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1950s Style Wedding and Evening Dresses

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1950s style dresses—which are fitted at the waist and full in the skirt—are one of the most flattering silhouettes for all body types and figures.

We make a ton of 50s style dresses in all sizes, often for weddings, but also for other formal and semi-formal occasions and for customers in Colorado as well as around the world.

You choose from hundreds (or even thousands) of fabrics, and we sketch your ideas until we find something that you just love.

1950s Wedding DressA.J. and I just got married ourselves, which was quite an experience for us, given that we make the outfits for client’s weddings every week.

A Dress By Charles James from The Met Museum

For our own wedding, we weren’t content to make just the bride and groom’s attire, but also insisted on making as many dresses, vests, shirts, and hats as possible.

I will post more about my own dress sometime in the next week.  This posting is about my second favorite dress at the wedding—the one we made for AJ’s mother.

Charles James from The Met Museum

She had seen my Pinterest pins of my favorite designer from the period, Charles James, and wanted to see if we couldn’t design her a dress in the same vein.

After some sketching, we settled on a dress with a large pleated cowl.  The dress has sleeves that sit off the shoulder, a built in corset, a flared skirt, and a large silk flower on the sash.

1950s Wedding DressThe fabric is an iridescent purple and bronze silk duppioni.

Like many of our couture dresses, this one is completely hand underlined in cotton.  This underlining makes the seams crisp, the body wrinkle resistant, and the shapes and forms of the dress utterly sculptural.

We can make full length 1950s style dresses as well.  But tea length dresses are wonderful for weddings as well and can be a more flattering length for certain clients.

We muslin fit most of our dresses so that we can get just the perfect fit and look for each customer.

1950s Style Wedding Dress
Dress Sketch

This means that we mail you a mock-up of the dress that is cut from cotton so that you can test out  the fit and look before we make the dress.

You send us digital pics, and we adjust the pattern to get the look just right.

This means no local alterations.  Everything is included in one price.

Local customers are,  of course, welcome to come in to fit the muslins in person.

So if you have ever wanted to look like Liz Taylor or Grace Kelly, we can help.

Contact Lianna K. (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) to get started on a custom dress and we will send swatches and sketches.

Victorian Petticoats, Corsets and Wedding Dresses

Steampunk Wedding Dress
Wedding Dress Sketch

When we make a wedding dress for a customer, we help you think about not only the parts of the garment that show, but also about the hidden parts of the garment that make the body look awesome.

Our Studio

Our little workshop has been hard at work making dresses and suits for the many weddings that we have booked this summer.

So many amazing looks!

But some of the most fun that I have had has been working on the pieces for a wedding that is particularly important to me—my wedding!

The sketch shows the most recent version of my wedding dress that I am working on.

Victorian PetticoatBut the pictures show our engagement photos.

I spent so much time making the corset and petticoat that will be worn under my dress that I thought they deserved their own photo shoot. Hand Embroidered Corset

Not too often that a wedding photographer gets a request to do the engagement photos of the bride in the undergarments that she will be wearing for the wedding!

But these aren’t just any undergarments.Lacing on Corset

The corset is made from a heavy denim with steel boning and hand-embroidered sea creatures.

The petticoat (which I will wear under the dress to make it poof out in the back) is made from a cotton twill with horsehair bands on the ruffles to make them keep their shape.

Steampunk Corset and Petticoat

Both pieces are completely washable and can be worn for years to come under other dresses, for costume parties, and on the dancefloor.

We can make any style of corset or petticoat.
So if you are looking for something unique, just contact us and we will sketch something for you.

The groom is wearing some of our custom tailored menswear pieces (check out www.DenverBespoke.com for more of our menswear).

The vest is a military style regency piece made from seersucker and linen and is shown with a hand shaped wool felt cowboy hat.Custom Vest and Corset

We are a small couture studio located in Denver, Colorado and we make custom dresses and suits for customers around the world.

One of our specialties is making attire for unique and alternative weddings.

Why get married in a dress made in Asia if you can work with us to design every part of your look down to the undergarments?

All of our wedding dresses are fit using out muslin fitting technique.

For this, we draft a unique pattern to your measurements (we can mail you a measuring tape if you are a distance customer) and then cut and sew a rough cotton mock-up of the dress to mail to you.

You try it on and send us you feedback and digital pics, and we alter the dress pattern to fit you perfectly before we even cut the final pieces.  (If you are near Denver, we can also fit this in person).

This means that we can make a beautifully fitting dress for every shape and size.

No worries about cup size, waist size, height.  We start with your body type and build a dress from there.Victorian Corset

Plus-size and petite customers are welcomed.

Our prices for a full length dress start at around $1200—but if you just want a petticoat or corset the price will be much less.

Contact Lianna K (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) for more info and we will get started designing something just for you.

Engagement pics by awesome Denver-area photographer http://www.sarahchristinephotography.com

Handmade Wedding Dresses (in any style)

We make some of the best clothing in the world.

Bustle Dress

One of our specialties is creating unique, custom, handmade wedding attire.

Unlike nearly every other bridal shop in this country, we produce our patterns and dresses entirely in house.

This means that we can create a dress in any style, with any detail that you like.

We can source over 10,000 different fabrics from around the world, and all of our fabrics are better than anything that you would find in a comparably priced dress elsewhere.

Our fabrics include incredible silks and vintage beaded lace.

Having a dress that is designed and made for you alone is the only way to go.

Buying a dress made from “bridal satin” in a size that only roughly fits you and then paying hundreds of dollars to have it altered still only produces a rough approximation of a wedding dress that is truly yours and fits your body.

Our prices include all alterations and a guaranteed perfect fit.

So even if you could find a dress you liked elsewhere for a bit less money, you would still need to pay $200-$300 to have it altered locally to get a great fit.

Our muslin fitting technique guarantees that we get the dress cut right to look good on you the first time around.

The pictures in this posting show an amazing silk dress made in a 1790s style.  This dress was designed and made by Michelle Zwolinski, one of the couture dressmakers who works with us.

The dress is made from amazing silk with a striped silk bodice and draped back panel.

Just let us know what type of dress you might like and we will work with you until we have sketched the perfect dress and found the perfect fabrics.

Contact Lianna K. (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) so that we can get started working on your dress today.

We are a small couture studio located in Denver, Colorado that makes dresses for customers all over the world.

Photos by amazing Denver photographer Sara Cox.

Picnic and Party Aprons

Spring and summer parties need that outdoor element.  Time to head out to the park or the backyard to serve up some gourmet food.

I designed this style with the hostess in mind.  It is part dress and part apron, simple to slip over jeans or a skirt when the guests start to arrive.

The style in white (with the Kingyo fish applique) is made from a gorgeous cotton jacquard fabric with a white on white floral design that has been printed with African symbols.  The turquoise felt belt ties in the back and is completely handmade.

The second style (with felt dots) is cut from a water resistant micro-fiber fabric…. the kind of fabric that you might use for a luxury raincoat.  This apron has a little bit of a vintage 50s beatnik look to it.

One of our specialties is 1950s and 1960s cocktail and party attire.  We make the pieces with a lot of vintage style, but with totally modern touches that make for a fresh look.

Completely custom party aprons generally cost around $220.  We can make them in any fabric, with and type of design or print that you might like.

We can make anything in our small couture house.  Located in Denver, CO, we make stunning suits and dresses for customers around the world.

Contact Lianna K. (superher0@vigilantelabs.com) about your custom project and she can send you a sketch and fabric swatches.