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.

Completely Custom (Steampunk!) Wedding Gowns

Steampunk Wedding DressA custom wedding gown is a different animal from the mere store-bought.Steampunk Wedding Dress

It might be strapless–but it doesn’t have to be.

It might be white–or gold or silver or pink.

It might be a classic style that everyone will love—or something eccentric, bold, utterly simple, or madly embellished.

Victorian Wedding DressA wedding gown from the store is one that has to “mostly” fit well and flatter 100s of body types.

It is one that 10,000 customers across the country will need to buy for the designer to make money,—so anything too different must be avoided.Top Hat

A custom wedding gown is a gown that is designed from top to bottom to look great on your body.  The waist of the gown can be placed at the exact spot on your body that looks best.  Leather Corset

Its cup-size begins life as your cup size.  And the sleeves and hem are cut for your height the first time around.

Victorian DressBut the real beauty of a custom gown is that it is designed for you and can be as rich with everything that you love as you can imagine.

We work with you sketching ideas and sourcing fabrics that match your taste and give your wedding a style that matches you and your setting.

The outfit in these pictures is from a recent steampunk style wedding and draws upon Victorian sporting dresses.  

The gown is floor length, but cut with handmade suede ribbons with brass buckles that allow the hem of the dress to be raised off of the ground for dancing and strolls in the woods.

Victorian Steampunk Wedding AttireThe skirt itself is made from two tones of iridescent silk duppioni that change colors depending on the angle and look incredible as the sculpted folds of the bustle.

The corset is made from leather and an iridescent brocade fabric with a medallion pattern and is worn over a cotton batiste blouse with suede straps to cinch in the belled sleeves.

Also shown in the pics is a matching silk mini-top hat with leather and peacock feather embellishments.

The groom’s matching outfit (which we made for our menswear shop www.DenverBespoke.com) has a matching vest and string tie, with a brown tropical wool duster and pant and a stand collar shirt.

Victorian Leather CorsetAll of our wedding dresses are MUSLIN FIT.    For this process, we first make a mock-up of the pieces to mail to you (if you are a national or international customer) or fit in person (if you are local).

You try the pieces on and send us your comments on the fit and digital pics, so that we can analyze the fit and adjust the look so that it is perfect on you.

Using this technique, we make pieces for weddings around the world.

Full length silk custom dresses start at $1200.  This includes the muslin fitting, your choice of hundreds of fabrics, a completely unique design, and couture dress structuring with hand underlining (for a stunning sculptural look).

But much of the cost of a dress is the embellishment and fabric, so some dresses are much more expensive.  Let us know if you are on a budget and we can design something that will keep within your price range.

Because each dress is fully custom and muslin fit, the prices include any and all possible alterations (usually we don’t need to make any!).  So when you think about pricing, keep in mind that alterations on store bought dresses often cost hundreds of dollars.

To get started on a custom dress contact Lianna K (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) and we will get back to you with sketches and swatches.

Custom Coats and Leather Jackets

Custom Linen CoatWe make some of the most amazing custom coats and jackets that you can find anywhere.  Every type of material, every style,—custom made to order.Linen Redingote

The pics show some of the favorite pieces that we have made recently.

But we can really make anything you might like.

Our long flared Redingote coats are some of our most popular items and the pics show a few custom versions.

Victorian Wool CoatOne in navy blue wool melton (a heavy felted wool), one in pale green embroidered linen, and one, with a hood, that is cut from a deep olive green worsted flannel and lined in scarlet paisley.

The steampunk map coat that is shown is made from a heavy tapestry brocade that has great body, and has gear buttons.

This coat is shown in a plus size, but every coat that we make can be cut in larger (and smaller) sizes as well.

The ivory coat is a 3/4 sleeve cotton trench coat in spring weight cotton twill.

Olive Green Wool CoatThe remainder of the coats are some of our awesome leather jackets.

The black coat is a motorcycle jacket that is cut from genuine shearling lambskin with a sueded exterior and classic salt and pepper fur inside. Hooded Wool Coat

The collar is cut from longhair toscana sheepskin.  It is shown with a braided leather belt that we cut to go with the coat and decorated with metal studs.

The coat is unique and shaped to match the raw edges of the hides.Steampunk Coat

The deep rust color leather jacket is a custom safari jacket cut from beautiful suede with a leather belt.  We can make safari jackets in wools and leathers in a multitude of colors and styles.

Old Map CoatWhite cotton trenchcoatThe reddish brown jacket is a bull hide motorcycle jacket with a shearling collar and trim.

Shearing is wonderful as a collar, and the short navy zip up coat with a shearling collar was another of our favorite projects.

Custom Shearling Motorcycle JacketFinally the brown coat with a fur collar is one of our custom deerskin dusters.  Shealing Motorcycle Jacket

This one with a collar made from sheared beaver, rust stitching, and embossed Victorian-era copper buttons.

Mixed in are also a couple sketches so you can see how we work.

Suede Safari JacketOnce you contact us, we will start designing something just for you, sending you sketches and leather or fabric ideas.  Wool Melton Peacoat with Shearling Collar

We make coats for customers all over the world, so if you aren’t in Denver, just let us know and we will send you measuring tapes and discuss ways in which we can completely guarantee a great fit.

Sheared Beaver CollarWe are a small couture studio and everything that we make is made in our workshop here in Denver.  Edwardian Coat Sketch

Because we handle everything from design, to patternmaking, cutting and sewing, we can make garments that are remarkable and unique and utilize many many techniques.

Custom Bomber JacketTo get started on a coat, just email Lianna K. (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).

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

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