Kiwi had role at Kimye wedding

Blenheim bridal designer shines

Last updated 09:51 29/05/2014
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KENDALL IN THE KIWI DESIGN: The model Kardashian wore the beautiful dress in an inky navy.

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THE DRESS: The Vaudeville dress by Johanna Johnson.
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Blenheim-raised bridal and couture designer Johanna Johnson loved seeing one of her dresses feature in the leadup to the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Florence, Italy.

Bridesmaid Kendall Jenner - a model for Chanel and Marc Jacobs - wore a midnight blue satin sheath from the Kiwi's collection to her sister's Parisian rehearsal dinner at Versailles on Friday night.

"We loved seeing shots of [Kendall] in our Vaudeville gown. Spectacularly beautiful," the designer tweeted.

Jenner posted two photos of herself in the dress to the eight million followers of her Instagram page.

It's not the first time big-name celebrities have chosen Johnson's gowns.

Christina Hendricks, from TV show Mad Men, donned a Johanna Johnson gown for the 2011 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Mrs Johnson had custom-made the beaded gown for Hendricks and sent it to her as a gift with the Emmy Awards in mind.

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Four Weddings and a Funeral darling Andie MacDowell have also worn her designs.

Johnson attended Whitney St School, Bohally Intermediate and Marlborough Girls' College before moving to Melbourne at the age of 14.

Johnson told The Express in 2011 that her mother's sewing tutorials back in Blenheim had sparked her interest in fashion.

"We used to try to make various patterns, like Vogue and other labels. I used to sew in school with the girls too but that doesn't seem to happen so much now, which is sad."

Johnson lived in Melbourne for 10 years, before spending time in London and then shifting to Sydney in 2000. She began her business in 2005, slowly building her label up from five staff to 20.

The business was inspired by her frustration at not being able to find a "dream bridal gown".

"I didn't just want a bridal gown, I wanted a dream red-carpet gown. That was really important for me. I couldn't find anything, so about six weeks out from my wedding I decided to get back to what I knew and designed my own."

While on her honeymoon, she decided to ditch her career in graphic design for one in fashion.

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- The Marlborough Express


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