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Amazing Tailoring on the Runway

White Vest and Pant SuitEvery year we do a couple of runway shows to display our latest and most unique style.

One of our most recent shows took place at the  Museum of Nature and Science here in Denver.

We showed several women’s sportswear, outwear and formal wear looks.

The pics show some of our favorites:  a ivory wool herringbone suit with beige trim, cropped pants, and a flat cap; a purple tweed peplum jacket with a sporty brown topper, brown pants, and a bold silk cravat; an our of our famous rocker tailcoats shown with a velvet 8-panel cap.Denver Fashion Photographer Brent Andeck-4411

Almost all of the pieces we make are created with a specific client in mind.

A client contacts us and we start sketching and mailing her swatches of fabric until we have the perfect design.

We work with clients all around the world making clothing for lesbian weddings and other formal events, stage shows, and every day wear.

But a runway show is a chance to really have fun with our designs.

To us, every good design has an element of fantasy and evokes the classic designs of the past.

If you have a wedding or other special event, contact us and we can design something for you.

The Fairy Dress

This wedding dress is a piece of Rococo fantasy that we put together from silk “rags”.

Fairy Small 1It has a bit of a shepherdess look to it, but is worthy of a fairy queen.

Each piece that we make is 100% custom made to order.

You choose the fabrics and work with us on every detail of the look.  We sketch and design just for you and source fabrics from all over the world.

For out-of-town clients, we can cut and sew mock-ups of the dress to mail to you, ensuring that we get just the right look and fit.

A Touch of Color—Amazing Victorian Inspired Dresses


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A subtle sugarplum silk with a delicate lace overlay.  A bit of the modern with a nod to the Victorian.Purple Victorian Gown

A flannel lined silk biker jacket for extra warmth.

We love to make dresses with a dash of unique style.  Why get married in a dress that is just like the dress that everyone is wearing this year?

The pics show one of the favorite dresses that we made for a recent client.Denver Custom Wedding Dress

She liked a the modern backless style, but liked the slender “natural form” Victorian style dresses as well.

The silhouette features a mini-bustle cut from lace and silk with a lace drape below.

Denver Custom DressDenver Wedding DressAt first, we wanted to design a bolero to go with the jacket, but we settled on something a bit longer and warmer—-that could be worn with blue jeans as well down the road.

Victorian Wedding DressThe jacket has an awesome cowl draped neck with decorative buttons.

The inside is lined in plush cotton flannel.

One of our favorite parts of this dress though is the color.

Combining a color with ivory, as on this dress, makes for a piece that has more character and individuality than a purely white dress.

il_fullxfull.697512624_4q00The soft purple of the dress gives the dress a graceful vintage look.il_fullxfull.697499998_n61g

A colored dress is often much more flattering as well.

A solid white tends to magnify the figure.il_fullxfull.697622363_2wmd

Every year we make suits and dresses for clients in every part of the world—–so if you are thinking of a custom dress, just drop us a line and we will start sketching something for you.

All of these dresses are Muslin Fit insuring the best possible look.

This means that we cut and sew a cotton mock-up of the dress that we mail to you to try on—that way you can send your feedback and comments and we can rework the style and fit to look even better on you—-you just send us digital pics so that we can work with you to decide on the changes.

If you are thinking of a custom dress, just drop us a line ( superhero@vigilantelabs.com ) and we will start sketching up a dress for you.

 

Amazing Custom Trench Coats—For Women

il_fullxfull.579233557_h1ipWe make the best overcoats!

Yes, there are a few other brands worldwide that make fabulous women’s coats—-but how many of them will allow you to choose from 100s of fabrics and will design a coat just for you?

Women's Trenchcoat
Ruched Skirt

From an initial sketch and your measurements to an impeccably tailored final garment, we work with you to get exactly the style, fabrics and details that you love.

Every coat that we make is one of a kind and unlike any coat you can find anywhere else.

We can make our overcoats in any size.  And we draft the pattern just for you.

Sherlock BBC Coat For Women
Upper Back Pleat

So if you are a hard to fit size, petite or busty, we can work with you and get a fit that you love.

Wool Melton Trench Coat
Wool Melton Trench Coat

Although we are called “Denver Dressmakers,” we are quickly becoming a brand that is best known for our custom tailored suits and outerwear for women.

We also run the website www.DenverBespoke.com for men, and have tons of experience crafting highly technical menswear-style garments from some of the finest fabrics in the world.

With A Breast Pocket and Belt
With A Breast Pocket and Belt

When you combine this with our ability to actually fit curvier women, you get coats that look incredible and last a lifetime.

We love to make our coats from fabrics that are literally twice as heavy as the cheap fabrics used for department store coats.  This makes for a coat that will actually keep you warm as well.

A Fur Trimmed Hood
A Fur Trimmed Hood

The pics show some of our most recent trench coats and overcoats.il_fullxfull.689162868_4i3y

Recently our clients have been loving the classic styles of the mid-twentieth century trench coat, but with some feminine twists.

Most of the styles pictured feature either a ruched back or back box pleats for a beautifully flared skirt that is comfortable when walking.il_fullxfull.689172464_t8ul

The jewel toned wine and burgundy coats are both made from a heavy weight wool melton fabric and both feature detachable hoods that button on and off.

The darker wine colored coat has a unique fit with top-stitched seams and a high waistline.

Sherlock BBC Style Coat
Box Pleated Skirt

The two tweed coats in sterling blue and charcoal are made from gorgeous birdseye tweeds.

Sherlock BBC Coat
Classic Double Breasted Overcoat with Welt Pockets

These coats are both inspired by the awesome coat that Sherlock Holmes wears in the BBC series Sherlock and feature classic English coat details like an upper back pleat and box pleats in the skirt (as on the grey and black coat).

The grey coat features angled welt pockets and a classic double-breasted style.

If you are considering a custom overcoat, browse our Etsy store: www.VigilanteLabs.com

Or contact me via email: superhero@vigilantelabs.com

As soon as I hear from you, I will start sketching ideas and looking for fabrics until we get the perfect style for your tastes.

Every year, we make coats for clients all over the world.  So if you are reading this, chances are, we can make a coat for you.