At Northwic, we strive for high quality at a price that doesn’t break the budget. All gowns are made to order and we use only the best fabrics, including dupion silks, de-lustre satins and soft cottons. You can expect to find friendly service, great communication and beautifully unique dresses at reasonable prices.

I'm Amy Beales, the seamstress and designer behind Northwic. As well as my client work, I have five years of experience creating costumes for stage and screen, including the NZ Opera, various theatre companies, and the Evil Dead franchise. I placed third in my category at the World of Wearable Arts 2013, and my designs have been worn all over the world, from prom night in Pennsylvania, US, to gothic weddings right here in Middle Earth.

We are based in a beautiful rural studio in Auckland, New Zealand, but via a comprehensive measurement list, fabric samples and LOTS of photos, brides from all over the world can get their perfect dress.

Please feel to contact me with any questions or for a quote for your very own Northwic gown!

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

No gown is too extravagant or non-traditional for Northwic. In fact, with our passion for the Victorian era and a background in stage and film costuming, the more offbeat the better! From Halloween wedding dresses with tiny skull embroideries to romantic medieval gowns, intricate Victorian corsetry, or fantastical steampunk designs, I aim to provide my brides with the ultimate dress of their dreams. I have a range of styles to start from, but every dress is fully customizable and very much a collaboration between designer and bride, to ensure that we get that perfect reflection of personality and style.

"As a creative and alternative bride, I had a vision for a very unique wedding dress. The delicate and nearly unrealistic design I had in mind was a dream, and going into the process of finding a dressmaker, I was fearful that it would only ever be a dream.

I had sent messages to several dressmakers and I received multiple responses that it just couldn't be done and a few just ignored my inquiry entirely. When I received a response from Northwic, not only were they up for the task but they were downright excited about it. That's when I knew this was the vendor to move forward with, and I am so infinitely glad that I did.

Northwic's communication, understanding and attention to detail went far above and beyond my expectations and was everything I could have hoped for. They were prompt with responses, straightforward and honest, true to and respectful of my design and above all, confident and passionate about the project throughout the entire process. They took every precaution to ensure that I received a perfect product and I will confidently speak to the fact that an absolutely perfect product was delivered.

I can not make enough positive statements about my experience and strongly implore any inquirer to entrust your vision into the immeasurably talented hands at Northwic." – Lauren Bishop, custom Raven wedding dress, United States

Examples of my work

You can check out more of my work and some testimonials on the Northwic website, or snap up a great deal at the Northwic Etsy store. I often list sample dresses and accessories at reduced prices, so add it to your favorites and keep checking back!

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