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About Janice Martin Custom

When the design is as important as the date...

Ms. Martin has been designing clothing for private clients for over twenty-five years and her experience shows when collaborating with her client for the best possible design outcome. Whether working directly with the bride or navigating the sometimes tricky shoals of family dynamics, her ability to hear the concerns of her client allows her to produce the best gown with the most value whether that client affords a custom made French beaded lace or whether her desire is for something regal, sophisticated and/or simple in design.

Ms. Martin's first public commission was for Ildiko Komlosi who sang with Luciano Pavarotti in the televised Verdi Requiem in 1986. The six foot tall soprano had arrived from Hungary without a gown for the performance, so the Opera Company of Philadelphia turned to Janice Martin to outfit her… with only one week to spare! In 1997, the Philadelphia Museum of Art also turned to Ms. Martin when it was time to restore Princess Grace's wedding veil for their upcoming exhibit "Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style". In the intervening years, Ms. Martin designed a limited edition line of evening wear which was sold on Seventh Avenue, ran the fashion shows for the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia and honed her design skills while developing her private clientele.

Moving her studio from Main Street, Manayunk (Philadelphia) in 2005 to Ardmore PA changed the dynamics of the business somewhat.  Now, in addition to designing bridal and evening wear, her staff is also busy designing entire wardrobes for women that include everything from leather or lace slacks to rainwear and cashmere coats to hip classics for cocktail parties!

Categories: Wedding Dress

Regions serviced: Philadelphia

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6/24/2016 = My dream wedding dress was a family heirloom. It first belonged to my grandma (married in 1954), and was next worn by my mom (married in 1978). I loved this dress, and remarkably, it was in mint condition. But it didn’t fit, and it wasn’t flattering. Janice Martin Couture had gotten rave reviews, especially when it came to heirloom dresses, and it’s clear why. Her expertise is outstanding. She easily assessed my dress and my figure, listened to what I wanted, and arrived at the perfect redesign so that would get to wear the dress of my dreams. Beyond her expertise in design and alterations, Janice is a wonderfully warm human being, and the atmosphere she creates in her shop is so comfortable. We were a team in this project, discussing ideas and comparing looks. My headpiece, from my mother-in-law, was also redesigned by Janice. The original long veil was replaced with a birdcage veil, a perfect style match for my 1950’s dress. Everything looked AMAZING for my wedding day. Throughout the entire process, Janice was well organized and communication was on point. There were no hidden costs – everything was discussed and determined at the start (including the bag and steaming), so I could easily plan my budget. A dress designed or redesigned by Janice Martin is worth every penny.

Profile Picture Jessica, 6/24/16, 8 Reviews
Category: Dress & Attire
Services Used: Bridal Gowns, Customary, Veils, Appts. Only, Customization, Bride

Where do I start!! Janice is a gem in disguise and worth every single penny. She work magic to my Pronovias dress that needed a lot of work. I brought my dress to her with less than a month left before I walk down the aisle to marry my prince charming and I got it back on time. My dress needed to be resized, sleeves needed to be added, the hem was to long. She was always open to my ideas, suggestions, likes & dislikes. Though she is a bit pricey but you truly get what you paid for! She is worth every penny!! I highly recommend her!

Profile Picture Ingrid, 5/26/16, 8 Reviews
Category: Dress & Attire
Services Used: Bridal Gowns, Bride, Appts. Only

Janice Martin is a wonderful designer and made my daughter's wedding dress look absolutely beautiful!! It was an Allure wedding gown bought at a bridal shop in Ellicott City, Maryland. We never thought to look at the reviews on the alterations before purchasing, so my daughter was horrified when she read the horrible reviews regarding the alterations at this shop. When we finally found another shop that agreed to do the alterations, my daughter missed the appointment due to a job interview in Philadelphia, PA that she couldn't pass up. She relocated to PA shortly thereafter. We knew we were running out of time to have the alterations done, so my daughter began checking into bridal shops and places that do wedding gown alterations in Philadelphia. That is when we found Janice Martin Couture's reviews on Wedding Wire and other wedding sites. Little did we know how wonderful her dress would turn out! My daughter had an initial consultation with her and knew right away that she knew her stuff! I thought the dress was beautiful before she started the alterations, but it was even more gorgeous after she was finished. My daughter has a very tiny waist and is a size 0, so the gown needed to be taken in at the waist by 3 inches. Janice sewed an elastic waist band inside the gown, fixed the bust line, took in the dress at the top and did the hem just perfectly!! The dress fit my daughter like a glove and everyone said that it is the most beautiful wedding gown they had ever seen!

I highly recommend this designer to either make your wedding gown, remake it to suit your style or just do your alterations. She is amazing and extremely talented. Janice even picked out the perfect jewelry to go with my daughter's gown and baked that into the cost of the alterations. Thank you so much Janice for making our daughter's wedding gown one of the most beautiful gowns I've ever seen!! She looked absolutely stunning in her gown and we are so grateful we found you!!

Profile Picture User5580427, 2+ years ago, 4 Reviews
Category: Dress & Attire
Services Used: Bride

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41 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003   See On Map
610-645-4540 (phone)
By appointment Tuesday through Saturday.