Bombshell was founded in 2007 when London designer Katya Wildman couldn't find dresses to fit her curves. As a television costume designer, she knew all the tips and tricks for dressing different body shapes, so she decided to combine her expertise with her love of old Hollywood movies to create transformational dresses that inspire confidence.
“Bombshell is not just about how you look; it’s a feeling of confidence and strength that comes from inside.”
My love of fashion was born from watching 1940s films as a preschool child with my Grandma, who was a performer in WW2. I was transfixed by the gorgeous silk fabrics, the hourglass silhouettes, and the aesthetic of old Hollywood. My Grandma was one-of-a-kind, always ready to burst into song or tapdance. She had that sparkle and shine that illuminated everyone around her.
People were always complimenting me on my dresses and asking where I got them from, so I made a small run of dresses with a family-run London factory in unusual quirky fabrics like Japanese-inspired prints and skulls and roses. I went to West London and knocked on a couple of dress boutiques. I definitely had a few Pretty Woman moments which makes me laugh to this day - so embarrassing! But there was one shop called Yates Buchanan run by Sunna Yates where my luck changed. She opened the dress bag, loved the dresses and bought seven on the spot! I was really shocked, and when she asked how much they were, I hadn’t thought about it!
“Our customers define what it means to be a Bombshell - they all have a strong sense of joy for life and recognise the importance of making every second count.”
“I've always liked tailoring and the notion of people having clothes made for them - Bombshell is the next best thing.”
Our designs show off the parts you love while hiding the parts you don't. Big bust? Choose a waist-creating dress that makes the most of your décolletage and refines that hourglass silhouette. Pear shape? Go for a dress that sits on the edge of the shoulder with a flared skirt to balance out your proportions.
Expert design, quality fabrics and clever cuts means the clothes do all the hard work to make you look amazing! Slip into one of our garments and see the Bombshell magic in action as wrap bodices, tie waists, sarong style skirts, shirring and elegant necklines fit and flatter in all the right places.
We want women to feel empowered and confident when they're wearing a Bombshell design. We want them to rediscover their sense of self and see that this beautiful person in the mirror was there all along - Bombshell just set her free. A word of warning: feeling this good can be addictive!
“We understand what makes you feel confident. That feeling of putting on a dress or a jumpsuit and it just works and makes you feel amazing.”
When I started Bombshell, I was working globally as a costume designer and the brand grew itself. There came a point where I had to make a decision and leave my dream career to take the brand to the next level. When Nigella bought several Bombshell dresses in 2009, that was a real pinch-me moment! Meeting my partner in 2015 made me realise that Bombshell had a lot more to give. I’m enjoying season by season expanding the Bombshell world across more styles.
There’s always something new and exciting to bring into the Bombshell world.