Couture Bead Masters
Designer and Educator of Couture Beading & Embellishment
Artisans, Education, Fashion, Visual Arts
Couture Bead Masters is founded by Charlotte Appleby, a British Couture dress designer, trained at London College of Fashion in Handcraft and Production tailoring. I initially worked within fashion, film and theatre before setting up my own business, The English Tailoress. I always had a passion for couture beading and applied it to many of my evening wear and bridal designs. I learnt the skill in 2007 through a workshop and became hooked on the ‘Luneville’ technique. This technique is practiced in the couture houses in Paris today however its origin dates to the early 1800’s.
I celebrate the traditional art of couture beading and share my experience with other designers, enthusiasts and companies worldwide. I set up Couture Bead Masters to maintain these artisanal skills within the industry to keep the traditional techniques alive.
Alongside my private commission work, I educate internationally-run workshops, and courses teaching specialist skills executed in my work. I also provide specialist couture supplies and online resources sharing my knowledge and continued appreciation of couture beading and embellishment.