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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.

 

 

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).

1950s Style Wedding and Evening Dresses

Our Wedding
Our Wedding, Suits and Dresses from Our Shop

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.