'This is my art. I want women to feel exceptionally special on their wedding day, confident that no one will ever be wearing the same gown.'
Kasia (pronounced 'Kasha') was born in a village near Warsaw where tradition decrees that each baby must choose from a selection of objects to determine its future. Kasia reached out and touched the scissors and was soon making clothes for herself and school friends, adding her own creative spin to designs she loved in magazines.
After moving to England, she was spotted by embroidery designer Cathryn Avison - whose film credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella - making and embroidering dresses and cashmere for the Avison fashion label before launching her own in 2016.
Kasia colourwashes and embroiders the finest natural fabrics - luxurious satins, smooth silks, floaty chiffon and exquisite French lace - to create her fairytale style. Each piece, as unique as the bride it adorns, effortlessly flatters the body ensuring that the bride looks beautiful for herself and her guests - and especially for her husband to be.'
In 2017 she opened her couture bridal studio in her countryside home in West Sussex and this is where all the designs are created and the gowns are made.
'This isn't just buying a dress. I put my heart into every single gown. Each takes many hours of detailed work. This is my art. I want women to feel exceptionally special on their wedding day, confident that no one will ever be wearing the same gown.'
Making each dress a personal statement with ideas and inspiration taken from the heart of the bride is the very essence of Kasia Austin's intuitive designs.
Her aim is to make you feel exceptionally special on your wedding day, wearing a unique gown of pure romance.
Creating the dress of your dreams begins with your first appointment with the designer Kasia Austin, who will invite you and your guests to her studio, where you and your guests will be welcomed with bubbles and canapés.You will have the chance to try on a variety of gowns, including the Love's Young Dream Collection, which is made from colour washed and embroidered luxurious natural fabrics-smooth silks, floaty chiffon, delicate tulle and exquisite French lace-to create fairytale style. Each piece, as unique as the bride it adorns, effortlessly flatters the body. There is also a range of bridesmaid and flower-girl dresses-Abigail-that are similarly bespoke.
Guiding you every step the way, Kasia will listen to what is important so that you have a truly one-off dress that is intensely personal. She will advise you on the best design for your body shape, materials, colours and then take detailed measurements, design drawings and make notes.
Once you are happy with the design, she will begin making your dream dress.
Once the design has been finalised, there will be a further three to four fittings. The first is called a toile fitting. This will be the structural fitting of the gown. Then there will be two more fittings before the final check fitting. This should be done as close to the wedding as possible, to ensure the dress is absolutely perfect and that the bride looks beautiful for herself and especially for her husband to be.
Photograph by Nicki Feltham Photography.
Photograph by Hamish Cameron
In our elegant country house studio, you will have a personal appointment with the designer herself, Kasia Austin, in which you'll be able to create your dream dress. Appointments are usually two hours. We provide bubbles and canapés for you and your guests. You will also be able to view the workroom where all the dresses and accessories are handmade and embroidered.