Our Story

Possibly the most expensive item of clothing you will ever own and, ironically, the least worn – wedding dresses get all the glory and do none of the hard yards, instead burning a big hole in the nuptial budget. Why not opt for a designer gown that’s already been down the aisle, but for a fraction of the cost?

“After forking out a small fortune on my wedding gown, I didn’t want it to face the same sad fate as many other wedding dresses – thrown in a box never to be seen again.” 

“After spending hours online searching for a way to trade in my prized possession I realised what was lacking was a bridal service that offered off-the-rack designer gowns – all in one beautiful location. I also believe that in today’s fast-paced, over-consumed digital world brides are longing for that memorable and personable shopping experience like no other.” 

It was then that The Barefaced Bride was born. Created by Melanie Bowman, The Barefaced Bride is a specialised consignment store located in the small beach-side suburb of Kurnell, in Southern Sydney. Our unique boutique primarily offers off-the-rack designer gowns (think lots of samples, some preloved and others new with tags) and authentic vintage dresses. We also have a made-to-order collection from some coveted Australian bridal designers, in addition to stocking a bespoke range of bridal accessories and veils.

Showcasing all of our gowns in our boutique takes the stress out of searching online for your wedding dress while saving you time and money. Whether you’re on a short timeframe, is someone who is ethically eco-minded and conscious about waste or simply wanting a ready-to-wear gown on a specific price point, we are your one-stop-shop for the modern bride.

We pride ourselves on offering a variety of choice with the greatest value for our brides. We understand that no two bride is the same, and thus our exclusive curated collection is ever-evolving. Whether it’s a wedding gown from a top bridal designers’ current collection, a one-off sample gown or a carefully curated vintage dress that holds a unique story that our brides give new life to, we strive to give our bride the option to take home a dress that speaks to them.

Book your appointment today.