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Dame Couture

Evanston , IL
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LOCATION

1804 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201 US (map)

PHONE

847-866-7599

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ABOUT US

Outfitting individualist brides since 2004, Dame Couture offers gowns from independent designers; customizable, made-to-measure designs; vintage and restyled wedding dresses, and... Read more
Outfitting individualist brides since 2004, Dame Couture offers gowns from independent designers; customizable, made-to-measure designs; vintage and restyled wedding dresses, and independent and vintage accessories. Our shop is intimate, welcoming, and down to earth. Read less
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride
What accessories do you provide?
Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Veils
Does a client need to schedule an appointment? How do the client appointments work?
It's not necessary to make an appointment to browse the rack, try on jewelry, or look at headpieces or veils; however, we do require an appointment to try on dresses.
What is the typical turn-around time for a dress?
Six months, though we can sometimes work faster.
Do you carry new or once worn gowns?
New and vintage.
Do you have a seamstress onsite?
Yes.
In addition to wedding dresses, what other products do you sell?
Veils, hair accessories, jewelry, and handbags.

REVIEWS

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Psihogios
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Walking into Dame Couture was the best wedding decision I made! I was able to find the most perfect refurbished 1950's gown and Holly was amazing at every step of the way. She carefully worked on the dress to make it just to my vision (including adding a complicated black wedding belt to compliment my spooky Halloween theme). I looked forward to every fitting because she always made me feel so relaxed and beautiful. The dress looked amazing on and photographed even more magnificently. If you are looking for a unique or vintage (non-big box wedding dress) Dame Couture is for you! Absolutely the best in the Chicagoland area!
Walking into Dame Couture was the best wedding decision I made! I was able to find the most perfect refurbished 1950's Read more...
Walking into Dame Couture was the best wedding decision I made! I was able to find the most perfect refurbished 1950's gown and Holly was amazing at every step of the way. She carefully worked on the dress to make it just to my vision (including adding a complicated black wedding belt to compliment my spooky Halloween theme). I looked forward to every fitting because she always made me feel so relaxed and beautiful. The dress looked amazing on and photographed even more magnificently. If you are looking for a unique or vintage (non-big box wedding dress) Dame Couture is for you! Absolutely the best in the Chicagoland area! Read less
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Andy
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
I found Dame Couture through yelp and saw all of its' wonderful reviews. So I scheduled the initial consultation appointment to have Holly (the owner) look at my wedding dress. I got married in October and wore my Mom's wedding dress which my Grandma made for her back in 1969. Mind you, my Mom is tiny and the dress is decades old and had been in a plastic bag for years. Holly and I met and we agreed on a vision for the dress. Holly drew up different sketches of dress ideas (I was so impressed!!). At the first fitting I finally decided on the sketch that I wanted. I say that because Holly did not rush me with anything. I could keep going on and on about how impressed I was of Holly's customer service!! A+++++ Also, her attention to detail is outstanding! My dress turned out so BEAUTIFUL! I was speechless!
Also, the shop has beautiful reworked dresses by Holly and beautiful accessories. The shop feels really cozy and welcoming. Also, Holly's assistant (sorry I can't remember her name) is really cool. If you have a vintage wedding dress that needs some work done, please check out Dame Couture. You will be amazed!
I found Dame Couture through yelp and saw all of its' wonderful reviews. So I scheduled the initial consultation Read more...
I found Dame Couture through yelp and saw all of its' wonderful reviews. So I scheduled the initial consultation appointment to have Holly (the owner) look at my wedding dress. I got married in October and wore my Mom's wedding dress which my Grandma made for her back in 1969. Mind you, my Mom is tiny and the dress is decades old and had been in a plastic bag for years. Holly and I met and we agreed on a vision for the dress. Holly drew up different sketches of dress ideas (I was so impressed!!). At the first fitting I finally decided on the sketch that I wanted. I say that because Holly did not rush me with anything. I could keep going on and on about how impressed I was of Holly's customer service!! A+++++ Also, her attention to detail is outstanding! My dress turned out so BEAUTIFUL! I was speechless!
