Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thank You - Sample Sale was great!

Hello and Happy Silly Season to all!
A very quick blog this week, as my team and I are madly finishing several Couture wedding gowns in time for pre-Xmas pick-up's! Busy, busy vibe here in the studio- lots of hand-sewing, hand-beading and pressing/ steaming of some beautiful wedding gowns for our late December and early January brides... we'll all take a deep breath and relax next week when our work for 2010 is completed!

I just wanted to say a very big and heartfelt "thank you" to all that came to my Sample Sale on 4th December, and those that have visited & purchased sample gowns since. It was a great day, although quite hectic for the first few hours, and there was lots of excitement and smiles - I enjoyed myself and it was great to meet lots of new people, too. Big congrats to the gorgeous brides that purchased their wedding gowns from our Sale, including Daniela, Karen, Linda, Anna, Ange, Jill, and Romy, just to name a few. And a big thank you to my wonderful friends, family and staff who helped out on the day - your presence and enthusiasm was very much appreciated!

For those of you who missed the Sample Sale day, I now have a permanent "Sample Sale" rack of beautiful hand-crafted wedding gowns & evening designs, plus a range of stunning rare fabrics, laces, vintage kimonos, obis and lovely silk wraps, ALL priced at absolute bargain prices! For the latest Sale items, info, prices and photos, vivit my NEW sale link below:-

The fun & flirty black & white silk 50's inspired dress (pictured above) is a great example of the unique designs STILL AVAILABLE on my Sale rack- this one would be just perfect for a size 8-10 Bridesmaid (and just look at the pricetag - as a Couture dress it's valued at over $3,000). So if you'd like to come and view my permanent Sample Sale collection, just contact me and we can schedule an appointment.

Until next time, enjoy the festive season and Merry Christmas!
xx Lisa

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sample Sale- Saturday 4th December 2010 - come & join us!

Hello and welcome to my last posting before my big in-house SAMPLE SALE tomorrow, here at the Culture Bridal Couture studio in Leichhardt (Sydney). It's for ONE day only, Saturday 4th December 2010, from 10am to 3pm.

First come, first served, lots of gorgeous original one-off bridal and evening wear samples, some of which have never been offered for sale before. This is a fantastic opportunity to buy a beautifully hand-crafted, one-off Culture Bridal Couture design at 50% - 80% less than the Couture version - so make sure you come early to grab the best bargains!

Please note these are unique SAMPLE GOWNS, mostly size 8 and size 10, with some 12's and 14's too, and are offered at these heavily discounted prices in their "as is" condition. Any repairs, alterations, dry-cleaning or adjusting required to these sample gowns are not included in these special sale prices, but of course we are offering our own "Alterations Services" if needed. We accept Cash, EFTPOS, Mastercard and Visa only.

As well as a fabulous range of sample wedding gowns, bridal corsets, silk skirts, bridesmaids dresses and unique cocktail/ evening wear, I'll also be selling some of my rare collection of vintage silk Japanese kimonos, obis and some exquisite Indian sari fabrics too, plus beaded scarves, assorted accessories and some fun costume jewellery. Lots of lovely things to tempt you with - perhaps just in time for Christmas, too?!?

I hope to see you at my first EVER in-house Sample Sale tomorrow - if any queries please don't hesitate to contact me. Scroll down to the past few weeks of postings for lots of photos (and prices) of just some of the wonderful gowns on offer.

Many thanks, xx Lisa
Lisa Merton
Designer / Owner
Culture Bridal Couture & Culture Shock Bridal & Eveningwear

email -
phone- 02 9569 0551

SAMPLE SALE - one day only!
Saturday 4th December 2010
from 10am - 3pm
Culture Bridal Couture
Unit 8, 10 - 12 George Street,
Leichhardt. NSW
Sydney, Australia

STREET PARKING is available on George St, McAleer St, Flood St and the surrounding laneways. Our studio is located within a warehouse complex on the CORNER of GEORGE & McALEER Streets, approx 50 metres away from Parramatta Rd. Once you enter the warehouse complex, look for the 2nd Unit on the left. Street parking only (please do not park inside the complex)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Beautiful Gowns for my Sample Sale!

OOOohhhh very exciting - I'm counting down the days now! This Saturday 4th December 2010 is my first EVER in-house Sample Sale, and I'll be offering some completely original, one-off bridal and evening wear designs at AWESOME prices! All my work is proudly Made In Australia, using the exclusive fabrics I have sourced from around the globe, and my team and I pride ourselves on the beautifully hand-crafted workmanship in each and every gown we create (samples included!)

