Calèche Bridal House

As society, style and economies change, Calèche has transitioned seamlessly to cater to the needs of the modern woman.

With over 40 years of fine couture design experience spanning two generations, we decided to renovate our studio in order to go back to basics and focus our energy on creating intimate journeys for brides; from first fitting, to final stitch.

The showroom in Chapel St Norwood is unassuming and raw. However, every single fixture reflects what Calèche is about. Our community is at the heart of our studio and company.

The showroom was designed by local architect Damien Chwalisz. Damian understands our vision and has the ability to blend classic and contemporary to bring a studio to life.

Our timber has been sourced locally. All of the floor and wall panels are raw and unpolished and the mirrors and furniture have been created from salvaged timber.  Eric has known the carpenter Nikola Bosatlija for over 7 years and it is clear that the Caleche vision whispers from every fixture.

We source our fabric from countries such as Japan and France, and are now integrating contemporary design techniques to create bespoke one-off designs that literally cannot be recreated. Constructed by hand from start to finish, all of our gowns are made from high quality, detailed fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail.

Calèche is about sustainability in all areas of life, Our entire production process occurs in our Chapel St premises. We support local charities,  sponsor sports clubs and have been in connection with Finesse ever since our founder Colette mentored Brigette as a model.

Liz reflected on this at the launch. With every stitch sewn in our Adelaide workshop, every dress tailored exactly to suit the bride. The team is there every step of the journey and the most rewarding part is seeing the photo’s of the day knowing that we contributed to those beautiful memories.

Today, Calèche gowns are stocked in selected boutiques across Australia and New Zealand while the Calèche Bridal House is a fresh setting for brides-to-be to view the latest collections or have their dream gown made especially for them.

 Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm, Thursdays until 7pm and Saturdays by appointment.



Bride of the Month – September – Amber Davies

We adore a great love story, and one of our absolute favourites is that of two souls being in the right place at the right time. For Calèche Real Bride Amber and her husband it was exactly that, having known of each other for a few years through their local church, it was simply right place right time that stirred a deeper friendship and eventually love.


Reflecting on the day Amber remembers feeling relaxed and excited whilst getting ready with her friends, the rain from the day before had cleared and the sun was pouring through the hotel windows. She remembers arriving at Westminster Schools Sir Shirley Jeffries Chapel and waiting to walk down the aisle and see her husband, Marks face. That moment of quiet and then that moment when you can actually walk down the aisle was so special to Amber.


In Ambers words, ‘the highlight of my Calèche experience was definitely how helpful everyone was. From my first appointment there I was totally understood, even when I didn’t know how to describe what I wanted all the ladies that helped me got what I was trying to say and nothing was too hard. I never felt bad for asking to have something changed, and they never forced suggestions or opinions on me, just allowed it to be completely my own dress which I loved. And the customer service was just fabulous… I would walk in after a bad day at work and walk out feeling great because of how the staff were so kind!’


It was such a pleasure to create your unique outfit for you Amber, we think you looked absolutely radiant and wish you and Mark every happiness in the world x

Images by Whitewall Photography.










Voucher has now been redeemed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner. Details appear in SA Life magazine.

Conditions applying to the following:



$2,500 off Wedding Gownssalife


Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 11/11/2017.




Conditions applying to the following:




$100 off Evening Gowns

$200 off Wedding Gowns



Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.




Conditions applying to the following:




$100 off Evening Gowns

$200 off Wedding Gowns



Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.



Conditions applying to the following:


$100 off Evening Gowns

$200 off Wedding Gowns



Voucher is redeemable on the purchase of a Calèche gown from the Calèche store in Norwood, not redeemable for cash, no change given, not cumulative – limit of one voucher per gown – and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or offer or pre-existing contract, lay-by or purchase. Unadulterated original must be produced on redemption and prior to any negotiation on price and must be used no later than 31/12/2017.

Calèche renovates their Norwood boutique.


There is a great buzz in the air at Calèche Bridal of late. We are renovating!

Our little boutique has been completely stripped back and we are creating a brand new showroom for our deserving brides. The renovations will be going until mid September and we cannot wait to unveil our new ‘industrial’ look showroom to you all. We are so grateful for everyones patience as the build continues.

The showroom remains on site however in a much smaller area, so to view the dresses is a strictly appointment only basis until the renovations are completed. We will be shouting from the rooftops with excitement when its completed so you will be sure to know when all has returned to normal. x Ms Calèche.


