Welcome to our new Wedding Dress collection … Illumination.

Hello brides-to-be,

A few months ago I asked my designers to come up with a brand new wedding dress collection that would knock your socks off. Brace yourself for chilly winter toes, because they more than delivered!

Drumroll ladies … it is with great pleasure that I present to you Illumination.

I’ve asked the mastermind behind the new collection, our incredibly talented lead designer Liz Foubert, to share with you the inspiration behind the new designs and a few tips to help you on your way to finding your dream dress. Enjoy the journey and I hope you love the new collection as much as I do.


Liz Foubert, Calèche Head Designer, talks about the new Wedding dress styles Illumination and her tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown.

The starting place for designing a new collection is the same starting place for choosing your dream Wedding dress styles – you consider the figure it needs to showcase and the personality it needs to reflect. Illumination showcases some amazing new fabrics and translates classic vintage designs into modern, romantic looks that suit a range of sizes, shapes and individual styles.

I find that less is more when designing a dress, so each of the designs showcases one major detail, such as a beautiful lace embellishment or the sweep of a skirt. Stunning embroidered and sheer laces and soft tulle are key elements of the new collection, although you will also find a few new shapes in a more structured fabric. A few daring pieces, such as capes and boleros, offer something a little different and reflect the latest trends from the European runways.

Full Length DianaOne of my favourite dresses from the collection is Diana.

The lace is placed perfectly to complement the curves of the body, while pearl Bodice Detail Dianabuttons down the back and on the cuffs of the full-length sleeves provide a romantic touch. This dress is equally lovely with a delicate cap sleeve.

In fact, Diana lends itself to being customised quite easily – just by changing the shape of the underskirt, trailing the lace on the tulle or opting for a different belt you can create a very different look.

Back Detail Diana

There is often a lot of pressure to find your ‘dream dress’, but my best advice is to start your search with minimal expectations – you may not have the emotional reaction the movies lead you to expect, sometimes it’s more of a practical decision that needs to be made.

I’d also recommend not making a decision on your first viewing or outing, as sometimes you can feel pressured into a choosing a style you may not ultimately be happy with.

Most of all, have fun and remember the Calèche Bridal Consultants  are here to help – whether you have a clear vision of what you want or are looking for a little inspiration, we have the experience and the expertise to create your perfect bridal look.

To lace a little …

Hello brides-to-be,

Introducing Paige…for the modern bride looking for a touch ofHand drawn Paige romantic nostalgia.

A light and exquisite silky tulle skirt, delicate beaded lace with 3D floral accents, and champagne coloured satin base come together to create a fresh and unashamedly romantic wedding dress.

Full Length PaigeThe modern sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and thin satin belt highlight your body’s natural curves, while a hint of lace scallop detail around the neckline and at the shoulders add a feminine touch. This dress will win your heart with its clean lines and uncomplicated elegance.

For the perfect finishing touches add a simple raw veil – it will disappear into the layers of tulle in the skirt providing the illusion of a longer train, and subtle earrings or an understated bracelet from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.Bodice lace detail Paige

Love the look but want more cover up top? Consider changing the neckline to an illusion neckline with beading detail, or add a cap sleeve for a little more sparkle.

Lace back detail PaigeLove Paige just as she is, or want to add your own special touches? All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook or Pinterest for more ‘lace a little’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.


To lace a lot ….

Hello brides-to-be,

Autumn is in full swing, which means now is the time for our spring and summer brides to book in for your first dress consult.

We’re all so different and we believe in creating a bespoke gown to suit your style, shape and wedding theme. After all, this is the most important dress of your life.

All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

You might have a clear vision of how you want to look on your special day, or perhaps you are looking for a little inspiration.

Each month we’ll be featuring one of our amazing dresses, along with a little advice, to help take some of the guesswork out of finding the dress that best fits your body shape and personal style.Hand drawn Taylor

For the next few months we’ll be focussing on lace – to lace a little, a lot or not at all. Who knows, this month’s ‘lace a lot’ feature dress could just be The One.

Introducing Taylor…for the bride who embodies effortless beauty and timeless sophistication.

Full Dress Taylor

A champagne coloured lightweight satin provides the perfect backdrop for the delicate floral lace overlay with bold scallop detail that is the showpiece of this dress.

