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About the Soma Atelier

To create beautiful and elegant custom made designer wedding dresses Sydney and Australia-wide, Yan works closely with his customers every step of the way.  He takes each bride through a personalized process to bring dreams, ideas, and inspiration together to create a gown that truly reflects each clients individual and unique style. When complete, each bride has her own custom made wedding dress showcasing a dress with that unique Sydney style. Behind it all is Yan Pothin, the creator of Soma Couture.

Yan has over 17 years of experience in Bridal Couture and Fashion Design, working in fashion houses both locally in Australia, and abroad. Yan has an incredible vision that drives the company and Soma Couture brand, but at its core, he is committed to ensuring that Soma Couture creates gorgeous designer wedding dresses Sydney brides love!

He has long cherished a desire to make each bride’s dream come true on such a special day, their wedding day.  This is reflected in his attention to detail as he strives to create the dream dress for each and every bride.

While his inspiration comes from many avenues, and is always influenced by the bride, her style. Yan knows the designs that have influenced him and his style as a designer. “ fabric and lace can be the inspiration for a design and this can determine the silhouette and cut of a gown.  I also absolutely love the way women were dressed in classic black and white Hollywood films, actresses like Garbo, Hepburn and Munroe to name a few, this is where Glamour and Chic originated and it is still emulated in gowns today.” And it shows.

The influence of Parisian and Hollywood glamour, both past and present, can be found layered throughout his work.

Beyond his influences, his passion for beautiful fabrics, matched with his exquisite design concepts, have established Yan Pothin as a leading edge designer whose creative fulfillment is achieved by designing stunning and unique haute couture gowns.