Jenny Packham

How to Make a Dress
  • How to Make a Dress

  • If a dress could talk...

    What makes the perfect dress? What do our clothes mean to us? And just why do we dress the way we do?

    If anyone knows the answer, it’s Jenny Packham. One of Britain’s leading designers, she’s the go-to couturier for beautiful pieces for brides, celebrities and even royalty, from Adele to the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Whether she’s on the trail of Marilyn Monroe’s old clothes in LA, designing a bespoke piece for the red carpet or sketching for a new collection, Jenny is always in search of the eternal truths of style: what does it mean to dress well? How do clothes help shape both identity and culture? And how can they help us live more creative, fulfilled lives?

    In this inspiring and evocative memoir, Jenny explores the secrets of great style and documents a career filled with exquisite clothes, from flirtations with punk to uncovering Victorian treasures in downbeat vintage stores and designing the perfect Oscars dress. A brilliant meditation on life and fashion, How to Make a Dressis an unforgettable book for anyone who has ever loved a piece of clothing.

RELEASED 05/03/2020

Jenny Packham graduated from Saint Martin's School of Art and launched her eponymous fashion label in 1988. Now with stores across the world, she is famed for her beautiful bridal gowns as well as her bespoke dresses for public figures including the Duchess of Cambridge, Adele and Dita Von Teese. She is based in London, and How to Make a Dress is her first book.