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Barbara McKenzie also offers a bespoke service that allows clients to be part of the design process in order to create their own unique item!

Whether you need a dress for graduation, a dress for a wedding or your own wedding, dresses for your bridal party we are here to take away the stress of shopping for one and create a unique custom-made garment that shows both theirs and Barbara McKenzie's style.

If you'd like to create your own custom-made item, please do the below:

  • Based in Johannesburg:
    • Please drop us an email to book an appointment on
  •  Based outside of Johannesburg:
    • Please drop us an email stating the details of what you would like made. 
    • Send measurements using these guidelines. 

 How does the process work? 

  • You send details of what you would like made to
  • We send you a quote for two options:
    • With your own fabric
    • With our own fabric. 
  • When you're happy with the quote you are welcome to pay the deposit (min 70%) or pay the entire amount. 
  • Once your payment reflects on our side, we get started on your order, provided that you have send us your fabric if you have opted to use your own fabric. 
  • Standard production time for a custom made clothing item falls out of our standard 3-5 working days delivery time. An estimated timeline will be communicated to you, as they are not all the same, however standard custom timings are 10-15 working days. Kindly note that anything that is required in less than the communicated delivery time will be charged a Rush Order fee which is an additional 35% of your total cost. 
  • Once completed, your order can be couriered to you or you may collect it.

  • Important things to note
    • All custom made clothing items are NON-refundable nor exchangeable.
    • Items that have not been fully paid for cannot be collected and will not be couriered. 
    • All fittings will be in Paulshof, unless otherwise arranged.
    • Any design or structural changes that are requested after the final design has been decided on and already made will be charged accordingly. eg: adjusting size, adding sleeves, removing parts, shortening etc. 

You may see some of our past work on our Instagram page and below.   

Wanda in her custom made satin maxi skirt
Lerato in her custom made traditional red wedding dress and jewellery. Jewellery was sourced by Barbara McKenzie. 
Asi and her husband in custom made dress and matching shirt. 
Bhee in her custom made floral wrap dress
Ayanda MVP in her custom made jumpsuit.
Aphiwe in her custom two piece. 
Nomtha in her custom polka wrap top. 
Lerato in her custom two piece. 
Luleka in her custom nude wide sleeve dress. 
Lungile in her custom lace graduation dress. 
Sinovuyo Mondliwa in African Print low-back dress.
Lerato in her custom gown at a wedding.
Sinovuyo Mondliwa in African print pants.
Sinovuyo Mondliwa in her uMbaco dress and cape. 
Kolosa Soyizwapi in her custom cream beaded dress.
Kendibone Sapepa in her uMbacho inspired dress.
Nkgabiseng Motau in her minimalist monochrome dress.
Anwani in her cape dress for her 21st birthday.
Lerato Pakkies in her pastel and floral two-piece.
Noluthando Zulu in her African print crop and chiffon skirt.
Aphiwe Msizi in her custom pink midi dress.
YFM's Ayanda MVP in her custom midnight blue two piece at the 2016 MAMAs.
NJ in her custom skirt with hints of African print.
Wandi C in her custom lace gown at the 2016 SAFTAs.
Some uMbacho inspired clothing.