COUTURE



Rudolf’s career in the fashion industry now spans almost twenty years and in that time he has honed his skills. Garments he creates have a quality of their own; one not to be found elsewhere. Whether you need something to wear to a special occasion, to work or to just lounge around in, Rudolf can design and make a garment for you that cannot simply be bought in a shop.

Of course, having a garment made takes time; time for selecting the best fabrics, for fittings and for careful crafting. All along the way, you are involved in the process and your ideas, teamed with Rudolf’s technical skill and expertise, will result in a unique product reflecting your own personality.

A Rudolf garment is a pleasure to wear and stylish.


The design always evolves throughout the process; the finished garment is always beautiful; exquisitely made and fitted exactly to your body. To better understand the process of having a couture garment made, it is explained here:

Step 1

Initial consultation during which ideas, budget and timings are discussed. Rudolf is available by appointment only, so please contact him to arrange a suitable time.

Step 2

Fabric sourcing from local retailers or your own supplier. Rudolf will give advice on what best suits the design and the budget. It is possible at this stage that you fall in love with a fabric which may lend itself to a completely different design. Rudolf will then calculate how much fabric is required.
Step 3

The first fitting will differ from one design to the next. It usually consists of either taking measurements or going straight into a draping session. The aim is to get some initial shapes on paper, ready for the next step.
Step 4

In your second fitting, the result from the previous step will be tried on and developed further. The number of subsequent fittings will vary with the complexity of the design. All of this will be in calico, until the fit is perfect.

Step 5

Once the pattern is finalised, it will be time for the real fabric to be cut. While calico will give a good idea of the proportions, some tweaking may be necessary. This is why at crucial stages, you will be trying on your evolving garment.
Step 6

Your garment is finished and ready to be collected.  Before you take it away, you will be trying it on one last time to make sure everything is exactly as it should be.

You will need to wear the undergarments and shoes of the height you will be wearing with the outfit during the fittings. Without these, your shape will change each time, thus affecting the fit.

It is vitally important to realise that each garment is unique an there are many factors affecting how long it takes to make a garment. Rudolf does all the work himself and he always has several projects going at once. He works on each as required, towards meeting set delivery dates. For this reason, fittings will be scheduled from one to the next. also taking your availability into account.

In other words, if you must have your dress in three weeks, it can be done in that time. If, however, you have three months available, then it may take up to that long to make it. To date, the record time for creating a wedding gown has been just seven days!

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