A HOMMAGE TO
Of the many eminent couture masters in the history of fashion, The Vintage Couturière is privileged to own a selection of couture patterns designed by the houses of Lanvin, Paquin, Patou and Costillo. Our mission is to be the custodian and steward of many more vintage couture patterns in the future.
1. Jeanne Lanvin (1867 – 1946)
2. Jeanne Paquin (1869 – 1936)
3. Jean Patou (1887 – 1936)
4. Antonio Del Castillo (1908 – 1984)
A PASSIONATE STEWARDSHIP
Founded in 2014 by Olivia Torma in Brisbane Australia, The Vintage Couturiere’s mission is to restore and revive beautiful couture fashion of bygone eras for the enjoyment and lifestyle of today’s modern woman and discerning fashion collectors.
Rare and unique vintage couture patterns are carefully prized from their envelopes and traced onto stable archival quality paper to preserve the original cut of each pattern piece. The pattern is then copied and altered to a comparable modern size whilst ensuring the original design aesthetic is masterfully retained. Following the pattern reconstruction phase, a sample toile is fitted on the client. This is followed by the production process whereby the design is created into a reimagined form that is tailored to the client’s style, tastes and chosen occasion.
RARE & UNIQUE VINTAGE PATTERNS
Olivia has had a passion for couture fashion since childhood and has been collecting dressmaking patterns since she began sewing as a teenager under the tuition of her mother, a talented seamstress in her own right.
Olivia’s collection of rare and unique vintage patterns have been handed down by her mother and collected from vintage pattern merchants in Australia and around the world.
The collection features some of the most interesting designs created by the labels of Paquin, Patou, Lanvin-Costello, Dessès, Vogue Paris Original, Burda, McCalls, Simplicity, Blackmore So-Easy and even Australian Home Journal. The patterns date back to the early 1930’s and up to the 1980’s. Some of the instruction leaflets are now so fragile that they require professional paper restoration. Woven labels and cards can still be found inside some of the envelopes.
A RESPECT FOR TRADITION
HAND CRAFTED COUTURE
Only the finest materials and traditional couture techniques are worthy of being used to craft vintage couture reproductions. Vintage and high quality modern materials are sourced from merchants all around the world to give our couture creations a touch of authenticity and character that reflect the era or provenance and the client’s personality.
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