― Vivienne Westwood
Formal dresses for black tie events and galas are not always easy to find. Often, if you buy ready-to-wear evening dresses from conventional shops on the high-street, you may struggle to find the right fit and style. So many times, I have clients who contact me looking for that one, special evening dress that they can treasure for years in their wardrobe. By choosing to have your evening dress custom made for you, you’ll remove all those negative thoughts about buying an evening dress from a ready-to-wear shop: will it fit right? Is it flattering? Will I feel confident? Will someone else be wearing the same dress? Do I feel like me? Instead, having your formal dress custom made means you’ll have everything you love and want in one dress, and you’ll have control over how it fits, and what parts of your body you want to define and flatter. What’s more, you’ll cherish your custom evening dress forever and will wear it time and again for all those special occasions to come. Please click here if you’re looking for custom made prom dresses or a Mother of the Bride dress.
The process for a custom made evening dress is similar to my custom wedding dresses. I invite my clients for an informal, friendly consultation (free and up to 60 minutes long) where we can chat about your event, style and what kind of dresses you like to wear. We’ll look at fabric samples, sketches and internet images to get an initial idea of your evening dress. I will then compile and email you an estimate detailing labour and material costs. If you approve, we then begin the process of taking your measurements and finalising fabric choices. As per my custom made wedding dresses, I construct a mock version of your evening dress in calico (called a toile) so that we can assess the fit and style of the design.
My costs for a custom made evening dress vary greatly depending on the style of dress and choice of fabrics. However, bespoke evening dress prices typically start at £500 plus materials. It’s helpful to remember, that this cost includes your design as well as the couture construction of an evening dress. You will receive an atelier-like experience where a beautiful evening dress will be made according to your full body measurements. Your evening dress will fit you perfectly as it will be made for you, as opposed to a general shop size. It’s a wonderful experience and you’ll leave my service with your very own couture evening dress.