Carol Hannah is a luxury wedding gown designer with an intimate bridal boutique located in the heart of New York City.
Our whimsical and modern wedding dresses are handmade to order in-house by a team of talented artisans. Couture but inclusive and classic but cutting-edge, we specialize in the non-traditional: color, texture and architectural details. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We also offer custom consultations, where you can work directly with Carol Hannah to design a fully unique wedding, mother of the bride/groom or evening gown.
A ONE-ON-ONE GOWN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
We like to think of our studio as a little hidden gem in the garment district. Our cozy, relaxed space perched above the city is set up to be a low stress environment where you have full run of the show. We only see one bride at a time and a dedicated stylist will be your point person from purchase to pickup. (Is there anything worse than looking at a bride in another fitting room in the same dress you’re trying on? No thank you.) Customizations are easy since production of your gown occurs on-site!
No rush, lots of fuss - we’ll obsess over all those little details with you and provide technical knowledge and fashion savvy guidance along the way. We’re here to listen and support, offering our expertise and honest opinions when asked. Never pushy, we believe it’s an honor to be entrusted with your business and consider ourselves to be in the service of our visiting brides, whether they purchase or not.
While our pieces are an investment, we strive to create an environment free of any kind pretentiousness.
SHOP WHERE IT’S MADE
Brides who visit our studio have the advantage of shopping every gown in our current and past collections, seeing where and how they are made, and making nearly any customization they want. You can tweak a current style or start from scratch with a custom designed gown!
Our brides are also able to take advantage of buying where our gowns are made by coming in for fittings during the production process: rather than starting the alterations process after the gown is complete, we fit the base of your gown before we begin draping or adding embellishment. Instead of altering a standard sized gown to fit you, we simply build the gown around your body! This results in a better fit in the end and less alterations stress on the garment overall. Wipe away all those alterations nightmare stories your friends have told you - we work hand in hand with you to make sure every style line and detail is precisely how you want it.
HEAD TO TOE STYLING
-Bridal gowns (starting at about $2500, most fall between $3500 - $6500)
-Mother of the bride gowns ($685-2500)
-Party, shower, and honeymoon Little White Dresses ($395-1495)
-Veils, headpieces, belts, and accessories
We also offer in house alterations and full customization - tweak a current style or start from scratch! Fully custom gowns opening at $7000.
WE BELIEVE IN #MADE IN NY
We make every gown right here, one at a time, by hand. No mass production overseas here! This lets us implement the highest quality techniques – French seams, baby seams, tiny baby hems, building our own corsets, hand draping – while allowing tons of flexibility in sizing and timing. We can adjust our patterns for uncommon body proportions within production and we can do it fast. Need a dress in a week? Done. Need a super specific shade of blush? We can make it. Got big tatas and a tiny waist? High five, we’ve got you covered (literally).
WE BELIEVE IN QUALITY YOU CAN FEEL.
Carol Hannah always says that she moved to New York for fabric. Our aesthetic starts with the absolute best quality silk textiles you can find, many of which are woven exclusively for us at the most prestigious European mills in the industry. Our embellishments are developed from the fabric itself to create organic texture. We build a 100% silk foundation into the interior all of our gowns. You may not see it in something like a draped gown because it is within the layers, but you can definitely feel the difference on your body and see the support it provides without being stiff and uncomfortable. Our gowns feel as good and move as well as they look.
Fit is paramount when it comes to your gown. By incorporating your fittings into your gowns production schedule, we ensure that the completed garment fits you perfectly while maintaining the carefully designed style lines and details that make it so special. We’re with you every single step of the way and the same seamstresses that produce your gown do your alterations. Let us wipe away your alterations nightmares!
There are no shortcuts. There is no machine stamping out a dozen a minute. We do this this same way generations before us did, in the same buildings no less, on the same few blocks in the middle of NYC’s Garment District. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
WE BELIEVE IN MAKING IT YOUR OWN
We love tweaking our styles to suit our brides. As long as it makes sense aesthetically and is on point with our brand, we’ll do it.
WE BELIEVE IN MAGIC.
We are super passionate about dresses and keep our production more exclusive because we care about every little detail. As an independent design house, we are driven by the artistic side of fashion more than the commercial. Yes, we want to sell our dresses, but we won’t sacrifice true design and innovation just to do that. Our point of view is truly unique and we don’t try to just do our version of what’s already out there. Our customers are looking for something different and we offer that in the best quality possible.
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Julia Ward · Getting married on 11/02/2020
Wonderful place to get that dress!
Carol Hannah was the second place I went dress shopping. I tried on maybe 10 dresses my first visit there, all of which somehow fit exactly what I wanted while being incredibly difficult. I waffled and waffled and came back to re-try dresses and start over. Nhi and the team were incredibly patient and supportive, but were never pushy. I knew that if I were going to spend months coming in for fittings, this is where I wanted to do it, and I was delighted to find a dress that really worked for me. I ended up also getting the bulk of my accessories there as well - a beautiful belt and a hair piece that I truly adored. I highly recommend this experience and the dresses that come as a result!Sent on 05/02/2019
Della · Married on 06/28/2019
Dream come true!
Prepare to fall in love with Carol Hannah! From the gorgeous, airy studio to the super attentive and dedicated team, every appointment at Carol Hannah is a delightful experience. Dara, Nhi, and Angela were incredible, they provided such an encouraging and open environment. The entire process, from dress selection to alterations to pick-up, was effortless and a lot fun. The dress came out even better than I could have imagined. I can’t recommend Carol Hannah enough.Sent on 08/06/2019
Abby Grace Brown · Married on 06/22/2019
Carol Hannah has stunning, unique dresses. The customer experience at the flagship store in New York was fantastic!!Sent on 07/30/2019
Carol Hannah's creations are ethereal, imaginative and nothing short of poetic. She is a wonderful person to work, down to earth and incredibly creative --- highly highly recommended!