bridal alterations

ABOUT THE MODISTE

THE MODISTE is the home of bridal seamstresses and bespoke special occasion wear.

We specialise in all elements of bridal wear and dressmaking, from bespoke dress design and construction to luxury bridal alterations and reconstructions. 

Our MODIFY service and collection reimagines wedding dresses into robes, lingerie, jumpsuits, newborn gowns and more, to help brides re-love their dress for years to come. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We know that every women has the power to feel exceptional in the clothes they wear.

We believe in treasuring our finest clothing and helping women to feel and look their best.

Devoted to exquisite quality, we take pride in being the change that brings the personal seamstress trade and art of valuing clothing construction back to the UK.

MEET THE TEAM

JENNIFER KATHERINE CROOKS

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jennifer discovered her love for dressmaking at an early age when she was taught to sew by her gran. She attended the London College of Fashion and Nottingham Trent University to study period costume including classic techniques of corsetry, tailoring and construction.

Originally launching the business in 2016, previously known as The Secret Fitting Room, Jennifer has created bespoke wedding dresses for thousands of brides. Jennifer’s passion for slow fashion also led her to establish the “MODIFY Movement” to ensure brides can enjoy their wedding dress beyond their wedding day.

Together with her team, Jennifer launched MODIFY, a new service and collection which reimagines wedding dresses into slips, robes, lingerie, jumpsuits, newborn gowns and much more, to help brides re-love their dress for years to come. 

CATHY MIZEN

HEAD FITTER

With a film wardrobe and period costume background, Cathy has been with The Modiste for six years and manages our fitting boutiques.

AMY PREECE

HEAD SEAMSTRESS

From a fashion design and construction background, Amy was Jennifer’s first ever team member and is now workshop manager.

DEMI HARDY

OPERATIONS MANAGER

From a fashion design and construction background, Amy was Jennifer’s first ever team member and is now workshop manager.

KATHERINE

PATTERN CUTTER

With many years pattern cutting and drafting experience, Kat is our meticulous and highly skilled pattern cutter.

ELLIE

FITTER

From working directly in bridal, Ellie joined the team in 2019 and looks after our brides and fittings. Ellie is highly skilled, trained and really knows her gowns.

MARYNA

SENIOR SEAMSTRESS

Joining the team from Ukraine, Maryna has worked in the bridal industry for many years and creates the most stunning quality work.

KIKA

SEAMSTRESS

Kika joined the team following her degree in fashion design, bringing great skill and beautiful work.