Category Archives: Formal Wear

Weddings, Proms, Bridesmaids Dresses, Handmade

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.

 

1950s Style Bustiers & Corsets

1950s era Womens CorsetsWe make many gorgeous ball gowns every year.

But sometimes our brides and partygoers want a dress that is on the simpler side.  Hence our vintage tea-length collection.

These dresses, which we call our ’57 Retro Dresses, often don’t have a built in corset.

Although these dresses (and mod dresses from other brands!) often look great with just a basic bra, a corset can really shape the body and add to the look.

To guarantee the best possible look with unstructured dresses, we introduced our line of vintage style corsets.1950s Style Corset

1950s Style Lace CorsetThese pieces feature gorgeous silk and lace fronts—-they certainly don’t look like the ugly shapewear from a department store that you would be ashamed to have anyone see.

The backs are made from stretchy powermesh with adjustable hooks and eyes in the back.

1950s BustierThese are the most comfortable corsets ever.

What is more, they can me made in any color you can imagine and you can choose from dozens of different laces.

If you are doing a vintage look for your wedding, this can be your “something blue”!Vintage Lingerie Corset

Unlike ready-to-wear corsets, we make these pieces one-at-a-time to fit your measurements.

Corsets226This means that we can make a great fitting corset for a woman of any height or cup size.

If you prefer a corset with a rigid back and lacing, we can, of course, do this as well.  Just contact us with any ideas you have and we will sketch something for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email me (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Although everything is made here in our studio in Denver, Colorado, we can make pieces that fit perfectly even at a distance and have many clients in all parts of the world.

 

Women’s Tailcoats and Tuxes—For Lesbian Weddings and Formal Events

Lesbian Wedding TuxdeoHere are some recent pics from our latest photo shoot.

We wanted to design a perfect women’s tuxedo—that looked good on every body type—-and this is the result.Lesbian Wedding Tuxedo

The cropped jackets end at the narrowest part of the waist—and we tailor each jacket individually to get this just right for each individual client.

The cummerbunds (which can be made with or without pleats) are fully-boned like a corset to gently shape the body and smooth out the silhouette.Lesbian Wedding Tailcoat

Finally, the higher waisted pants with the cropped jacket shape lengthens the body and the legs.

Lesbian Wedding TuxedoWe can do many different fits and leg shapes for the pant—wide leg and bootcut pants look great with this style as well.

The version pictured is an ultra slim pant with a tuxedo stripe and a cropped length.Lesbian Wedding Tuxedo

As with each of our designs, you can adjust any detail.  Change the collar shape—the shape of the points—the buttons.  We offer these pieces in hundreds of fabrics as well.  So we are sure to have a fabric that you like.

Some of the Many Custom Options
Some of the Many Custom Options

Right now the white tuxedo jackets are pictured in a cotton blend moire that has a gorgeous and complicated matte sheen to it.

Lesbian Wedding TailcoatMaking attire for lesbian weddings is a major focus for our business.

We also own the men’s tailoring shop Denver Bespoke, and over the years we have learned the best techniques for adapting men’s hand-tailoring methods to fit a woman’s body.

Just contact us via email so that we can start designing something for you (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

Or check out our Etsy shop to see many many more recent designs and to check our pricing.

Using our Muslin Fitting Method, we first mail you a mock-up cut from cotton and have you send us digital pics.  This means that we can get an amazing fit for you even if you live across the globe.