Cathy qualified as a pattern cutter in garment construction and tailoring more than 30 years ago. She further developed her skills while working in London under the acclaimed couturier Donald Campbell and has worked alongside the Royal designer Stuart Parvin.
After several career changes, including attaining a further degree, Cathy set up several small businesses and then in 2007 her world was turned upside down when she had triplet girls! Once they started school, Cathy had a rethink about balancing life with work and took the plunge and opened The Dressing Room in 2012. Having an eye for detail and creative technical ability with an understanding of brides’ needs and concerns at this special time is what makes The Dressing Room stand out from all the other bridal shops.
“Running a bridal boutique is not just about filling a shop with beautiful gowns. It is about delivering dreams and meeting high expectations where customer service has to be of an exceptional standard, and this is what we set out to achieve for all our brides.”
Claire joined the team in October 2017, having worked in bridal for 8 years. Claire is a local lass and her chatty nature and warmth will soon put you at ease. This might sound scary, but Claire has been collecting her very own 'Bridal Bible' since the age of 14. This includes everything from gowns, themes, and colour schemes to menus, favours, a song list, underwear, and much more!
Claire has a superb organisational head on her shoulders and, utilising the best bridal software management system on the market, she makes sure all our bridal orders are maintained and all our brides are kept well informed of progress right up until collection day. Claire is also responsible for all our luscious posts on social media and some quirky, humorous ones too. If Claire could design a perfect world it would be filled with puppies and would always be Christmas!
Helen has a passion for weddings and has worked in bridal for over 14 years and we were lucky to have Helen join our team in April 2018. With 4 grown-up children of her own, and now a new grandma, Helen is well rounded in all of life's experiences!
Helen is prepared for any challenge and is highly organised. She never gets stressed and always has a smile on her face. With her own daughter’s wedding coming up this year, Helen is walking in those Mother of the Bride shoes and knows all about the highs and lows of a bride’s journey. Always ready with good, sound advice, Helen is the best person to have on your team!
Vicky has worked as a bridal seamstress for 23 years, so she knows her way around the inner workings of every style of gown imaginable. It’s this in-depth knowledge that enables her to achieve a perfect fit every time. Her friendly nature will put you at ease when you come for your fittings, and if you want to customise your gown by adding sleeves, belts, jackets, or anything else, just ask Vicky!
Kate is our delightful Saturday Girl, and she’s currently studying B Tech in Fashion with a view to going on to University. Kate has only been with us a short while but we can already see her talent coming through!. With a strong work ethic and a true passion for bridal this little lady is name to look out for in the future!