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 Patterns and colours in Nature

Patterns and colours in Nature

144 Stephen Street
Yarraville Victoria 3013

+61 03 96878493

Deborah was born in 1960 in Rome where she grew up surrounded by centuries of culture. There were two strong influences on her; the love of art and the seductive allure of the sixties culture in film and fashion. Her paternal grandfather (a retired architect) would share with her his love of drawing through his archives of architectural studies for mansions he would never build, and her maternal grandfather introduced her to the glamour of the Cinema, having worked with stars like Fellini on the making of La Dolce Vita.

<blockquote>“Love of beauty came easily to me in these surroundings, I would draw constantly, and in my flights of fancy I would daydream that one day my drawings would come to life “</blockquote>

Clothing in the early 1960’s in  Rome were still more made to measure than ready to wear .She observed as her father had his suits tailored and her mother had special occasion outfits designed and manufactured by a dressmaker “I loved the process of having clothes especially made for me by a skilled dressmaker…..,my mother choosing the fabrics and details, the dressmaker adjusting  the design throughout  the fittings , watching the dress take form, and finally, the joy of  wearing  the prettiest party dress that puffed out like a cloud when I jumped !

Sixties fashions were colourful and brave and Deborah enjoyed the self expression they gave her. “My first love was a pair of bright orange suede shoes and the matching pinafore featured in the specialist children’s boutique “she recalls. Ready to wear clothing in department stores began to cater specifically for different age groups.

In 1970 the family moved to Australia and a new phase began. Fashions in Melbourne were very basic with little variety with the exception of the House of Merivale where Deborah would spend her precious pocket money on glam 70’s fashions. Retaining a European outlook and sensibility Deborah applied herself to the study of Fine art in painting before embarking on an Art Degree specifically in Fashion at RMIT.

Graduating in 1985 she worked for various companies designing and manufacturing for the day to evening wear market. The overseas travel associated with her work rekindled an awareness of global style, reminding her of the universal love of beauty in its many forms.

In 1994 Deborah launched her own label, based at her Yarraville studio to cater for a growing private clientele and the demands of her family. The flexible working hours allowed her to spend time with her new baby and grew the business slowly.

The first Bridal collection was shown in conjunction with the reopening of The Sun Theatre in 1994.The parade featured a range of designs based on corsetry with the emphasis on hourglass shape and volumes of petticoats .

In 1997 The Deborah Selleck showroom was opened in Ballarat Street Yarraville, The two storey  Federation Style building was to be the setting for three more collections and fashion parades over the next ten years. The parades showcased the evolving style of the Deborah Selleck Couture label towards a sophisticated sleek elegance that had more to do with cinema glamour than bridal maringues.

Setting a trend for sleeker more figure defining bridal gowns Deborah Selleck designs remain timeless classics .The business outgrew its Ballarat Street premises and in 2007 moved to a larger store in the nearby suburb of Seddon.

The new location at 144 Stephen Street has a sunlit showroom where clients can enjoy  the new designs in comfort and style.

Making your gown

A step by step guide explaining the made to measure process. 



We begin with a one hour free consultation (valued at $120.00) to
help you determine what style and colour gown will suit you, both
personally and for the type of event you are planning.Be it a traditional church wedding or a carefree beach wedding !

A sketch will be drawn for you,and a quote given which includes
all fabric, fittings and GST The quote you will take with you, the sketch
remains with Deborah until you are ready to book.
Quotations are valid for 30 days due to changing prices of fabrics and imported material

We offer a second appointment free to show your mum and/or your best
friends and make a final decision. (Additional pre-order fitting
appointments are charged at $100.00 per hour.


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We begin the process of manufacturing your beautiful gown.....

We take measurements, contact details and payment. We have two payment options:

1. Payment in full, up front, with a 5% discount, or
2. Three payment installments: The first due at this consultation before any fabrics can be purchased
The second due at second fitting
The third and final payment one week before gown is picked up

Every Deborah Selleck couture gown is manufactured 'in house'.
The salon has workrooms attached, and all work is done on-site by her professional team .
This ensures a personalized, professional service that puts You the bride first and foremost.

1 st. Fitting

This fitting takes place 3 months before your wedding .With your measurements we took at booking date, we make a "toile" which is calico basic version of your gown and fit this exactly to your body. This first fitting allows us to make any fit and size change adjustments before we cut the expensive silk fabric and laces we will use for your gown. Bring shoes and underwear  that you have chosen to this fitting!

2 nd. Fitting

This fitting takes place 2 months before your wedding.
Bring shoes and chosen underwear
The gown is now in the actual fabric. Intricate lace and beading details are tacked to garment but as yet unfinished.
Fit adjustments ,hem lines, and movement are checked and finalized .
A second payment instalment is made.

3 rd. Fitting

This fitting takes place 3-4 weeks before your wedding
The gown is nearing completion. Laces and beading details are sewn to the dress.
Accessories such as veils , jewellery etc. are tried on , and any final adjustments are marked.
Outstanding balance on gown is finalized and paid.

4 th. and Final Fitting

Your gown is complete!
You try on your gown one final time before picking it up and check workmanship . This appointment
is booked for one week before your wedding to be sure the gown will fit perfectly on the day.
Gown and accessories are packed ready to go with you on magical wedding day.