selected and the degree of workmanship.

Once the design and fabric for your dress is selected, they are stored away until a few (weeks/months) before your wedding date. Why? Because in our experience most brides shed weight as the day gets nearer. By having a pre-agreed date you would like your dress to be completed, we guarantee the dress fits you on the day of delivery. In addition to this, Jill is still available to you to make fitting changes nearer the day if needed and we offer a wedding day dressing service for brides marrying in the Nelson region.

Living Outside Nelson?

For brides living outside the Nelson region, Jill can offer a couture service that requires three fittings. Please contact us with your requirements and we will send you full details.

This couture design service is achieved by telephone calls and emails. Sketches and fabric swatches are sent to you by post, along with the prices of each bridal garment. Once you are happy that Jill has designed your perfect dress, we do require a non-refundable deposit so the fabrics can be ordered and ready here in our studio for your visit.

Here you will have the opportunity to try on different garments to help you complete the final decision on the ultimate design of your dress. We do not start dressmaking until you arrive. Each detail is discussed with you for every step of your creation.

It is essential to bring your bridal shoes so the dress length can be completed. On the day of your last fitting you will try on your beautiful finished dress. It will then be packed away for you to take home with you.

Our beautiful gowns are exquisitely detailed and lovingly designed for today’s modern, fashionable woman. Jill Alexander, MADCAT design director.

Vintage Inspried Bridal Wear

Satisfied Brides

Click here to find out what they had to say about our bridal wear.

I had the most beautiful wedding I could have imagined. I loved it being designed just for me. It fitted…


I would just like you know I had such an amazing time working with you through the process of making…

Vikki Rodger

Thank you so much for all your work to create my beautiful wedding dress. I had so many enquiries about…


Jill helped my vision become a reality with her design flair, as well as provided professional and efficient customer service.

Josephine Gillespie

Jill created an absolutely stunningly gorgeous wedding dress with her superb skills, ideas and her friendly personality made the whole…

Deb Hunter-Whitlock

Jill worked intimately with me on every special detail of my gown. She listened to my every suggestion, putting her…

Ciara Smith

My wedding dress experience was more than I could ever have ever hoped for. The Madcat designer was incredibly professional,…

Summer Donald

Jill was a pleasure to deal with and the process was fun and exciting. I loved what she designed for…

Ali Hamblin

Example Prices

1920s beaded lace dress from $1250 in sizes 8-18.

Classic bridal outfit from $2200 includes a traditional Victorian corset, chemise, skirt and bustle skirt.