The Helen Rhiannon Label is designed and handmade by 35 year old Helen Rhiannon Gill, who works from her design studio on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula in Swansea, South Wales.
Over the last 10 years, Helen has worked on a huge range of projects from prom dresses, to National Costumes for pageants and bespoke dresses for Cardiff Singer of the World finalist, Natalya Romaniw, and also the international opera star, Katherine Jenkins.
With a love of making beautiful, timeless dresses, Helen decided to specialise in Bridalwear and launched Helen Rhiannon Bridal in 2010. With a reputation for quality and perfection, the label has grown extensively since 2005 and Helen continues to make classic, sophisticated dresses for the bride who wants something truly unique and handmade in Wales.
In 2013, Helen won the ‘Best Designer’ award in the Welsh Fashion and Beauty Awards and was also a finalist in the Welsh National Wedding Awards under the Best Bridal designer category. In 2014, Helen scooped the ‘Best Independent Bridal Designer’ award at the Welsh National Wedding Awards.
Helen began studying fashion in Comprehensive School which led her to study Fashion Design at the University of Westminster in London where she gained a B.A.(Hons.) in Fashion Design. During this time Helen was Highly Commended by The British Fashion Council in 2003 for a prestigious design competition. She returned home to Swansea in June, 2003, having gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience from her time in London.
After some time, Helen officially launched the Helen Rhiannon Label on 1st March 2005. The Helen Rhiannon Label has since featured on television and in a wide range of publications throughout Wales and London.
In June 2007, Helen won Swansea Bay Young Achiever Award in Business and was also a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur category in Swansea Bay Woman of the Year 2007. In 2008, Helen was awarded Young Home Business Owner of the Year by Enterprise Nation. Since setting up the label in 2005, Helen has been involved in and organised a whole host of fashion shows and charity fundraisers throughout Wales and London, raising more than £12,000 for charity through these events.
Since November 2008, Helen has also proudly been a Big Ideas Wales Role Model with the Welsh Assembly Government. Through Big Ideas Wales, Helen is able to visit schools, colleges and universities to give inspirational talks on being in business and encouraging others to pursue their ideas and make their ambitions a reality.
Helen is also a fully qualified teacher and lecturer which led her to set up the All Sewn Up Sewing Workshops in October 2010. The workshops are designed to help people learn new skills or develop existing skills to allow them to be creative with their own wardrobe.
Helen has more recently been working on the first Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship Pilot in Wales. The focus of the pilot was to revitalise the manufacturing industry here in Wales. Working alongside Coleg Sir Gar and Creative Skillset Cymru, Helen worked with nine businesses throughout Wales to employ 12 young Apprentices to breathe new life into the industry. Helen believes that manufacturing in the UK is the way forward and is proud to say that all Helen Rhiannon garments are made by Helen, in Wales.