The long vertical scallop detail elongates the figure, while the front split creates an alluring glimpse of the legs when walking.

A mermaid flare starts from mid-thigh Skirt lace detail Taylorcreating a sleek silhouette, while on-trend long sleeves complete the look. This dress is the perfect blend of conservative and sexy and will take you from the church to cocktail hour seamlessly.

Bodice detail Taylor

Wondering about the finishing touches for this dress? A floor length veil in soft tulle or a wreath of flowers in the hair would look stunning. And perhaps a little sparkle with a set of pearl or diamante earrings from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.

Want to make the look a little more your own? Consider replacing the full length sleeve with a gathered cap sleeve for a more delicate feel; go strapless with scallop detailing over the neckline; fit the dress tightly under the bottom for a more figure-hugging look; or up the modesty quota by removing the split in the skirt and changing the direction of the lace so the scallop is around the hem only.

So many options, so many ways to create your picture perfect dress. We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook for more ‘lace a lot’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.


The Brides Diary in store

PrintWe are delighted to announce that the 2015 edition of The Brides Diary has been released and you can pick up your free copy from our store in Norwood!

The Brides Diary, South Australia

The Brides Diary, South Australia

Imagine our excitement when we first had word from The Brides Diary that our Lucille dress is featured on the front cover. Generally, dresses shown in magazine editorials are packed off and returned all alone so it is a surprise to Calèche to discover the styling of the team on the day.  We’ve been associated with The Brides Diary for so long now because not only is the magazine well presented and so useful for brides planning; their styling and photography crews have always done such a great job.

Don’t forget that Calèche and The Brides Diary have great facebook pages with more information and Real Brides, and pintrest can provide great inspiration.

Happy planning Brides-to-Be!



Izzy Daniel shines on the Brownlow 2014 red carpet in her Calèche Couture dress

PrintCalèche have been proud to support Izzy Daniel in her Brownlow 2014 Medal Award red carpet debut, as she accompanied partner Sam Jacobs (affectionately known as ‘Sauce‘)

Our designer Liz sat down with Izzy to design a dress especially for her, one that she could look back on over time and feel as special as the first time it was worn.

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The stunning evening dress developed into a figure hugging midnight blue satin fishtail gown. It was hand appliqued with beaded French lace over nude shoulders and when Izzy turned, you could see the plunging back detail. Glimpses of Izzy on the TV special event showed her brilliant smile and sparkling shoulder motifs.

Izzy Daniel in Caleche on her way to the red carpet

Izzy sent Liz this Instagram photo as soon as she was ready for the event, and although beforehand she commented that she was feeling excited but nervous, you can see by the photos that it wasn’t showing on the night.

Izzy Daniel and the Caleche teamPhotographed with izzy is (l – R) Kerren, Liz, Amy, Julia and Sally

On the day Izzy picked up her dress, all the people involved in the making of it got together for a quick photo opportunity. As you can see, it takes many specialised hands to create a dress like this. Every time our customers go through the process of having a dress made for them we refer to the ‘patternmaker’, ‘handworker’ or other titles, and they really get to understand our personalised service, and how we can do this with so many dresses coming through the design room.

Izzy Daniel in her Caleche dress

Congratulations to Izzy, we hear it was a great night out. I must point out the the ring you can see in this photo and gorgeous diamond earrings were from James Thredgold Jewellery – another great South Australian business based here in Norwood. (congrats should go as well the Norwood SANFL club who took out the premiership the same weekend – go the Redlegs and Norwood!)


Calèche dress at the 2014 Magarey Medal

PrintOn the 1st September, Calèche had the pleasure of dressing Chloe Galpin for the Magarey Medal Awards night. Chloe is one of the very first people to be photographed in one of our Private Collection evening dresses, personalised with her own choice of sparkly 3D motifs over the shoulder straps on the dress. As you can see from the photo she looked beautiful on the night, perfect for showing off this evening dress!

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Ruby Jubilee parade at the Art Gallery of SA


Calèche celebrated our 40th birthday in glamorous style recently with a couture fashion parade at The Art Gallery of South Australia.


