Women’s Formalwear on the Runway!

Cropped Tuxedo Jacket with Silk and Lace Corset
Cropped Tuxedo Jacket with Silk and Lace Corset

We just completed one of the most fabulous runway shows we have ever put on.

For this show, we focused on our women’s formalwear collections—-which is what Denver Dressmakers is all about!

We led off with some of our amazing suits, pairing some of them with cummerbunds and some with corsets.

We showed some of our rocking tailcoats and some of our cropped jackets.  And we finished up with our mod tea-length dresses and finally a ball gown.

We don’t always show on the runway, but we felt that this was one of our best collections yet and we wanted everyone to see the amazing pieces coming out of our studio here in Denver, Colorado.

We even made it onto the front page of the Denver Post!

Moire Tuxedo with Silk Cummerbund and White Veil
Moire Tuxedo with Silk Cummerbund and White Veil

Everything we do here is couture—–which means that we can make something just for your event.  So if you see a suit or a dress that you want in a different color (say for a rock performance or a lesbian wedding), just drop us a line and we will discuss how to design the perfect look for you.

Every year, we make clothing for clients all over Europe, Australia, and the US, and we would love to make pieces for you.

You can contact us at superhero@vigilantelabs.com

All photos are courtesy of Jim Bailey.  Definitely check out his Facebook or Website for more of his amazing work.

 

 

Lesbian Wedding Vest Gallery (pt1)

We love making our vest and pant suits for lesbian weddings!

No more frumpy boxy suits with ugly shoulders!

Lesbian Wedding Attire

Our vests can be so much more fitted than a jacket and are structured just like a dress bodice for a beautiful slim shape.

Here are some of the most recent pics from this season:  Weddings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, in California, and in Tel Aviv, Israel.

We are so proud to have made suits for clients in all parts of the world!

The Superhero Gown

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The pics show two of our most amazing recent dresses.Silk Wedding Dress

We can make almost anything—–and we are never too afraid to fly head first into the face of the unknown—–at least when it comes to dressmaking.

So we wanted to make a dress that symbolized the superhero spirit!

Handmade Ball Gown

The first dress (in most of the pics) is cut from a gorgeous silk duppioni fabric in black and then hand-painted with metallic silver and gold paint and fluorescent sign painter’s enamel in neon pink.

Colorado Couture Gown

The paint makes the dress literally glow in certain lights.

Under blacklight, the dress is almost shocking.

Black and Silver Gown

The dress has a 1950s style ball gown shape that can be worn bustled or let down for a full train.

It is cut with pleats at the front and side and a princess line in the front.Wedding Dress

Of course, this is only one example of a dress that we can make.

We design each dress from scratch for each customer.

And we work with you to bring out and express your inner super powers.3447001134470007

When a client contacts us to order a dress, we talk with her about the styles that she loves and the life that she lives, and then we start sketching until we get a style that is exactly what she loves.

Then we draft a pattern from scratch that is exactly to her measurements.

il_fullxfull.473298109_qin5Store-bought dresses start out as a B-cup and then need to be altered to fit.

Our dresses start out as a cotton muslin which we mail to you to try on.  You send us digital pics and comments and we alter the patterns to capture exactly the right fit and style.il_fullxfull.473273696_ehbx

Finally, we make a dress that is designed from top to bottom to fit your body and style.

il_fullxfull.473273674_nurwThe final few pics show a second version of this dress that we made for a client.

This dress is cut from 3 tones of silk duppioni for a similar look that isn’t quite as shocking.

il_fullxfull.473298039_2d7uIf you are looking for a wedding dress, the best way to get in touch is to send us an email.

You can write Lianna at superhero@vigilantelabs.com to talk more.

We would love to get started designing the perfect thing for you.

 

Couture Blouses—For Weddings and Everyday Wear

Bias Cut Blouse Made from Silk DouppioniWe started making custom made-to-measure blouses for women a couple years ago.Wedding Blouse

Many of our clients weren’t quite sure what to wear with one of our suits and struggled to find something that looked right without being too masculine or boxy.custom silk blouse

Although we do make buttondown dress shirts for guys, we tend not to love the way that dress shirts look on curvier women—they always seem a bit too tight to too loose or even both at the same time.

But on the other hand, we didn’t want to do knit blouses—-there are so many cheap knits out there that clients could always find something if they wanted to go with that (less formal) look.Collared Blouse

Silk Noil BlouseInstead, we began developing “bias cut” pullover blouses.

Fabric that is “bias cut” is cut diagonally across the fabric so that the grain runs at a 45 degree angle.

Raw Silk BlouseThis method of cutting uses much more fabric, but creates a piece that is quite stretchy and drapes beautifully.

These blouses can also be made from the most gorgeous of our woven silks and wools—the result is crisper and much more formal than a knit, but still has all of the great qualities that we associate with knits.

ruffle blouse from silk noil and duppioniThe first blouse pictured is our take on a “shirt and tie”.

silk noil blouseThe blouse is entirely made from a gorgeous necktie silk with subtle multi-colored stripes.

This piece is pictured in a sleeveless version, but all of our blouses can be made sleeveless, with cap sleeves, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, or long sleeves with any style of dress shirt cuff.

il_fullxfull.481757349_tos5As each piece is completely custom, we can mix and match any details to get the perfect look for you.

The second top has a large 1920s style collar and bloused cuffs with gathering.

women's tuxedo shirtThis shirt is shown made from off-white silk noil (a soft “raw” silk with short fibers) with a bright white-on-white striped cotton collar.il_fullxfull.435473835_qxbv

The result is a feminine take on the dress shirt with an utterly soft and stretchy body and sleeves and a crisp collar.

The third top pictured is also made from a soft silk noil with a surplice front with gorgeous iridescent silk duppioni ruffles.il_fullxfull.411780457_9en9

This piece is one of our sportswear looks and is pictured with a silk tweed pencil skirt that we made—a piece like this is great for business or pleasure.

Pinstripe HoodieThis look also shows our cap sleeve.il_fullxfull.411780659_cu6l

The tuxedo top shown here in blue silk douppioni is another version of our necktie look, but here in a more formal version designed to look great with one our tuxes.il_fullxfull.402898025_fog5

The top has a built in bowtie and cummerbund.   The ties can be tied in a bunch of different ways.

We can get a over a hundred different colors of silk for this look.

The look with the orange and yellow silk burnout velvet is one of our cowl neck styles.  The draped triangular inset looks gorgeous with lots of our suit and vest styles.il_fullxfull.402897671_hxmg

Finally, the last few pics show one of our hoodie tops.

This blouse is cut from a gorgeous superfine wool menswear fabric.

The result is a gorgeous pullover that can be layered into all sorts of gorgeous outfits.

Most of the tops that we sell are part of a larger custom outfit.  But if you are thinking of a top, contact me at superhero@vigilantelabs.com so that we can design something for you

Or check out our Etsy sportswear store: www.vigilantelabs.com

We can really make almost anything you are looking for!

 

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