Whirling Turban is a custom-dress design studio with a focus in Old School couture techniques. All of our creations are one or few of a kind and created one at a time. Each dress is constructed for one unique woman’s figure. We specialize in dresses that TURN HEADS with a clinging, Movie Star Fit, and are modern and fresh today but which harken back to the great dressmaking details of mid-century vintage.
We are a very small company and we do things *really differently*.
Our designer, Katherine Robinson has experience gleaned from Manhattan’s fashion industry and Hollywood’s entertainment industry (and, whoa! does she have some names to drop!). She opened the Whirling Turban “Dream Workshop” 16 years ago where she could make the custom dresses and with full service that she formerly provided to Hollywood stars.
The Whirling Turban Studio
Our sewing studio in Bali continues Katherine’s lifelong career and craftsmanship, making artful, couture dresses for discriminating lovers of fashion. Katherine moved back from Bali and now does her design work in Austin, Texas. She loves to talk to customers and prospective customers on the phone personally about your dress, your figure, the best lingerie for you and generally share all her Hollywood tricks with you. Our number one priority is that you are thrilled with your dress, whether you buy it from us or not.
Whirling Turban bombshell dresses and pinup couture are made in a small, custom dress studio surrounded by an orchid-dripping and dragonfly-humming tropical garden in exotic Bali.
With a tiny staff of Bali’s best seamstresses- most of whom have trained with us for a decade in couture fitting and construction methods- and with the help of local fabric dyers, printers and weavers, we make garments by hand, one at a time. Whirling Turban recreates the most desirable and hard to find styles, using hand work and construction techniques which are no longer practical in modern factories. We fit each customer’s individual body; something that only a small workshop can offer, thus giving our customers a “Movie Star Fit”. Custom-fit tea length wedding dresses have become one of our most in-demand styles.
Pictured here, one of our seamstresses stitching a custom-made dress form, using an individual customers’ measurements and body pics in order to replicate her own unique shape. We will create her pattern and “build” her dress on this form. This is the same technique used in Hollywood to fit stars for the big screen; a medium for which a perfect fit is required.
Vintage styles were so often custom-made, or they were made in the earliest years of factory production when fashions still depended on the personalization that dressmakers could offer. It used to be that everyone could afford the services of skilled, “neighborhood dressmakers” to refine the fit, and fashions of the day depended on and reflected this resource. Nowadays, nearly the only folks that can afford the customization that makes these styles fit so beautifully are movie stars, ordering from the few remaining couture workshops that serve the entertainment industry or couture houses still in existence in Europe.
There isn’t a single garment produced in our little workshop that isn’t “fussed over”. Every customer we have represents someone’s trust in us. We value that trust; we consider it a privilege. We are small enough to answer everyone personally and to discuss our customers amongst ourselves by their first names.