Please scroll down to my previous postings for all the Sale details - and i hope you like today's collection of gorgeous samples which will all be available at our Sample Sale.

10am - 3pm ONE DAY ONLY, this Saturday 4th December 2010!!!
Hope to see you there,
xx Lisa

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Indian-inspired SALE GOWNS!

Here's some more exciting Sample Sale offerings, beautifully made original designs which can be worn by brides, bridesmaids or to a fabulous evening event! Today I'm featuring a few of my Indian-inspired sample dresses, made from GORGEOUS metallic saris and sari braids, mixed back with pure silks in various colours and textures.

Don't forget my first EVER in-house sample sale is next week - Saturday 4th December 2010, here in my Leichhardt couture studio. Scroll down to my previous postings for all the details - hope to see you there!

Have a lovely weekend, stay tuned for more updates next week!
xx Lisa

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Japanese-Inspired Samples ON SALE 4th DECEMBER!

I have been a very busy girl this week, getting ready for my first-ever Sample Sale - and it's VERY EXCITING! My team & I have created so many beautiful and very original samples over the years, so this will be a great opportunity for brides to see some our lesser-known styles, and more experimental work that has never been offered for sale before.

As well as the sample wedding gowns, bridal corsets, silk skirts and unique cocktail/ eveningwear, I'll be selling some of my unique collection of vintage kimonos, obis and Indian sari fabrics too, plus scarves, accessories and some fun costume jewellery. Lots of lovely things to tempt you with - perhaps just in time for Christmas, too?!?

Today I am featuring a few of the Japanese-inspired samples which will be offered for sale on 4th December, see the photos attached. There are also a few size 12 & size 14 styles within my Oriental-themed sample collection, so come and see those in person on the day!

Not long to go now, the countdown is on for my big Sample Sale on Saturday 4th December - scroll down to my previous few posts for all the details below. Hope to see you there!

Til next time,
xx Lisa

Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting ready for my Sample Sale- SAT 4th DECEMBER!

Hello again,
here are a few more sample Culture Bridal Couture bridal gowns and colourful cocktail/ party/ bridesmaids dresses that I'll be selling for FABULOUS PRICES at my Sample Sale on Sat 4th December 2010. Remember these are all original one-off samples, mostly sizes 8 or 10, designed & beautifully made in my Leichhardt studio from my own exclusive fabrics.Click on the photos in these postings to view a larger image.

Watch this space closely, as I'll be posting up more gorgeous sample dresses and prices this week and next, along with vintage kimono, obi and beautiful Indian sari fabrics, too. My first-ever Sample Sale is for ONE DAY ONLY and these exclusive and original one-off dresses have never been offered for sale before - so don't miss out!

Please scroll down to my previous few postings for all the Sale Day details, being held in my Leichhardt studio... i hope to see you there!
Til next time,
xx Lisa

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Sneak Previews- SAMPLE SALE!

More sneak previews here for my Sample Sale on Saturday 4th December - please scroll down to my previous postings for more info & sale details....

Today's photo updates feature mainly "separates" - gorgeous pure silk wedding corsets and bridal skirts, all to be sold separately at my sale... first come, first served! Also a gorgeous shorter dress, 1950's-inspired, which comes with a separate sash waistband, hand-beaded and decorated with lace applique. Cute hoop petticoats are also available for under this dress- perfect for a size 10 bridesmaid, or an informal garden wedding. AND a fabulous price too!

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days,
xx Lisa

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sneak Preview - SAMPLE SALE on Sat 4th Dec 2010

As promised, here are some sneak previews of the one-off Couture gowns I will be selling at heavily discounted prices, in my Culture Bridal Couture SAMPLE SALE! It's for ONE day only, Saturday 4th December 2010, right here in my private studio. I'll be adding more images to this blog in the coming days, so watch this space for more sample gowns and fabulous prices!

Check out the images attached, which indicate the actual sample gowns for sale, their name, size and price in AUD (Australian dollars) including GST. Please note these are one-off SAMPLE GOWNS, available ONLY in the sizes and colours listed. Of course being samples, they have been on display in my showroom, some have been worn in fashion parades and/or photo shoots, they are all generally in good to very good condition, and are offered at these discounted prices in their "as is" condition. Any repairs, alterations, dry-cleaning or adjusting required to these sample gowns are NOT included in these special sale prices, and would be additional costs at the Buyer's own expense. We will be offering Alterations services if needed (at extra cost, depending on the complexity and labour required).

