Welcome to Uptight Clothing...
Uptight Clothing is situated in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5.
The home of the coloured wedding dress. Janice Whitehorn is England's leading designer of Alternative, Coloured, Corseted, Period Inspired Wedding Dresses and Bespoke Underwear Corsets and Fantasy Jewellery. Based in Bedfordshire.
All gowns are designed and made to order here in the Bedfordshire studio, and are only available via personal fittings, as this is made to measure, bespoke service, mail order is not available.
Uptight has been around for a while now, since back in 1999.
A big thank you too all past brides who have made running Uptight a joy to run!)…making some spectacular wedding dresses for brides all over the UK and beyond…..we had count up and its just over 200 gowns to date.
Uptight started from a bedroom, then a rented work space on varying sizes, until after over 10 years on an industrial estate, Uptight was able to move the business home into a purpose built beautiful garden building, surrounded by a magical fairy garden in 2013.
The new workroom has settled in nicely with Uptight and the customers, we all think that working from the secret garden is fab, also in the garden is a life size Tardis built by Mr Uptight, a bit of a Dr Who fan....very good for brides and friends to have a pic with.
There was just too many past real brides to put them all up on the website, but there is still many, many real brides for you to view and take inspiration from, as well as gowns from the collection.
Founded in 1999 by Janice Whitehorn, Uptight Clothing is a small independent business, specialising in Alternative, Couture -Corseted -Period Inspired Bridal Gowns, bespoke Underwear corsets and Fantasy Jewellery, all made to measure in the showroom in Bedfordshire.
After studying both fashion and Costume , Janice started her career as a costume maker working for theatres such us the Manchester’s Royal Exchange, and London’s Saddlers Wells, Covent Garden Opera House and Shakespeares Globe Theatre, alongside West End productions of The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, and Sleeping Beauty, Faust and A Soldiers Tale at the Royal Opera House, also for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and East Enders. But after a few years of doing both bridal wear and costume, the bridal side of the business soon took over and this is what she had been concentrating on for over the past ten years, in which she has made for over 200 happy brides.
Uptight Clothing have featured in major bridal magazines such as Brides Magazine, You and Your Wedding, Cosmopolitan bride & Alternative Weddings Magazine alongside wedding blogs like ‘Off beat bride’ and ‘Rock N Roll Bride’ .
All Uptight gowns are individually designed for each new client, and made to order here in the workroom in Bedfordshire. There are no out workers, all work is done by hand by Janice on the premises at Uptight Clothing.
Uptight loves taking our brides on a journey, and strongly believe that the design and fitting processes of your couture dream gown are an important part of a brides wedding experience.
Your journey will start with a visit to the purpose built showroom to discuss your desires and dreams. You will enjoy a specialist design session and the illustrious skills of the proprietor and seamstress, Janice Whitehorn. This will encompass Janice getting to know you and noting your ideas and needs for your gown. A review of the colours chosen for your gown, the fabrics and any themes you are planning for your special day. Handmade accessories are often discussed at this stage to complement your bespoke gown.
Following this Janice will cut, fit and hand make your gown to order leading you through a hand drawn design, a calico fitting, gown fittings and finally present and dress you in your finished gown, a special day for any bride to be.
All gowns are as individual as you, and often the original drawn design will be tweaked during the fitting process as the luxurious fabrics, often decorated with beautiful hand embroidery, applique and beadwork come together
This process is personalized to the bride allowing you total control of your gown at each step of the way.
......Bring your friends to the fittings, and enjoy the experience of being the center of attention, and having your own dress made in comfortable, relaxed, and more importantly, sparkly surroundings of the showroom! Not only are the sample gowns to see in person and try on, but jewellery to try with your gown. Janice can also help with finding a hairdresser, make-up artist, colours for brides maids.....all from one place!