FAQs - Custom Formal Gown

How long does it take to create a custom formal gown?

Making a custom gown is a special process and requires 3 - 4 months lead time.

If you need it sooner, we can certainly cater to this.


What is the price range for a custom formal gown?

Price ranges between $900 - $2,500 NZD depending on the fabrics and intricacy of design.

This is all inclusive of appointments and fabrics. There are no hidden costs.


What should I bring to the fittings?

Please wear nude undergarments - preferably what you plan to wear on the day.

For the last fitting, please also have your heels ready.


Who should I bring to my fittings?

You’re most welcome to bring up to 4 friends and family members. Kindly let us know before the appointment.


How many fittings do I need?

We will require 2 fittings. The first fitting is with a toile, which is a “test-run” made in another fabric. 


How does payment work?

Payments are via bank transfer. Payment via the website can also be arranged.

The deposit is 25% and the remainder is due before you take the dress home.


Do you take overseas orders?

Yes! We can absolutely take overseas orders. Design consultation and measurements are done via video call and fabric samples will be shipped to you.

Having at least one fitting is still recommended to ensure perfection. This can be discussed during the consultation.


Can you make the exact design from a photo I found?

We pride ourselves on original design so we do not recreate replicas from photos. However, we can incorporate the elements of the design you like into an original gown.


Who makes the garments?

All gowns are handmade in studio from start to finish.

Size Guide

Custom size

Don’t see your size on the chart? We offer a custom service. 
Simply email info@judygao.co.nz with your measurements or to arrange an appointment.


How To Measure

Here are some tips to take the most accurate measurements. It is recommended that you have a friend assist you or you do it in front of a mirror.

Bust: Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust and wrap it around your body, keeping the tape parallel to the floor.

Waist: Find the narrowest part of your waist, located above your belly button and below your rib cage.

Lower hip: Measure the fullest part of your lower body. It is below the natural hip line and around 24cm below the waistline.

Skirt length: Measure how long you want the skirt to be, starting from the waist. Include the height of your heels.