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Beautifully crafted british fashion, created in London for over 50 years

Specialising in impeccably designed eventwear, John Charles is a heritage British design house founded in London with the desire of creating womenswear that is timelessly refined. The Prêt-À-Couture collection draws from golden age Hollywood glamour for the contemporary woman.

With over 50 years atelier experience, gifted construction expertise ensures every woman looks and feels her best in a John Charles outfit. From elegant pencil dresses to expertly tailored jackets and floor-length eveningwear, John Charles guarantees an immaculate choice for every occasion. John Charles outfits are available in sizes 6 to 22 so every woman can feel confident and comfortable in an outfit that is uncompromisingly luxurious. The brands signature fit and gifted construction is recognised internationally. The renowned pencil shape is crafted with unparalleled construction to complement the female figure across all shapes. 

John Charles is defined by half a century of living atelier heritage that continues to inform and refine the design process. Continued dedication to hand-crafted, couture detailing is ever-present throughout the collection. 

Bespoke lace appliques, soft georgette features and sophisticated lace overlays enhance each design. Each lace placement is exclusively sourced, laid by hand and pinned in place. Hand-made beading is uniquely created by the John Charles team in the London studio. Every piece is unique and exclusively available only in limited quantities throughout premier independent boutiques and stores in UK and Europe.

Multi-award winning eventwear across four generations of family.

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. 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.

It’s beautiful to feel part of a living heritage brand. As a girl I designed and hand-made all of my dresses, and for each it was love at first sketch.” – Regine Ellis

Regine Ellis, Design Director