School Ball Gowns

Nicola loves Ball Season as it allows her creative juices to flow. She loves the girls’ enthusiasm and excitement as they come with their pictures and fabric, ready to be turned into Cinderella.

Nicola has never made the same gown twice!!

Rosie - Short Silver-Sequin ball dress with long sleeves and Keyhole back. Elim Ball, 2016
Rosie - Short Silver-Sequin ball dress with long sleeves and Keyhole back. Elim Ball, 2016
Rosie - Stunning tear-drop shaped keyhole back
Rosie - Stunning tear-drop shaped keyhole back
Juane - Ball gown made from an Indian sari, with tulle overlay
Juane - Ball gown made from an Indian sari, with tulle overlay
Juane - School ball gown using an Indian Sari
Juane - School ball gown using an Indian Sari
Katarina - took away the Queen of the Ball award in this stunning lace and chiffon gown with "illusion" sleeves and back
Katarina - took away the Queen of the Ball award in this stunning lace and chiffon gown with "illusion" sleeves and back
Katarina - "Illusion" back and sleeves
Katarina - "Illusion" back and sleeves
Rosie, in her classic white chiffon ball gown. Elim ball, 2015
Rosie, in her classic white chiffon ball gown. Elim ball, 2015
Rosie, Beautiful back detail
Rosie, Beautiful back detail
Rosie, close-up of beaded neck detail
Rosie, close-up of beaded neck detail
Rosie - Guipure lace mini-dress, with detachable silk chiffon skirt
Rosie - Guipure lace mini-dress, with detachable silk chiffon skirt
Rosie, Key-hole back.  The silk chiffon skirt is detachable.  Elim ball 2014
Rosie, Key-hole back. The silk chiffon skirt is detachable. Elim ball 2014
Rosie, Detachable skirt removed
Rosie, Detachable skirt removed
I made this gown when I was just 17, back in the early '90's for a national fashion design awards.  Beautiful fuchsia Thai silk
I made this gown when I was just 17, back in the early '90's for a national fashion design awards. Beautiful fuchsia Thai silk
Tori -Blue satin & Chiffon ball-gown
Tori -Blue satin & Chiffon ball-gown
Tori - Back view
Tori - Back view
Sophie - Lilac Chiffon gown with plaited details
Sophie - Lilac Chiffon gown with plaited details
Kathy - Bias-cut silver ballgown with black lace
Kathy - Bias-cut silver ballgown with black lace
Ellen - Short Ivory halterneck ball dress
Ellen - Short Ivory halterneck ball dress
Natasha - Bronze ball-gown with contrasting underskirt and beaded lace detail.
Natasha - Bronze ball-gown with contrasting underskirt and beaded lace detail.
Maitua - J-Lo inspired gold gown. (Won "Best Dressed" for the ball for Otahuhu College, 2009
Maitua - J-Lo inspired gold gown. (Won "Best Dressed" for the ball for Otahuhu College, 2009
Brittanie - Satin and Chiffon gown with plaited strap detail
Brittanie - Satin and Chiffon gown with plaited strap detail
Lorelle - Silk, chiffon, and lace corset and skirt
Lorelle - Silk, chiffon, and lace corset and skirt
Renee - Red silk chiffon ballgown
Renee - Red silk chiffon ballgown
Renee - Ballgown back
Renee - Ballgown back
Rachna - lace-up corset and full draped skirt
Rachna - lace-up corset and full draped skirt
Brittanie - White organza ball dress with pink ruching.
Brittanie - White organza ball dress with pink ruching.
Gabby - Backless gown with silver sequin trim
Gabby - Backless gown with silver sequin trim
  • About Us

    Beautiful wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and gowns for every occasion.

    Nicola is an Award-winning designer who has been creating stunning gowns for Brides and Bridesmaids for over 20 years.

  • Contact info

    Our Location:

    128 Mountain Rd,
    Epsom, Auckland, 1023
    Phone: 09 631 5604
    Mobile: 021 918 141
    Email: info@nicoladawsondesign.co.nz

  • Testimonials

    • "... I also showed her my top two favourite wedding dresses, and she designed one dress combining both designs. I was sold ..."
      Nicki
    • "Nikki captured everything about me in the dress... On the morning of the wedding, I cant describe how I felt when I put it on.  "
      Nicki
    • "Nikki was excellent to deal with. Together we designed my wedding dress which was beautiful. Her knowledge, creativity and skill is exceptional."
      Joanne Williams
    • "Nikki has a great personality and very easy to deal with. WE are going back to Rarotonga next year and will get Nikki to design me another dress to celebrate."
      Joanne Williams
    • "Nicola was able to create the difficult gown that I had envisioned with ease. I absolutely love my dress and hope I and wear it again one day!! Throughout the whole process she was extremely helpful, understanding and friendly, even when I had last minute changes to make a few days before the wedding."
      Tui Moore
    • "…that was my princess moment. When I look at our photos now, I remember how happy that dress made me feel. Thank you so much Nikki, Im so glad your stunning product was such an important part of my day."
      Nicki
    • "By the time I found Nikki I had almost given up on my dream dress. I was so shocked when Nikki said that although it would be difficult she thought that she could do it. And she did! My dress was and still is amazing, and was everything I ever dreamed. I’ve had so many compliments about it and would highly recommend Nikki to anyone who is looking to have their dream gown made. Thank you again Nikki for making me the perfect dress."
      Jennifer
    • "10/10! I love my dress. Nikki did a great job on my gown, was for our vow renewal in Rarotonga so I wanted something appropriate but cool and comfortable. Nikki achieved all of this."
      Melisha
    • "Our photographer said “that dress is mean” haha, and it was. Also it was very flattering, slimming and incredibly comfortable."
      Melisha
    • "She was able to make my custom designed dress at a fraction of the price as other companies had quoted me with beautiful quality and exceptional customer service!"
      Tarryn Donaldson
    • "My dress turned out to be everything that I wanted it to be and I looked forward to the journey out to Nicola for fittings as she is such a lovely down to earth person to deal with. I would highly recommend Nicola for any dress you may need!!"
      Tarryn Donaldson
    • "From the moment we met I knew I’d found the right person to make my gown. Nikki made me feel instantly comfortable, I had a bit of an idea as to what I wanted and Nikki was fantastic at putting forward suggestions so that we came up with the final design."
      Gaynor
    • "Nikki was just fantastic. From the first consultation she (seemingly effortlessly) took on all of my many ideas, added her own unique design ideas and came up with something really beautiful and just perfect for me."
      Jenna Evans
    • "It was a great and very relaxed process of fittings and tweaking until my dress was just perfect. Nikki has a great eye and was very good at adapting as she went along,"
      Jenna Evans
    • "Every aspect was perfect - design, fit, detail, sewing, etc. On my wedding day, I stepped into my dress and felt amazing. Nicola was great to deal with, even when I changed the entire skirt of my gown one month in."
      Rachel
    • "Nicola is just fantastic! I envisioned the most difficult dress to have designed and made - and she pulled it off brilliantly!"
      Lauren
    • "The art of dressmaking is a dying one. It is very rare to find a woman that is so passionate about her work, who completely knows what she’s doing and has all of the “old” skills to make an absolutely amazing gown. The end result was exactly what I wanted."
      Angela Burgess
    • "I work in Event Management and deal with Brides on a daily basis - I could quite confidently say that the dress she made me for me was one of the very best I’ve ever seen (not to be bias) & I would definitely recomend her to anybody who (like me) has something different in mind, is very fussy about detail & is on a budget!"
      Kim Metahysa