Introducing our Bride of the month for March, Lauren Smyth.

On November 28, 2015 Lauren wed her love, Lachlan at Carrick Hill. The wedding was a black and white theme to which the dress and venue suited perfectly. Meeting as teenagers through friends, it took Lauren and Lachlan another 15years to reconnect and inevitably wed!

Reflecting on the day Lauren highlighted that a special moment for the couple was to step out from the reception and watch the sunset over Adelaide together. She had heard that your wedding day can be quite a blur, and that it was. To stop and enjoy a moment together before rejoining the celebrations was priceless.

Lauren wore our ‘Gia’ gown in cream for the wedding, with detachable straps. Enjoying the versatility of these straps, she wore them for the formal part of the evening and took them off before their first dance and sunset photos. She couldn’t speak highly enough of her dress, and we were so grateful to hear her lovely feedback that ‘the whole process with the dress and working with your staff was a pleasure, and I cannot recommend you highly enough to friends.’ The pleasure was all ours Lauren, you looked absolutely radiant on your day,

Ms Calèche. x







It seems it was being in the right place at the right time for our January Bride of the Month, Prue and her husband Tom. Despite growing up only half an hour away from each other, it took going to Uni in Adelaide and then venturing back to the South East to finally meet at a dinner with mutual friends. The rest, as they say, is history.

Brands Liara Winery in the Coonawarra was where they wed in front of family and friends, and it was the first wedding the winery would host. Guests enjoyed pre drinks in the cellar door before the reception in the barrel shed.

When Prue came to Calèche she knew the exact dress she was after; a fitted mermaid silhouette with a flared skirt and bubble hem, deep sweetheart neckline and all over rouching detail. How could we resist creating this all over silk gown!

When reflecting on her day Prue mentioned that a highlight was taking a moment before dinner to just enjoy some quality time with Tom. Photographer Amy Agnew took some more photos as they enjoyed time to reflect, relax and laugh together. They knew they had done all they could to make this a truly memorable day and it looks to have been just that. x Ms Caleche


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Introducing to you our bride of the Month for December, Velinka.

What a beautiful, complimentary lady Velinka is. From the first moment we contacted her about becoming our bride of the month she was full of praise to the team who helped make her day everything she had ever dreamt of.
Velinka came to Caleche looking for a personal and unique gown, and through working with designer Liz, we were able to create the dress of her dreams. Using a combination of corded and uncorded Chantilly meant there was a harmonious blend between sheer and solid detailing throughout the dress. The sheer scallop boat neck flowed into a deep V in the back and finished with a soft satin ribbon around the waist, whilst the lace skirt trickled down into the organza overlay.

The day itself began at St Laurence’s Church in North Adelaide, where Velinka and her husband celebrated their friendship that had blossomed into love. Conveniently timed during the Fringe Season the bridal party then took a stroll through the Garden and captured the festive ambience perfectly with photographer Mink Studios, before heading to the National Wine Centre for the reception to commence.

Velinka highlighted that a special moment of the day was during their first dance when they both stopped for a moment to look around and appreciate how perfect everything was. It had all come together and they were surrounded by all their loved ones.
Special thanks must be given to florist the team at Eliza W Flora, who Velinka said went above and beyond for her on the day. It sounds like a perfect celebration to me.
Congratulations Velinka, wishing you a lifetime of happiness xx Ms Caleche.







Introducing our bride of the month for November, Brigid Agnew.

What a modern day romance Brigid and husband Rohan have celebrated. They met online and from their first meeting, knew they were embarking upon something special. With the birth of their son Patrick in the first 12 months of their relationship things were moving quickly, however both were absolutely thrilled.

Whilst on a stroll through the Adelaide hills Brigid and Rohan stumbled upon Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Stirling, and it was settled, this quaint church was where they were to be married. Wishing to embrace Rohans Scottish heritage a theme was quickly chosen, and Brigid highlighted that that was one of her favourite aspects of the day. Rohan and his groomsmen wore traditional kilts (and evidently so did a lot of the guests), and it was a particularly special memory for Brigid, seeing her man waiting for her at the altar.

Brigid chose to wear our ‘Angelina’ dress with its delicate lace, its natural femininity, and the subtle pearl buttons down the back that finish the gown perfectly. She mentioned the hardest part of the dress shopping for her was deciding which dress she loved most, and this gown was it.
The Bridal party wandered through the picturesque town of Piccadilly for photos with photographer Bridget Quain, before beginning the reception at Mount Lofty House. The traditions continued through what sounds to have been a wildly festive evening. A Scottish Ceilidh dance was performed and there was a traditional fiddle group for entertainment.

