Jane Hill has been a leading figure in the Australian bridal industry for the past 24 years, her beautiful and unique designs have been sought after both in Australia and internationally. Jane Hill offers the best personalised and individual service, catering to a wide range of looks from classic to modern and the fashion forward bride.
After completing her formal fashion design training, Jane moved to Adelaide to work as a pattern maker. It was here that her innate interest for couture began to grow and in the late 1980‘s Jane started making weddings dresses from home.
Realising her passion for design, Jane moved back in Melbourne in 1990 where she opened her first bridal shop in Glenferrie Road, Melbourne. It was here she began to build her well established name.
In 1995 Jane’s business had grown significantly and to meet the demands of her expanding clientele she moved to High St, Armadale, and in doing so helped shape the popular bridal precinct you see today.
After briefly working under the name Baccini & Hill, Jane decided to go a different direction and established her own smaller and more personal bridal boutique.
Drawing upon knowledge of the Paris Fashion Houses, which had always been an inspiration to her, Jane sought to create a more unique and intimate experience for her brides. Her emphasis was now on designing custom gowns to cater to individual needs, it was here that the exclusivity of Jane Hill and her designs was born.
In 2008, Jane moved to her studio in Toorak where she continued to create her custom designs as well as develop her unique sample range. She sought to offer a very personal experience for the bride which was in stark contrast to the large bridal boutiques we see today.
Sadly in 2013, Jane passed away, but her name is carried on by the Jane Hill team, including her two daughters who all share Jane’s passion and who she had entrusted to help create the vision of Jane Hill.
“I have around me a group of the most talented people who each take pride in their part in producing gowns that are of the highest standards”.
“In the 1950’s, Paris Fashion was the second largest export industry in France. Fashion Houses needed to belong to the “Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne” to be able to call themselves couturiers. Terms for membership included having patterns created by the fashion designer or the designers team, having the gown made in the firms own workshop and these workshops employing a minimum of twenty people. The patterns duplicated by the firm could only be made to the measurements of the clients, “No mass production”. Collections needed to be presented twice a year in Paris on dates set by the Chambre with each collection composed of no less than seventy five patterns and presented on at least three living models. In addition to the showing with the Chambre the fashion houses had to also present their collections forty five time on their own premises.
While most of the rules are just a list of numerical cut-offs they are built into the Chambre specifications a structure of permanent relationships that form the philosophical heart of the fashion house, each link equally essential and each person, from designers, fitters and hand finishers playing a part in the gown final flawlessness.
– Jane Hill –