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Couture 1950s-Style Ball Gowns

1950s Couture Ball GownHere are some pics of our amazing Seashell Dress.Seashell 4

Every gown that we make is one-of-a-kind and custom made for a client.  So we aren’t afraid to make a wedding gown with a little pop of color!Seashell 3

Designing the right gown for the right event is what we do—and this dress is perfect for a woman who loves a glamorous style with a touch of the mid-Century look.

When we work on a gown like this for a client, we have hundreds of fabrics and colors to choose from.  Any of the details can be designed and redesigned as we sketch to get the perfect look.1950s Couture Wedding Gown

Denver Wedding GownThis piece invokes the 1950s and golden age of Hollywood glamour.—-The perfect dress to wear to a party in Monaco ala Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief” or for a fall wedding.Seashell 5

The skirt is partially inspired by the creations of couturier Charles James who was renowned for his sculptural drapery, and then paired with one of our boned halter vests with lacing in the back.

1950s Wedding DressThe overskirt can be bustled up to reveal a pop of shocking golden orange.

These pieces are cut and sewn from hand-underlined silk duppioni.  By laying in a soft cotton layer, we are able to create a full bodied sculpted look that is wonderfully rumple resistant.Corset Back Dress

The halter bodice is made with spiral steel boning for a comfortable and flexible feeling.

When we make a ball gown like this one, we generally Muslin Fit all of the pieces.

For this process, we mail you a cotton mock-up of the dress to try on.  You send us digital pics and all of your comments and feedback and we rework the patterns to fit you exactly.

No more having your B-cup dress altered to fit a A-cup or a DD.  We start with your measurements and ship out a dress that fits.

We also made the 1950s style wedding hat and the freshwater pearl jewelry in colors to match the dress.  We love to make accessories.

If you are interested in discussing a dress, just drop me a line (at superhero@vigilantelabs.com ) and we can start sketching and designing the perfect dress.

 

 

Handmade Mod Dresses

Imagine shopping for a dress when there are a virtually infinite number of choices in your size and all of them will fit you perfectly.

Imagine a catalog of dresses that includes every style of dress ever worn.

We can make the dress of your dreams.

Send us your favorite still of Audrey Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor and we will draft a custom dress pattern for you that works with your sensibility and we will make it in your choice of thousands of possible fabrics.

The images show some  recent dresses that we made for a bridal party where each girl got to choose the style of her own dress.  These dresses are made from an elegant de-lustered satin.

We can make these same styles in a variety of wools, silks, cottons, and linens that will be perfect for your life and the events you plan to attend.

Just let us know what you might like and we will send you some swatches.

We have a variety of fitting options for customers who are local and who are from other parts of the world.

And a great fit is always guaranteed.  We make dresses in plus sizes as well!

Most dresses in this style will cost around $425 depending on fabric and fit options.

Once we have a chance to sketch some ideas and look at fabrics, we can give you an exact price.

If you are considering a custom dress, contact Lianna K (superhero@vigilantelabs.com) to get started.

Retro Summer Dresses

We love to make 1950s and 1960s style dresses.

Some for bridesmaids and summer weddings, some for work, author’s book tours, some for picnics and BBQs.Bell Dress

Because everything we do is custom, we can make a dress in any fabric and with any set of details you can imagine.

Suppose you see an old newsreel and like the dress that Jackie Kennedy is wearing in it.  Just forward a still on to us and we can duplicate it, either exactly, or with a more modern fit for wear with modern undergarments.Cotton Bell Dress

We can get 10s of thousands of different fabrics.

If you email me, I can send you links to some of the best suppliers of designer fabrics or can mail you swatches of the fabrics that we have in stock.  Classic wool suitings (we specialize in crepe!), satins and silks, or cotton sateen and cotton prints.

We can make dresses in any size as well.  So if you have a hard to fit figure, but want something that flatters, we can handle it.

For special dresses, we do a muslin fitting .  For this process, we make a mock-up of the dress in cotton and send that to you to try on and provide us with digital pics (or we fit it on you in person if you can make it to Denver).  Wool Crepe 1950s Dress

This guarantees a perfect fit and the exact look you are going for.

The pictures show different dresses that we have made in the past month or so.

A draped bell dress with dolman sleeves made from nude cotton sateen with horsehair in the hem.

Two plus size dresses in stunning cotton prints with a wide surplice.  And a mini surplice 1950s style dress made from hunter wool crepe.

Early 1960s Dress SketchThe sketches show some different ideas that I just sketched up for a group that is having us make some retro bridesmaid’s dresses.

1950s Bridesmaids Dresses

Contact Lianna to talk more about designing the perfect dress (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).