V J Burton Gowns

V J Burton Gowns

V.J. Burton Custom Designed and Made Gowns Vanessa Burton is a master couturier that custom designs and makes one of a kind gowns tailored to your measurements and occasion.

Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaid, Business Events, School Formals, Wearable Art creation, Fantasy/Theatrical/Film and Television Costume. Initial design consultations are free and by appointment only. Located in Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand.

Operating as usual

This V J Burton Rococo Gown is available for limited rental from Shabby Manor. What a beautiful shot from the latest photo shoot done at the amazingly gorgeous Shabby Manor.

Let them eat cake.
Marie Antoinette 1755 - 1793
What a dream photoshoot to be involved with, and a talented team that pulled this shoot together.
#queen #crown #france #marieantoinette #historical #iconic #history #luxury #jewels #excess#indulge #sumptuous #decadence #letthemeatcake #photoshoot #model
Shabby Manor Photoshoots

[03/23/20]   Unfortunately in this crazy time all upcoming fittings will need to be cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions. I will contact you directly to chat about what this means for your gown construction windows. All current gowns I will continue working away on till I get stalled and need a fitting. It looks like I will be unable to see any clients for at least the next month while NZ is on level 4. However if you are a new client want to have a chat about a gown and maybe get a quote I’m still available. We can’t meet just yet though but we can do a lot via Skype and email. I’m so sorry to muck anyone around. If you have any questions please call or email me. Please stay safe and healthy. Best of luck to everyone. Much love. Vanessa ###

Rococo 18th Century Gown

Photography - Vanessa Wood Suede Studios
Model - Mikayla Burton
Art Direction/Location - Donna Jones Shabby Manor
Gown - V J Burton Gowns

I want to take a bit of a left turn from wedding & evening gowns for a second to show you my latest gown creation and art fantasy photo shoot collaboration between myself the extremely talented Vanessa Wood from Suede Studios. Its always so fun to shoot with Vanessa Wood and I'm so chuffed I've had the chance to work with her so many times. She is just an amazing creative and intuitive force. Many thanks to our beautiful model Mikayla Burton who is not only absolutely lovely, professional and kind but I think perfection for this gown. And a huge thank you also to the kindred spirit Donna Jones at the out of this world divinely beautiful Shabby Manor for the use of the studio and exterior locations and for all your energy and the wonderful props and set design. Remember girls... even feminists can wear pink!

V J Burton Gowns's cover photo

Sneak peak... coming soon... Casting call for a new model for my next custom made art gown that’s been years in the works... this one is going to be OTT. Collaboration with the amazing art fantasy photography of Vanessa Wood. https://www.facebook.com/323231967727910/posts/2936633386387742/?d=n


We have found our model. Thank you to all those who applied.

I'm on the hunt for a model who can rock an extravagant Rococo gown for a TFP shoot in Auckland. The gown designer (also named Vanessa) and I are looking to shoot this month or in January. A pre-shoot fitting is required.
Size: 8-10.
Hair: Preferably long and red. Will also consider blonde, strawberry blonde or grey.
Age & Gender: I'm open minded, but must be 18+ and bring your own boobs if you're a dude ;-)
No previous modelling experience necessary, but must be a good poser and have stamina...this gown is epic! Think Marie Antoinette.
Message me if you are interested or know someone who might be. Thanks.

V J Burton Gowns's cover photo

I’m so chuffed and proud to share these photos from my beautiful bride Prue. This is a blush lace and chiffon over duchess satin gown with bead and pearl belt and double layered tulle veil. Such a pleasure from start to finish. Just lovely.

V J Burton Gowns's cover photo

I'm very chuffed to give you a sneak peak of my lovely client Sabina's recent wedding. Such devine children! Sabina's gown has elegant simple clean lines with a deep v shape in the back and a full mid length train and was very comfortable which is rare for a wedding gown. It is made from this amazing one of a kind vintage 1920's cream cotton lace. Both her daughters flower girl dresses have a little bridal satin singlet dress with lace straps like Mums dress and a lace hem underneath the lace, chiffon or tulle over dress. Effectively two dresses in one so they can be worn separately with the flower belt. I also made her sons matching vest and both ties to match. It was a joy from start to finish working with Sabina and her family. Thank you.

Big thank you to my client Bonnie for letting me show these pictures of her beautiful wedding gown and day. This is a one of a kind, two piece, chapel length train, hand beaded, hand applied lace wedding gown. For this gown I did a very unique under bustle so that the entire chapel length train ends up as a puddle length train so she could walk around with ease. Such a beautiful bride, such a nice person and such a joy to work together to design and create something so cool and unique.

[12/21/16]   Seasons Greetings from VJ Burton Gowns. Hope you all have a very
merry holiday season and new year. I am going to be closed for fittings from tomorrow 22/12/16 to 21/1/17. But I'm still contactable during this time by phone or email so please don't hesitate.

Good luck to all my January Brides. I'll be thinking of you on your special days. X


The Barley Dancer - Discover - STQRY


discover.stqry.com Garment Story "This piece is made from a recycled bale of barley straw I had originally meant for our garden. Its golden color is actually the natural color of the barley straw which is a source of constant amazement to me. I have not altered it, it is naturally this gold. It was a very time consumi...

Now the museum show only has a month to go I though I'd share a quick picture of my World of Wearable Art museum piece. The Barley Dancer I made from a bale of barley straw from 2015 WOW. Wonderful museum, my piece is right at the start. It goes on and on each piece more cool, you leave with your jaw on the floor. I was so inspired and thrilled. Hubby enjoyed the classic cars a bit too much. I had to drag him out. Nelson is so beautiful, worth a trip. I'm beyond word to have a piece shown in this beautiful space with so many talented artists. I don't feel I deserve it but I'm so chuffed.

