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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 and classic couture.

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 expertly tailored jackets and capes, 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, Regine Ellis and her son James have become co-creators, taking the brand forward. Regine and James believe that the atelier heritage will continue to inform and refine the design process. Their continued dedication to hand-crafted, couture detailing is ever-present throughout the latest collection, providing you beautiful dresses and outfits.

Design Director Regine Ellis is the driving force of the brand that has been in the family for four generations. Regine’s discerning eye and fashion upbringing has seen John Charles flourish under her reign as Design Director since 1990, with collections winning awards from some of the most decerning critics. Regine grew up surrounded by gifted artisans, including her mother, which sparked her imagination and inspired her own love of fashion and well-cut garments. 


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  “We design to compliment a figure, not to mask it. A John Charles outfit gently hugs the body and gifts you that very feminine silhouette. Each dress is created with a unique, signature John Charles structure that does just that. Everything we do, from our in-house London designs, to the fabric we use comes with a guarantee of exquisite attention to detail and excellent service.”

Regine Ellis | Design Director of John Charles

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