Borrow from Bell Street

Imagine you had a fairy godmother. A fun, fabulous, fashionable fairy godmother who spent her life collecting beautiful things. Imagine she said "Why don't you rifle through my closet and borrow something for your wedding?"

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At Bell Street you'll find a treasure trove of vintage and handmade clothing that can be mixed and matched into something new and perfect for you - a one-of-a-kind wedding look for a fraction of the price of a custom dress. The collection is made up of handmade samples using excess materials from my custom made business, generous donations from many fabulous fairy godmothers, and of course hours and hours of hunting through op shops and vintage stores. 

The idea is that uniqueness isn't exclusive and you don't have to pay thousands of dollars for a custom made dress you'll only wear once (but if you want to, go ahead! I know a GREAT dressmaker). 

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Let's address the elephant in the room: why would someone spend thousands of dollars on a dress they'll only wear once? My answer is - you don't have to. You can, but you don't have to. You can wear whatever you like. Got that? Whatever you like. Your wedding is the one time where you set the dress code, and there is no such thing as being overdressed. Why not take the chance to wear something fun?

After a few years of making custom wedding dresses, I learned that women want to wear something special on their wedding day, but everyone has different priorities - keeping things stress-free, affordable, sustainable, ethical, or all of the above.

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Borrow isn't about renting a used wedding gown from a catalogue. Borrow is about coming in and playing dress ups, styling vintage tops with handmade skirts, tweaking and crafting a look that completely suits you.

You can borrow an entire outfit, or just parts of an outfit. You could borrow a skirt, and have a custom top made for you to keep. If you've already got your wedding dress and looking for something warm to wear in case it gets cold, I've got a whole range of cardigans, jackets, coats and shawls. I've also got plenty of beautiful vintage evening wear in all colours of the rainbow, if you're after bridesmaid dresses or something to wear to a wedding or fancy dinner.

Use the buttons at the top of the page to look through some of the collection, or email ali@bell-street.com to make an appointment.