I hope you understand that these very special prices don't apply to the custom-made Couture versions of my designs, which is due to the fact that when we create a Couture gown, we do at least 4 personal fittings with the bride, and the gown would be custom-made for her exact figure, in her choice of colours, fabrics, etc. So really, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a top quality, original silk gown, designed and made by my skilled team of Couture artisans and I, at unbelievable prices!!

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks, and I do hope you can visit our studio on Saturday 4th December, from 10am - 3pm. First come, first served! Please feel free to email me directly, if you have any questions.

Many thanks,
xx Lisa

email -
phone- 02 9569 0551

In-house studio SAMPLE SALE - one day only!
Saturday 4th December 2010
from 10am - 3pm
Culture Bridal Couture
Unit 8, 10 - 12 George Street,
Leichhardt. NSW
Sydney, Australia

Friday, October 29, 2010

Our first EVER in-house SAMPLE SALE !!!

The time has finally come to make some space in my Leichhardt studio, so I am very excited to announce our first-ever studio SAMPLE SALE! It's all happening for one day only, on Saturday 4th December 2010, from 10am til 3pm. All welcome- so come and say hello, have a browse and check out my Culture Bridal Couture studio, too.

Over the next few weeks I'll be posting photos (and prices) of some of the best bargains on offer for the sale, including beautiful silk Couture wedding gown samples, eveningwear & party frock samples, bridesmaids dress samples, and soooooo much more! As well as one-off wedding gowns, dresses, fitted corsets and long silk skirts, there will also be rare & exquisite silk evening fabrics, French laces, beaded & metallic trims and embellishments, and special "treasures" that I've collected from my international travels over the years... vintage kimonos and obis, Indian silk saris, silk wraps from South-East Asia, and one-off pieces that won't be found anywhere else but in my studio!

So stay tuned, watch this space - and tell your friends!
xx Lisa

SAMPLE SALE- Saturday 4th December 2010
Culture Bridal Couture (private studio)
Unit 8, 10-12 George Street,
Leichhardt. Phone (02) 9569 0551
Sydney, Australia
Please feel free to contact me for any additional info, prices, questions, etc...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Behind The Scenes - My Latest Photo Shoot!

Join me behind the scenes at my recent Sydney photo shoot, showcasing 4 brand new sample gowns my "Culture Bridal Couture" team & I have just finished creating... these photos are NOT the official professional images, but rather just some quick pix I took with my own little pocket camera! So I am really looking forward to getting the proper finished images from our professional photographer in the next few weeks - stay tuned!!

Once again I chose Dario Gardiman to photograph my latest designs, as his work is consistently FABULOUS, he always listens to what i want, and is a joy to work with. This shoot took place in his very cool Erskineville studio, and Dario created a great set with beautiful lighting and cleverly crafted props to create the shadow effects. I love watching Dario work, and all the little details he attends to, in order to get that perfect shot.

Our AMAZING hair & make-up team was just superb on the day, and the speed and quality of their work was mind-blowing! The very talented Susie Ayoub doing beautiful make-up, whilst the highly experienced Lizzie from L'Bridal Hair created works of art with our model's hair, assisted by Mary. They all worked so well as a team, making it look "so easy" when i know its so hard to do in such a short space of time. Lizzie and Susie are available for weddings, formal events and any special occasions, see their contact details below. Thanks girls, you did a truly BEAUTIFUL job on each and every look you created - PERFECT!!

And the star of the shoot was undoubtedly our GORGEOUS bridal model Tanya, who looked sexy, demure, goddess-like and downright incredible in every gown she wore! She has a fantastic & very feminine look that can be changed so easily, which is what every designer craves in a fashion model, so that we can transform her into whoever we want to, suiting each gown perfectly. Plus apart from having an amazing body, she has the BEST lips and looked completely gorgeous in ruby red lipstick, too. THANK YOU TANYA!!

Enjoy these sneak previews, and stay tuned for the official shots coming soon,
til next time,
xx Lisa

All gowns & accessories by Culture Bridal Couture
Make-Up Artist Susie Ayoub - Phone 0412 607 119
Hair Stylist Lizzie at L'Bridal by Lizzie - Phone 0411 335 988 or 02 9636 7047
Shoes by Deseo Shoes, 474 Oxford St, Paddington