The principal designer and face behind De Challie, Hajar.M.Gala has contributed enormously to the art of couture in Australia over the last two decades earning a reputation as one of the leading Australian Couturiers. She trained formally in the French couture method at the International Fashion Academy (IFA) in Europe.

De Challie was featured as one of the top couture houses at the prestigious Australian Couturiers’ Ball, Town Hall Sydney for many years. As the finale at the international event Mondo Moda, Sydney Opera House , Hajar’s talent met with international acclaim culminating in a memorable showing in Italy at the Presidential Palace Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Hajar’s talent has been awarded in Australia and met with international acclaim and featured in prestigious fashion magazines such as Collezioni Haute Couture.

De Challie presents exquisite couture bridal and evening wear inspired by the classical art of Haute Couture, offering a traditional couture dressmaking service from the Maisons main atelier in Canberra as well as a personalised couture service for clients interstate and globally.

De Challie is truly a destination for women of style who are striving to be unique, and looking for something over and above a simple sketch or off-the-rack gown.


A De Challie gown is timeless, inspired by the classics of grand couturiers of the past designed with a distinct contemporary flair, combining the classic art of couture with Hajar’s signature techniques. While reviving centuries-old traditions and classic styles her creations appeal to the woman seeking the full couture experience and an individual gown to enhance the feminine silhouette and every woman’s unique beauty.

The romance of the fine lines and beaded silhouettes of the 1920’s Jazz Age through to Old Hollywood glamour of the glorious 1950’s is reflected in every De Challie creation. The memories of a couture experience with De Challie will last a lifetime and give you a unique gown to treasure for years to come.




At De Challie the focus on the tradition of couture dress-making is evident in every creation.  Every stitch is meticulously placed, based on decades of artisanship and couture knowledge. All gowns are individually designed by Hajar over a series of private consultations, where a shared vision for the dress is achieved. This is where the client gains a feeling of the style, silhouette and fabrics by viewing our in-house collection and trying our sample gowns.  As each gown is made-to-measure, a number of fittings are required and it is during this intimate collaboration that a one of a kind De Challie gown evolves.

“Every conception displays a passion for craftsmanship and the pursuit of excellence, executed with the finest silks, light chiffon, delicate georgette, airy organza, and romantic French lace define quaint tailoring masterpieces, perfect cuts, and elegant volumes that enhance the feminine silhouette”


At De Challie we are dedicated to crafting modern yet sophisticated wedding dresses with refined silhouettes and feminine lines.

We believe the bridal design experience should be all about the bride, and look forward to designing a dress for you that perfectly complements your personality and vision, reflecting the most beautiful you”.

“We love every moment of working with our brides, and sharing in their excitement when designing a special gown. We provide a personalised experience throughout the entire journey and can also be present to assist with dressing the bride on her special day”

Hajar and all at De Challie xxx