Finesse Models perched elegantly within each gallery at the entrance to the venue in dresses representing the last 4 decades of production – after 40 years of producing exquisite gowns and designs for the most discerning women we searched far and wide, unearthing some great styles!  Our invited guests were treated to Hesketh Wines and Art Gallery Food and Wine hospitality as they awaited the parade. caleche40th-131        caleche40th-133



Backstage was a hive of activity with the team dressing 8 Finesse models in the stunning new Evening & Cocktail collection,our Ruby bridal collection and finally a new collection of especially intricate bridal Couture dresses, found only at our Norwood store

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Of course we couldn’t celebrate our Ruby Jubilee without featuring a ruby dress. Made of delicately beaded French Chantilly, Rouge satin and silk satin Chiffon it glided down the catwalk elegantly worn by Laura.

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Host Jane Reilly congratulated our South Australian company for 40 strong years after its’ establishment by Colette Foubert in 1973. She also commented on just how special Calèche made the experience of creating her own custom gown for the night, and remarked on how comfortable it was to wear.


Speaking also on the night and representing the Foubert family, Eric made a special thank you to the women who have enjoyed dressing in our hand-crafted designs, made locally in the Norwood design rooms, over the past 40 years and paid tribute to the vision and hard work of his parents.

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Our designer Liz watched from the sidelines with husband Herve Foubert (thanks to Jacek capturing this photo) and couldn’t be persuaded to appear under the spotlights until a beautiful bouquet from Burnside Village Flowers was presented to her. As our guests left the venue we were delighted with their reaction to the show and it was lovely for all our team to get such direct feedback for all their hard work.

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Our exclusive evening wear is being sold at our store in Norwood, and like all of our pieces is made to order which means you can purchase off the rack, include fittings or use them as inspiration for your own unique outfit.

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Thanks to Nicholas Purcell Photography for capturing (nearly) all the images in this post

sponsor thanksand thanks to all our supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you

New evening wear collection launch at the Art Gallery of South Australia


At last, we can announce our collection! 

At a time when industry veterans are retiring, Calèche is launching a stylish evening wear and investment piece collection at our 40th anniversary celebrations. Our South Australian company has built a strong reputation of expertise in design and fit; now we’re excited to bring this new collection to the women of South Australia.

On Wednesday 13th August we are proudly presenting our Bridal, Evening wear and specialised Couture collections at an event celebrating our 40th Anniversary, held at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

I can’t wait to bring you photos of the night – right now we are busy little bees getting the finishing touches done on these new dresses. Exciting times for the team at Calèche!

Is your after sales service included in the price of your wedding dress?

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Have you ever stood in a shop fitting room and known, really known, that when the sales assistant said “that looks so great on you!” that she was lying? I have, so when it comes to the wedding dress it can be just so much worse. It’s just not helpful for a bride when there is so much to choose from and it is such a big investment. At what other time would you really consider spending so much on one item of clothing? It doesn’t even make it into the ‘price per wear’ calculations as you know this is one special dress for one day.

When it comes to your wedding dress, take your time. Don’t be fooled by pushy sales people who want to make a sale, then forget the (nearly more important) after sales service. Ask questions and expect answers – if you are buying an imported gown it will need to be altered to fit you properly, even if it’s only to get the right hem length. You should be able to get an approximate quote for alterations on these kinds of gowns, and be insistent that you do, as the wedding dress that seems like a bargain will not be when you add the high alteration fees onto it!

All these questions will make you feel much more certain when you’re ready to put down the deposit and will take a load off your mind.

Welcome to the Calèche blog

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Calèche creates hand-crafted wedding and evening dresses in our Adelaide design room and we stock selected boutiques in Australia and New Zealand. But if you’ve had a look around our website I’m really hoping that you might have known this already! So who are the people creating these dresses? What do we know? I’d like to introduce you to our whole team over time but that’s a little too much when you first meet someone – so here are the basics.

We have a team of about 15 dedicated specialist dressmakers; while we all know a lot about making clothes we’ve also got our own areas of expertise like cutting fabric, making patterns, sewing and hand finishing. Calèche is a family based business that is now in its 4th decade of trading which we’re really proud of, especially in this industry.

I’ll be blogging about how we all work together, introducing our team behind the cream/gold curtain, and using all our years of experience here to give advice about weddings, styling and whatever you might ask of us! We all think our knowledge should be shared since not many people choose to have a dress made for them nowadays and that’s a shame, as it can be a really great experience.

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