Gemma Sargent | Profile
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Founded in 2008, Gemma Sargent is a couture design studio which specialises in the creation of bespoke and made-to-order bridal gowns, bridal accessories (including veils, birdcage veils, bridal belts, sashes, hair pieces and boleros), evening and formal wear (including bridesmaid and mother of the bride outfits).  All bespoke and made-to-order items are designed and handmade in Scotland from the Edinburgh design studio which is filled with sample bridal gowns and accessories, dress samples, fabric, trims, crystals and beads, appliques, embellishments and lace to inspire you for the design of your own unique dress design.


Gemma Sargent also offers a professional bridal and formal wear alterations service which includes the customisation and re-styling of wedding dresses and the creation of co-ordinating accessories in addition to tailoring each dress to fit.  Additionally, the studio also stocks a range of bridal accessories and jewellery (including bridal tiaras, brooches and hair combs) from Euphyllia and Athena Bridal Jewellery.  These items, along with Gemma’s made-to-order bridal accessories, will be available for purchase online later this year.


Gemma Sargent and her team are all clothing and fashion graduates who are fully trained in corsetry and tailoring techniques.  Together, they have over 15 years experience designing and making bespoke garments and completing garment adjustments.  Gemma and her team work work closely with each individual listening to their needs, transforming their ideas into truly unique garments that will fit perfectly and be treasured forever.


To discuss having a bespoke bridal gown, evening dress or accessory created, view our sample collections or enquire about our bridal alterations service please contact the studio and we will be more than happy to help:


Gemma Moir (Fashion Designer & Couturier)

Born in Edinburgh in 1985, Gemma’s love of sewing began at a very young age when she started helping her mother design and make costumes for her dance competitions.  Gemma studied at Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design and graduated in 2007 with a first class honours degree in Bsc Clothing Design and Manufacture.  Throughout her degree she won numerous University prizes including the Ede and Ravenscroft Award (2004), the Lenzing Prize (2006) and the University Prize for outstanding merit (2004, 2006).  In 2005 Gemma completed a six month work-placement with Glyndebourne Opera House where she worked as a Junior Assistant in both the Ladies Costume and Men’s Tailoring workrooms gaining training in corsetry and bespoke tailoring.

After graduating, Gemma worked in several roles within fabric retail and with local bridal boutiques in addition to part-time commitments as a freelance designer and dressmaker.  In 2008 Gemma acquired a studio space within St Margaret’s House (now part of Edinburgh Pallette) which enabled her to begin establishing her business.  Gemma’s varied business activity at this stage included providing a complete bespoke clothing design service, dressmaking and alterations and private sewing and pattern cutting tuition.  Since 2008, Gemma has grown her business considerably and as such its focus is now on the creation of couture and made-to-order bridal and formal wear garments and accessories and bridal and formal wear re-styling, alterations and customizations.

Samantha Kleman (Senior Design Assistant)

Samantha Kleman graduated from Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in 2012 with a 2.1 in Bsc. Fashion Technology.  She has over 5 years of experience working on bridal alterations, conducting fittings and assisting with bespoke clothing orders.