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Made for the Modern Women

Design in London for over 50 years, our special event and occasion wear is perfect for the modern woman who wants timeless glamour.

Specialist Event Wear Designers

The focus for all of our collections is to ensure that every woman looks and feels her best in a John Charles outfit.

From elegant pencil dresses to flattering A-lines and fluted skirts, we guarantee you the perfect choice for every occasion. All of our outfits are available in size 6 to 22, so every woman can feel confident and comfortable in an outfit that is uncompromisingly luxurious. Each collection is made with unique premium fabric that is designed and made to be treasured as future heirlooms. Providing you with classic couture with a modern twist, our award-winning designs can be found globally through premium stockists and boutiques who will welcome you to try on our latest collection, feel the quality and see the amazing fit for yourself.


A british family business

John Charles is a renowned design house that was established over 50 years ago and is still to this day run by the Ellis family.

A sister brand to the well-known and established Ellis Bridals and Kelsey Rose Bridals, James Ellis is taking the brand forward into a new generation. James believes that the atelier heritage will continue to inform and refine the design process. His continued dedication to hand-crafted, couture detailing is ever-present throughout the latest collection, providing you beautiful dresses and outfits.

As a heritage brand, we are always taking inspiration from our vast archive and we use the John Charles handwriting as a starting point for each collection. Craftsmanship is always at the heart of what we do and we are always developing innovative and exciting ways to embellish to make each dress feel unique and contemporary.

  “Coming from a family of female designers, creating dresses that make women feel confident and the best version of themselves is engrained in the John Charles DNA.”

James Ellis

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