I can finally show my 2016 World of Wearable Arts entry call Bar-Block-O. Made from felt, gold paper pins and chains. I was very chuffed to see it come out first on stage in the Weta Costume & Film section. No awards won this year but it was still terribly exciting to see it worn and come to life. It's a wonderful show, a work of art in itself! Go see it if you can.


WOW - World of Wearable Art

Just found out that my wearable art piece called "Bar-Block-O" is a finalist in 2016 World of Wearable Art show. I believe it's in the Weta Costume & Film section - Baroque & Rococo period. Come see the show in Wellington on from 23/9 it's always a mind blowing show. Not my piece in photo on link, can't show my piece till after show starts as secret squirrel.

www.worldofwearableart.com WOW is a leading international design competition in New Zealand. A creative arts show where artists can push the boundaries of wearable art design.

The Ice Queen - A fantasy collaboration with Vanessa Wood photographer extraordinaire from Suede Studios and Hannah Paterson model/actor exquisite. 3 dimensional snowflake gown, fur and feather shrug, twig headpiece by Vanessa Burton from V J Burton Gowns. Hair/Make up and Feather/Flower headpiece and crystal jewelry by Vanessa Wood.

V J Burton Gowns's cover photo

The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen - A fantasy collaboration with Vanessa Wood photographer extraordinaire from Suede Studios and Hannah Paterson model/actor exquisite. 3 dimensional snowflake gown, fur and feather shrug, twig headpiece by Vanessa Burton from V J Burton Gowns. Hair/Make up and Feather/Flower headpiece and crystal jewelry by Vanessa Wood.

The Ice Queen - A fantasy collaboration with Vanessa Wood photographer extraordinaire from Suede Studios and Hannah Paterson model/actor exquisite. 3 dimensional snowflake gown, fur and feather shrug, twig headpiece by Vanessa Burton from V J Burton Gowns. Hair/Make up and Feather/Flower headpiece and crystal jewelry by Vanessa Wood.

A sneak peak at my most recent collaboration. More pictures to come soon.




Very chuffed to say my wearable art piece called The Barley Dancer is on display in the World of Wearable Art museum now till 1st November. The show is called The Art of Performance.


www.worldofwearableart.com 1 Cadillac Way, Nelson, New Zealand For more information visit wowcars.co.nz

Gothic Splendor Photoshoot

Photographer: Vanessa Wood from Suede Studios http://www.suedestudios.co.nz/.
Model, Hair & Makeup: Alyssia Atonio.
Styling: Vanessa Wood & Vanessa Burton
Designer: V J Burton Gowns

Thought I'd share some amazing photos of a recent photoshoot of one of my gowns. Photoshoot by the creative force and extremely talented photographer Vanessa Wood. I can't decide which one I like the best. How about you?

Photographer: Vanessa Wood from Suede Studios http://www.suedestudios.co.nz/.
Model, Hair & Makeup: Alyssia Atonio.
Styling: Vanessa Wood & Vanessa Burton
Designer: V J Burton Gowns

Very chuffed I got runner up in World of Wearable Arts for the Shell Sustainability Award 2015. My entry was made from a bale of Barley Straw. Will post more detailed photos of my entry soon. Ps wig is worn incorrectly in this photo poo lol.

[07/14/15]   Happy to announce that I am a finalist in the 2015 World of Wearable Art (wow). I think I'm in the open section and my piece is call "The Barley Dancer". Show period starts late September in Wellington if you want to go.


Win a Cook Islands trip by picking a winner

My piece is in the open section called Dame Danse De Colle. Number 25 I think. Vote for me if you can. ###


i.stuff.co.nz Win a fabulous trip to the Cook Islands, by helping select a winner in this year's wonderful World of WearableArt show.


World of WearableArt | World of WearableArt

Keep an eye out for my entry in WOW 2014. It's called Dame Danse De Colle. http://worldofwearableart.com

worldofwearableart.com WOW is a two hour show held annually in September in Wellington, New Zealand to an audience of 50,000 over a twelve show season.

Ivana's Wedding Gown

A recent wedding gown, simple, elegant and I'm really chuffed that she looks breathtaking in the gown. What a lovely, happy, simply wonderful lady, was so much fun to make, enjoyed every second.

Kaja's Wedding

Beautiful client in black velvet and lace gown.

Gorgeous lace, Gorgeous wedding gown. Gorgeous Lady. So nice to have such lovely people as clients.

Lovely client, Lovely tea length wedding gown, Lovely photos! Was a joy to make start to finish.


NBR Best Dressed Man and Woman, CAANZ Effie Awards 2013 | The National Business Review

A gown I made for lovely client won best dressed at Effie Awards. Very chuffed.

nbr.co.nz The National Business Review Online is New Zealand's authority in breaking business news and analysis

WOW 2013


WOW 2013 - It's showtime!

My garment is called Sea Scrubber and its in the South Pacific Section. Not a great photo but you get the gist. Be cool to see it walk tonight!

stuff.co.nz Here is a taste of this year's show for those who can't be there in the flesh.

Our Story

Custom made wedding/bridesmaid/evening gowns, theatrical costuming and wearable art. Vanessa is a couturier/fashion designer who exclusively makes extraordinary one-of-a-kind luxury gowns. All couture gowns from V J Burton Gowns are made to a client's specific style, fabric choice and measurements. All gowns are specifically designed to work within your budget.

Initial design consultations are no charge. Please allow at least an hour or more to meet and discuss your design, sketch out your gown details together and take your measurements. Once we have the design details finalized you will be sent a quotation and we go from there.

Located in Birkenhead, Auckland. By appointment only Monday to Saturday.

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