I LOVE Couture by Tusneem

21 Jul 2017

I walked into Couture by Tusneem at 48A Bramhall Lane South and the inner child came out in me.  I suddenly felt like a little girl walking into the dream that every little girl has when they imagine what their wedding day will be like. 

In a word, gorgeous!  Tusneem’s consultation room is bright, warm, plush and dotted with some of her classically styled wedding dresses.  Tusneem draws clients from Cheshire, London, Wales, Liverpool, Switzerland, Sweden and Ibiza. Most of her clients are a result of referrals.


Tusneem Jabbar is the proprietor and designer of Couture by Tusneem who has been professionally designing wedding dresses for twenty years.  She started her career straight from graduation from Leeds University where she studied Fashion Design having caught the design bug as a child from her Father who was a fashion trader.  She was always drawn to the evening dresses in particulars. CoutureByTusneem

Having the talent and the vision of what she wanted to do she went straight to the Princess Trust after graduation and they took her in and provided her with a mentor who showed her how to turn her dream and talent into a business.  Her mentor guided her on the ‘business side’ of her business, exposed her with high profile contacts and she quickly grew momentum.  The Princes Trust have since recognised Tusneem several times as Entrepreneur of the Year and have asked her to become a mentor.  That speaks volumes about her business, product, work ethic and the service she provides each individual.


In addition to wedding dresses, Couture by Tusneem specialize in designing for the Mother of the Bride and Groom and evening gowns.  She started designing for the Coronation Street girls which lead her to winning three best dress accolades at the National Television Awards.  In 2003, she was the featured small designer amongst designers like Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang Bridal, Donna Karan (DKNY) and Jenny Packham in a magazine photoshoot. 


There is a process to get the bride down the aisle exactly how she imagined it.  Tusneem said the ideal period of time from stage one to wedding day is nine months out.  Good things come to those who wait.  Although she can do a quicker turn-around this is her preference.  Let me explain the process for you. 

  • Stage One:  The consultation.  It is during this time Tusneem gets to know the client, discuss what her dream dress is and starts sketching her designs and looking at the array of fabrics.
  • Stage Two: Toile Stage.  This is when the bride is fitted with a cotton fabric version of her dress.  At this time she can revise and tweek the design until it is exactly what the client wants. 
  • Stage Three:  The making of the actual dress.  The bride can come in as many as six times for fittings before her final fitting.

For Mother of the Bride and Groom and evening gowns the process time is less than a bridal gown.


Tusneem says

“I am a bit of a problem solver.  It’s all about seeing the person and what they are like and the type of event they are going to. We pride ourselves on customer service.”

Within Couture by Tusneem is her other business which is Boutique Alterations.  There are seven seamstresses on staff that work on the premises directly with Tusneem.  She oversees everything that is created or altered in her business.  Between the mix of both businesses she will see 30-40 clients per week and will do a minimum of 12-15 bridal consultation per month.


Tusneem and her team are available Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 5:00, Thursday every other week until 7:00 and every other Saturday 10:00 – 7:00.

If you are a planning a wedding or a special event that requires something exceptional and bespoke you owe it to yourself to visit Tusneem and her team.  You will feel like a you are living the dream.

Couture by Tusneem and Boutique Alterations


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