Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Couture by Dark Garden

At Dark Garden we’ve been working with our clients to create one-of-a-kind ensembles since we opened our doors to the public. Whether you're seeking wedding couture or simply a statement piece for your rock-star life, we'd love to work with you on a custom look. Starting with our signature foundation garments, one of our designers will create a singularly stunning outfit which reflects your personal style and taste.

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
To see some of our previous collections and samples, go to our Gallery. To get started right away, email couture@darkgarden.com with a little bit of information about your vision!

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
For Any Occasion
Over the years, Dark Garden has created outfits for a wide variety of occasions. From the red carpets of Hollywood to Burning Man to Venice’s famous Carnevale, the Dark Garden label has been worn by a diverse array of fascinating lovers of beauty. Our designers keep up with modern trends as well as being acknowledged experts in historical period fashions, so appropriate attire can be created for any affair.

Historical fashion lights up the legendary city of Venice
Photo © Alain Trinckvel
Development & Design
The process begins with a mini consultation so we can pair you with the best designer for your vision. We have three Couture designers: Autumn Adamme (Dark Garden Proprietress & Lead Designer), Kalico Delafay (Designer of Dollymop), and Marianne Faulkner (Corsetrix of Pop Antique; Couture Coordinator). Each has their favored aesthetics, but are very versatile, and used to working closely with each client to meet their needs and style. You’ll share and discuss your ideas with your designer, who will refine them into a single cohesive look. Once a direction has been agreed upon, budgets are estimated, timelines are planned, and details begin to coalesce.

Dark Garden Couture
Model: Laura Hidrobo
Photo © Herm Pugay
The creation process begins on simple paper, as an expert patternmaker exactingly cuts a new pattern to your measurements and create a fit prototype. Through a series of fittings in both muslin and luxurious final fabrics, adjustments will be made to ensure a perfect fit. During your fittings, you may find that your vision has refined or expanded! Your colors may evolve, new elements will be added, and embellishments will be refined. This is usually part of a Couture design collaboration and one of the joys of custom work. The process will end with a truly collaborative piece of wearable art.

Dark Garden Couture 2016 "Technicolor" Collection
Models: Terra, Monica, Annabelle, Stefi, Lindsay, & Sarah
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Investment
Although we have some oft requested styles, each design is created for the individual with uniqueness and personalized fit. We usually work in all silk with lining and fine finishing. Embellishments such as lace appliqué, sparkles, etc., can double or triple the cost of the garments. As each ensemble is unique, our price range varies widely, from about $2,000 to $20,000 and up. A budget can help guide design, materials, and construction choices. After meeting with your designer and making some choices, our Couture Coordinator will give you a detailed quote for the ensemble.

Dark Garden Couture 2017 "Shades of Ivory" collection
Models: James Alvarez (wearing the Edward corset) & Lex Lima
Please contact couture@darkgarden.com with questions and inquiries!

If, by chance, you've already had an ensemble made by us, please help us out by leaving us a review on Wedding Wire.


Pop Antique for Dark Garden Couture
Photo © Max Johnson

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Couture by Dark Garden

At Dark Garden we’ve been working with our clients to create one-of-a-kind ensembles since we opened our doors to the public. Whether you're seeking wedding couture or simply a statement piece for your rock-star life, we'd love to work with you on a custom look. Starting with our signature foundation garments, one of our designers will create a singularly stunning outfit which reflects your personal style and taste.

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
To see some of our previous collections and samples, go to our Gallery. To get started right away, email couture@darkgarden.com with a little bit of information about your vision!

Dark Garden Wedding Couture
Model: Mercy Daae
Photo © Loic Nicolas Photography
For Any Occasion
Over the years, Dark Garden has created outfits for a wide variety of occasions. From the red carpets of Hollywood to Burning Man to Venice’s famous Carnevale, the Dark Garden label has been worn by a diverse array of fascinating lovers of beauty. Our designers keep up with modern trends as well as being acknowledged experts in historical period fashions, so appropriate attire can be created for any affair.

Historical fashion lights up the legendary city of Venice
Photo © Alain Trinckvel
Development & Design
The process begins with a mini consultation so we can pair you with the best designer for your vision. We have three Couture designers: Autumn Adamme (Dark Garden Proprietress & Lead Designer), Kalico Delafay (Designer of Dollymop), and Marianne Faulkner (Corsetrix of Pop Antique; Couture Coordinator). Each has their favored aesthetics, but are very versatile, and used to working closely with each client to meet their needs and style. You’ll share and discuss your ideas with your designer, who will refine them into a single cohesive look. Once a direction has been agreed upon, budgets are estimated, timelines are planned, and details begin to coalesce.

Dark Garden Couture
Model: Laura Hidrobo
Photo © Herm Pugay
The creation process begins on simple paper, as an expert patternmaker exactingly cuts a new pattern to your measurements and create a fit prototype. Through a series of fittings in both muslin and luxurious final fabrics, adjustments will be made to ensure a perfect fit. During your fittings, you may find that your vision has refined or expanded! Your colors may evolve, new elements will be added, and embellishments will be refined. This is usually part of a Couture design collaboration and one of the joys of custom work. The process will end with a truly collaborative piece of wearable art.

Dark Garden Couture 2016 "Technicolor" Collection
Models: Terra, Monica, Annabelle, Stefi, Lindsay, & Sarah
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Investment
Although we have some oft requested styles, each design is created for the individual with uniqueness and personalized fit. We usually work in all silk with lining and fine finishing. Embellishments such as lace appliqué, sparkles, etc., can double or triple the cost of the garments. As each ensemble is unique, our price range varies widely, from about $2,000 to $20,000 and up. A budget can help guide design, materials, and construction choices. After meeting with your designer and making some choices, our Couture Coordinator will give you a detailed quote for the ensemble.

Dark Garden Couture 2017 "Shades of Ivory" collection
Models: James Alvarez (wearing the Edward corset) & Lex Lima
Please contact couture@darkgarden.com with questions and inquiries!

If, by chance, you've already had an ensemble made by us, please help us out by leaving us a review on Wedding Wire.


Pop Antique for Dark Garden Couture
Photo © Max Johnson

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere