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HBS 2021: Wendy Makin

Established for over 30 years, Wendy Makin prides herself on continuing to design dresses for real brides. We found out about the influences behind her latest collection, and what the key to the brand’s success has been.

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Can you tell me about the history behind Wendy Makin?

Wendy Makin is recognised as one of Australia’s best bridal wear designers. After more than 30 years designing for brides, her gowns have become known for their quality of design, fit and manufacture. Using only the best quality fabrics and laces from all over the world this multi award-winning designer produces a unique collection of gowns for today’s modern bride. Wendy’s fresh designs are perfectly suited for brides who are looking for modern styling with a classic fit.

What are the brand’s secrets to success?

Wendy is the key to our success, she continues to be passionate and enthusiastic about every single design. We also pride ourselves on having great customer service and amazing relationships with the boutiques that stock our collections.

Can you tell us three interesting facts about the brand?

  1. Wendy Makin designs dresses based on feedback from our customers
  2. Wendy Makin offers 3 different collections to suit all budgets
  3. Wendy Makin is a real person, designing dresses for real brides

What influenced and inspired the current collection?

The new French Collection was inspired from Wendy’s love of the Riviera, so she has used a variety of laces and soft light fabrics, such as soft tulles and flowing chiffons, which flatter the body and feel amazing to wear. Wendy is always inspired by real brides.

What design trends have emerged from the collection?

3D flowers feature heavily in the French Collection, along with very subtle stunning bead work.

What accessories do you imagine brides would pair Wendy Makin dresses with?

We often pair flower crowns, hair vines or a beautiful pair of hexagonal gold loop/pearl earrings with our dresses.

How can retailers get in touch to order from your latest collection?

Visit us at the Harrogate Bridal Show on the Designer Aisle at Stand Q35. You can also email us at uksales@wendymakin.co.uk or call Libby on 07771 542042.

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