Meet The Team
Rachel is one of two directors of Once Upon A Dress. Rachel has a HND in Fashion Design and over 15 years experience as a bridal seamstress. Rachel worked in a Bridal Couture House in her early career, where she found her forte. Rachel loves bespoke dressmaking, creating one off bridal gowns unique to each bride. There's no job that phases her and she genuinely cares for the bride wanting their dress to fit perfectly for the big day.
Fun Fact: Rachel got married in secret and didn't wear a wedding dress!!
Samantha is the other director of Once Upon A Dress. Samantha has a BA Honors Degree in Fashion Design. Samantha went straight into the bridal industry upon graduating. Having been a bridal seamstress for over 6 years, bridal is her passion. Samantha has a hugely creative eye and loves putting it to use on our social media. She loves designing and gives valuable input into the bespoke dressmaking, enjoying seeing a design come to life for each brides special day.
Fun Fact: Got engaged in Central Park, NYC!
Robbie joined our team in March 2016, as our 'front of house'. Having vast experience in retail and a HND in Fashion Design she has a keen eye for detail. She loves spending time with the customers, helping them style their look. She loves organizing our studio and being a friendly face to the brides putting them as ease during their fittings.
Robbie has gained huge experience in the time she has been with us now being a confident fitter and enjoys helping brides in bespoke consultations creating their dream designs.
Fun Fact: The joker of the team, has us all in stitches! (no pun intended).
Jade joined our team in May 2017 and is now our Manager in the group. She has a Degree in Costume Design and Textiles where she studied at Huddersfield University. Jade is an extremely creative individual and loves putting this to use for her brides who want to remodel their dress into something new and different. Jade loves all the delicate parts to bridal such as lace and beading. If your looking to add a little bit of sparkle Jade's your girl.
Fun Fact: Is doing a fundraising challenge for St Catherine's where she will be completing the Atlas mountain challenge in Morocco.
Sophie came to us for work experience February 2018. She is currently on a work experience gap year whilst studying Costume Design and Textiles at Huddersfield University. Sophie has been such a great addition to us that we wanted her to join us back in between her studies and officially be a part of our team.
Fun Fact: Bakes the best cakes!
Aimee joined our team in May 2016. She has a Post graduate Diploma in Pattern and Garment Technology and a degree in Fashion Design. Aimee loves anything technical from pattern cutting to alterations. She loves that every job is different and that everyday brings a new challenge.
Aimee enjoys intricate bodice work and will always go that extra mile for her brides to get their dress fitting them perfectly.
Fun Fact: Lives on a farm with 7 dogs! (Crazy pug lady).
Naomi joined our team in March 2018. She has a degree in Fashion Design where she studied in Hull. Naomi had been travelling for the 4 years previous to joining our team where she traveled from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (just to name a few). In this time she worked as a machinist for Rue De Seine where she gained vast experience and knowledge in bridal. Naomi has a keen eye for detail and is a perfectionist when it comes to her work.
Fun Fact: Loves adventure and has even done a sky dive!