The Couture Process
We'll work closely with you through a series of appointments, starting with a consultation and a sketch. Throughout your fittings, one of our expert designers will turn your hazy dreams into solid, steel-boned reality. The process will end with a truly collaborative piece of wearable art.
A typical Couture ensemble requires five appointments
1. Consultation & Design
Most of our designs feature a Bespoke corset and separate skirt. Additional garments, such as boleros or shrugs and second skirts are also popular. Each piece is completely tailored to your design and body. Sometimes two consultations are required.
You will be provided with a quote from our Couture Coordinator at or shortly after this appointment. A $500-$1000 deposit is required to start work after this point.
2. First Mockup Fitting
We'll fit a prototype of your garment(s) to see how to refine the fit and silhouette. Your idea may evolve at this stage. We encourage you to be communicative with your designer during the mockup fitting about both aesthetics and comfort!
The corresponding recommended deposit is about 1/3 of the quote.
3. Second Mockup Fitting
Depending on the pieces, a second mockup fitting may (or may not!) be required. Corsets in particular typically call for two fittings. Your design may continue to evolve. A final fabric decision is made so we can order your materials.
The corresponding recommended deposit is about 1/2 of the quote.
4. Final Fabric Fitting
At this fitting, we try on the nearly-finished pieces and confirm the fit in the "real" fabric. Alterations and hems are marked and any drape-work or embellishment decisions are finalized.
The corresponding recommended deposit is about 3/4 of the quote.
5. Final Try On & Pickup
You'll see the full effect of your unique ensemble when trying on the completed pieces. You may wish to bring your person-of-honor for a tutorial in getting you dressed.
Ensembles must be paid in full for pickup.