What a beautiful celebration this must have been, highlighting their culture, and their love for one another.

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Brigid. Wishing you and Rohan a beautiful life together.

Xx Ms Caleche.






Calèche help a bride caught up in the Johanna Johnson Collapse.

Last night, A Current Affair reported on the liquidation of company ‘Johanna Johnson, and the distress for 50 brides who now have no dress for their wedding day. At Calèche, having been in the industry for 43 years it always saddens us to see bridal companies close down, however it really upsets us to see displaced brides with no way to turn.

Upon hearing the news, Business Director Eric flew the new range to Sydney as soon as it was possible, to lend a hand of support and offer one of the displaced brides, Alannah, a second chance. The team at A Current Affair wished to film the story of Alannahs journey and we were so grateful that Calèche stockist ‘Fashion by Farina’ allowed us to film in their Sydney CBD store. Fashion by Farina shares the same passion and commitment to brides as Calèche; both second generation businesses whom together combine over 90 years in the industry.
It was there that Alannah had a fitting with staff to help find the perfect dress to be married in, and whilst the final design is a secret until the big day, the two favourites that caught Alannahs eye were the ‘Belle’ and ‘Paige’ dresses.

This has been an incredible opportunity for the team at Calèche to give back to a bride in need. We, like Fashions by Farina, work in this industry because we love what we do and seeing a bride who feels stunning in her wedding dress is something that never fails to satisfy.
We look forward to working with Fashions by Farina as this dress comes to life, and we will be sure to keep you updated as we journey toward Alannahs October wedding. What was such a distressing situation has now, we hope, put a big smile on the face of a very deserving bride.

French connection for luxurious Adelaide bridal gown house Calèche

The awarding of the $50 billion submarine contract to France has sparked vivid memories and family reminisces by the team at Adelaide’s luxury bridal gown house Calèche.

Eric Foubert from Caleche was delighted with the awarding of the contract to French company DCNS as announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday (April 26).

Eric’s parents Olivier and Colette were both born in France – as was Eric himself – and the Foubert family has been instrumental in forging business and community links between South Australia and France over many decades.
Olivier Foubert OAM was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service to business, tourism and the community in work that has been acknowledged by both France and Australia.

He was a driving force of the French-Australian Business Club of SA, and highly visible in the promotion and understanding of French culture, as well as being highly active in the development of bilateral trade links between Australia and France.
According to Eric: “Our family came from France to Australia in 1973 when our parents founded the family business and for many years until the death of our mother, Caleche was exporting its Adelaide-made wedding dresses to France.
“From there it was distributed to several stores in France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland.
“Now in its second generation, my brother Herve and I are still in the business. Hèrve’s wife Elizabeth who was previously a London-based designer first joined the business in France and worked under my mother until her retirement in 2002.
“Many Calèche designs use beautiful laces and embroideries that come from France and we are also proud to say that Calèche received a visit by former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard (AC) in its Norwood store and workrooms.
In another link to France, the efforts of Olivier Foubert allowed Calèche designer Colette to sit alongside designer Pierre Cardin at the Australian Bicentenary Celebration organised by the Australian Embassy in Paris in 1988.
Eric said: “This then led to our Adelaide handcrafted wedding dresses being sold in France. Talk about selling coal to Newcastle!”

In yet another French-South Australian twist, Eric recalls a fashion event Caleche was involved in onboard a visiting French warship.
“I think the idea stemmed for a discussion between the French Admiral of the French Marine Nationale who sat on the Terra Australis Committee in Paris, former Prime Minister Michel Rocard (AC), and my father who seized the opportunity to do something quite memorable,” Eric said.
“It was an incredible event having models parading our Calèche gowns on a visiting French warship and being walked by Naval officers and sailors in their resplendent uniforms on the deck of a warship.
“One of the highlights occurred when three models each wearing one of the three colours of the French flag walked on the helicopter runway, which received a lot of applause from the local personalities and dignitaries on board.”
Eric said that while France is renowned for fashion elegance, sophistication and fine cuisine, the country also has a strong scientific and technological power base.

“In addition to the initial and obvious economic benefits through jobs for South Australians, this submarine contract will see South Australia benefit from close cooperation with France in other industries such as food and tourism widening existing channels,” Eric said.

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