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Whirling Turban dresses are made-to-order and custom-fit, sewn one at a time. And when we say custom-fit we mean a MOVIE STAR FIT. A genuine movie star fit is not accomplished with a few measurements- it requires many measurements, it’s a much closer-to-the-body fit while totally comfortable, taking into account many things about your unique figure and what lines and changes will make the dress most flattering to you and you alone.
But don’t worry about “all those measurements”. We have been fitting delighted customers at a distance for more than 12 years and we know how to help you get the measurement information to us that we need, with videos, trial garments and a number of unique systems we have developed over the years.
The results of a true movie star fit are TRANSFORMATIVE and gasp-inducing 😉
Whirling Turban was started by Katherine Robinson, a gal with an extensive background in Hollywood movie costuming for high profile clients. (Katy Perry, Salma Hayak, Uma Thurman, Bette Midler)
In Hollywood, authenticity of period garments is absolutely required. Even the dyes, fibers, weaves and printing techniques true to the original 1940’s and 1950’s vintage dresses are reflected in the fabrics we choose; mostly silk, rayon and cotton. We even have a lot of our fabric custom hand-woven for authenticity and the correct drape and weight.
We LOVE vintage dresses. What gives genuine vintage its charm is not achieved by simply taking the shape of a neckline, design detail or skirt from a vintage garment and then producing it using a modern factory’s streamlined construction techniques using today’s fabrics!
We use the same fabrics and weaves, machinery, patterning subtleties and time-consuming couture *construction techniques* from the 40’s and 50’s era; details that are like night and day as compared to dresses produced in a modern factory. It takes all these elements to achieve the charm that attracts us to genuine vintage dresses. You may not be able to put your finger on why the gorgeous vintage dress has a special magic that can’t be matched by a modern “vintage-inspired” dress, but we can, and that is what we do.
There is no finer resource in heaven or on earth for vintage style tea length wedding dresses, inspired by Dior’s fashion-revolutionizing “New Look” style, than Whirling Turban! Our vintage-authentic short wedding gowns, Bombshell and Pinup looks are the finest made anywhere and simply unforgettable.
Our workshop has no more than 3-5 stitchers at any one time, all of whom have been with us for ten years or more and who were trained personally by Katherine in the finest sewing techniques. We make sure they have a beautiful, healthy, nurturing work environment surrounded by orchids, natural light and fresh air where they are treated like valued family!