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The Emilia Wickstead Dress Buying Guide

New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead launched her eponymous ready-to-wear label in 2008, after graduating from Central Saint Martins and working in the ateliers of Milan, London and New York. Quickly becoming a favorite of A-list stars and luminaries worldwide, the designer's exquisite gowns, coats and separates are the height of modern style. Emilia Wickstead dresses play with proportion, silhouette and form, staying true to an elegant, sophisticated aesthetic while experimenting with fine fabrics and soft pastel colorways. Precision cuts, sharp pleats and sculptural shapes make these true statement pieces for a red carpet look.

Renowned for creating exceptional made-to-measure and ready-to-wear collections for the impeccably dressed, Emilia Wickstead is a name that always springs to mind for elegant, sophisticated and versatile dresses. From smart, chic and tailored pieces to show-stopping gowns, this range is perfect for work or play. The brand’s creations are unmistakably high-end, with an insistence on quality first and foremost, and this is what gives her art a distinction from the rest of industry. Emilia Wickstead combines traditional design elements with modern silhouettes, and the finished result is always effortless. A strong use of color and minimalist elements are often seen with its dresses, and this label never fails to deliver on femininity. Ahead, see our helpful buying guide and find the perfect Emilia Wickstead dress for your next big event. 

The Most Wanted Emilia Wickstead Dresses

  • Emilia Wickstead’s Gowns

    A formal gown from Emilia Wickstead is a must-have for busy social calendars. Browse Emilia Wickstead’s gowns collection for a selection of dresses that are refined enough for the red carpet, including the Amita, Elaine and Cleo designs. From party-ready metallics and sumptuous velvets to soft silk and crepe, there are dresses for formal events, dinners and dances in every season. 

  • Emilia Wickstead’s Maxi Dresses

    The Emilia Wickstead maxi dresses collection covers just about every occasion, offering versatility for women who are always jet-setting or on the go. Made to double up as office-to-bar dresses, or Spring to Winter options, many designs in this range will impress with cost-per-wear. From iconic balloon sleeves and sharp structuring to soft A-lines, every piece in this collection is a worthwhile style investment. 

  • Emilia Wickstead’s Day Dresses

    The Emilia Wickstead day dresses collection adds elegance to casualwear. From vacation dresses to work dresses, Emilia Wickstead’s eye for simplicity is always present. Signature details include gathered cloqué and high necklines, flattering crepe fabrics, belted midi dresses that accentuate the waist, gentle florals that charm from Summer to Winter, and feminine shirt dresses that can transform office attire. 

The Emilia Wickstead Dress Sizing Guide

Dresses from Emilia Wickstead are labeled in UK sizing, ranging from 6-16. This is the EU equivalent of 36-46, and the US equivalent of 4-14. Dresses are typically true to size based on British standards. There is currently no plus size range available.

Use the chart below to find how your usual size corresponds with the brand’s UK sizing and help you shop more accurately.

For example, if you usually wear a US 6 or EU 36, you should buy your Emilia Wickstead dress in a size 8.

UK sizeEUUSJPAUS
634478
8366910
103881112
1240101314
1442121516
1644141718

How To Care For Your Emilia Wickstead Dress

The fabrics used for the ready-to-wear clothing range from Emilia Wickstead tend to be delicate in composition. Materials choices include the signature crepe, sheer organza, seersucker-organza, soft silk, cottons, and woven cloqué fabrics. Due to the nature of these materials, most dresses from the collection are hand wash only or dry clean only.

- General care advice for dresses:

- Hang dresses inside a closet with a garment bag for extra protection

- Do not leave out in direct sunlight or next to a heat source

- Do not store in a damp room to prevent mold developing on the fabric

- Avoid contact with jewelry as this can snag or damage delicate fabrics

- Never spray perfumes, deodorants or other chemicals directly onto the dress 

Where can I buy Emilia Wickstead dresses from?

Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born designer who is currently based in London. Her dresses and the rest of her premium clothing range can be purchased from the brand’s flagship store, located on London’s famous Sloane Street. For international shoppers, her dresses can be purchased from high-end designer websites as seen on Lyst. These include the likes of Selfridges, Harrods, Farfetch, MATCHESFASHION, Mytheresa, LUISA VIA ROMA, and Moda Operandi. You can also shop directly on the Emilia Wickstead website. 

Are Emilia Wickstead’s wedding dresses ready-to-wear?

As well as creating dresses for different occasions, Emilia Wickstead also has a bridal department. The label offers a bespoke bridal service and a ready-to-wear collection. The ready-to-wear bridal range offers a more minimalistic option for modern brides, and can be found on designer retail sites such as MATCHESFASHION, Moda Operandi, and others. 

How much do dresses from Emilia Wickstead cost?

Dresses from Emilia Wickstead typically range from $450 for basic pieces to $3,800 (USD) for ball gowns and more intricate designs. The price for ready-to-wear bridal gowns are $1,900 an upwards. For bespoke bridal dress design, prices are dependent on the dress architecture, the complexity of the design process, and the materials used.