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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.

 

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.

 

Art Deco Wedding Dresses

Lavender Wedding DressWe only make a couple dozen custom wedding dresses every year.

And every dress that we make is a distinct work of art—designed and created to have the perfect fit and look for an individual bride.

Often we sketch, design, and source fabrics for the dresses for months before we even start making the dress.

And the whole process of making and fitting the dresses (which we can do locally or via the mail) is intense.

We spent 40 hours just sewing the lace and trimmings to this dress—and creating the beaded tassel for the back.

But in the end, the process is worth it.

A dress that is made just for you is a dress that reflects your individual personality and passions.  Art Deco Wedding

It is a dress that will symbolize you and your hopes and aspirations.

Having the perfect wedding dress isn’t just about how the dress looks, but also about what the dress means.

And taking the time to design a unique wedding dress makes for a piece that is interwoven with your life.

This dress is designed with an art deco look in mind.

A bit of the silent movie star on the silver screen.

A bit of the Grecian drapery inspired pre-Raphaelite look.

The dress itself is made from a gorgeous lavender chiffon with a crisp iridescent duppioni skirt, and multiple vintage laces and trims.

Lavender Wedding DressGlass and seed beads were strung together to make the gorgeous detachable jewelry for the back neck.Lavender Art Deco Dress

From the front the dress has a trim silhouette, but from the back the chiffon drapes into a beautiful cascade.Deco Dress

Everything in the color scheme compliments the bride’s features which is amazing for a wedding dress—because not that many of us look good in stark white.

Initial Sketch
Initial Sketch
The Muslin Fitting
The Muslin Fitting

The sketches show two iterations of the dress—-both the initial concept and finally a colored illustration.

Also shown is the cotton “muslin” where the trims are just drawn on in sharpie.

For local customers, we fit this in person.

Final Sketch
Final Sketch

For long-distance customers, we mail you the muslins and you snap a pic or two so that we can adjust the pattern to get just the right look.

We can really make just about anything.

So if you having been looking and looking for a dress and nothing out there seems right, just drop us a line.

1000046_10152268378190283_678425075_nWe can also make any dress in any size.  So no need to buy a dress with the wrong cup size and then pay someone to alter it.

If you would like us to start designing a dress for you, just drop me a line via email (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).