Gwen Russell is one of the United Kingdom's top designers of Bridal Wear and renowned Period Costumier.
Gwen was introduced to her love of period costume at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where she trained as a Drama Teacher. After teaching for a few years, she moved to London to study period costume under the direction of the internationally-known costumier, Jean Hunnisett, at the London College of Fashion.
It was there that she met her future business partner, Janette Haslam. The pair's collaboration quickly led to their creations being worn by an array of Hollywood A-List stars, including Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut), Juliette Binoche (Wuthering Heights), Helena Bonham Carter (Wings of a Dove ), Elizabeth McGovern (Wings of a Dove, Changeling), Jessica Lang (Rob Roy), Liam Neeson (Rob Roy), Emma Thompson (Henry V), Robert De Niro (Frankenstein), Brad Pitt (Interview with a Vampire), Tom Cruise (Interview with a Vampire), and Thandie Newton (Interview with a Vampire).
Gwen and Janette's work with international film and stage designers has been featured in six Oscar nominated films for costume, two of which - Dangerous Liaisons and Henry V - went on to win Academy Awards.
Gwen and Janette also created a highly successful wedding label, Russell and Haslam, with a number of their award-winning designs gaining recognition from the UK's leading bridal title, Brides Magazine.
In 2002, Janette Haslam retired and Gwen Russell continued her highly successful career working in film and theatre, creating gowns for Christina Ricci in the film 'Penelope', and for Michelle Williams in 'My Week with Marilyn' (BAFTA and LA Critics nominations for costume).
In 2005, Gwen Russell went on to launch her own wedding label, “Gwen Russell Couture”. All of Gwen’s gowns are custom made; and from conception to creation her designs embody the Bride's Personality and Vision. Gwen merges her extensive skill in corsetry and cutting to create designs with Period Drama and Contemporary Styling. Each of her gowns is unique and unusual.