Also, the shop has beautiful reworked dresses by Holly and beautiful accessories. The shop feels really cozy and welcoming. Also, Holly's assistant (sorry I can't remember her name) is really cool. If you have a vintage wedding dress that needs some work done, please check out Dame Couture. You will be amazed! Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Holly of Dame Couture is amazing! Easily the one decision that I never, ever doubted. I was hoping for a vintage-inspired, tea-length dress that was gorgeous but still fun and lighthearted. She delivered and then some. I loved her ideas and trusted her wholeheartedly to make me look and feel beautiful. (Not always an easy task. What can I say, I'm insecure.) Plus, she was such a delight to work with. I'm already scheming opportunities for her to make me another dress!
Holly of Dame Couture is amazing! Easily the one decision that I never, ever doubted. I was hoping for a vintage-inspired, Read more...
Holly of Dame Couture is amazing! Easily the one decision that I never, ever doubted. I was hoping for a vintage-inspired, tea-length dress that was gorgeous but still fun and lighthearted. She delivered and then some. I loved her ideas and trusted her wholeheartedly to make me look and feel beautiful. (Not always an easy task. What can I say, I'm insecure.) Plus, she was such a delight to work with. I'm already scheming opportunities for her to make me another dress! Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
I could not have had a better experience working with Holly at Dame Couture to make my wedding gown. She was professional and responsive throughout the entire process, and she always made me feel comfortable while getting my dress fitted. Holly went above and beyond to ensure that my dress was perfect and suited my style and personality. She is wonderful at what she does, and I would recommend Dame Couture over and over again!
I could not have had a better experience working with Holly at Dame Couture to make my wedding gown. She was professional Read more...
I could not have had a better experience working with Holly at Dame Couture to make my wedding gown. She was professional and responsive throughout the entire process, and she always made me feel comfortable while getting my dress fitted. Holly went above and beyond to ensure that my dress was perfect and suited my style and personality. She is wonderful at what she does, and I would recommend Dame Couture over and over again! Read less
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Madeline
Wedding:
8/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I am an out of town bride and Holly was fabulous to work with. She was flexible with creating a dress just for my needs and built to fit my over 6 foot tall frame. She was also flexible in scheduling fitting dates to when I would be in town. Overall Holly was a joy to work with and helped me get in touch with other wonderful and fabulous vendors. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
I am an out of town bride and Holly was fabulous to work with. She was flexible with creating a dress just for my needs Read more...
I am an out of town bride and Holly was fabulous to work with. She was flexible with creating a dress just for my needs and built to fit my over 6 foot tall frame. She was also flexible in scheduling fitting dates to when I would be in town. Overall Holly was a joy to work with and helped me get in touch with other wonderful and fabulous vendors. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough about Holly. I am in love with my dress and I can't thank her enough for her professionalism and taking my view, putting it down on paper, and making it a reality! I plan on keeping my dress, hoping one day my daughter will want to wear it! Can't say enough great things! If you are looking for something different, unique, and timeless, go see Holly!
I can not say enough about Holly. I am in love with my dress and I can't thank her enough for her professionalism and Read more...
I can not say enough about Holly. I am in love with my dress and I can't thank her enough for her professionalism and taking my view, putting it down on paper, and making it a reality! I plan on keeping my dress, hoping one day my daughter will want to wear it! Can't say enough great things! If you are looking for something different, unique, and timeless, go see Holly! Read less
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Kirsten
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Holly at Dame Couture could not have made a more perfect dress for my wedding day! I went shopping at the typical bridal salons, Weddings 826, Macy's, etc, but no one had what I was looking for or just didn't get my vision. I met with Holly and described what I was looking for. She had me try on a few samples she had and then we discussed fabrics and the shape of the gown and it all started coming together. It was so exciting to come in for each fitting to see the progress on the gown. Holly and her assistant worked endlessly to make my dress perfect. I could not have asked for a better wedding dress or wedding salon experience. I recommend Dame Couture to every bride, especially those with a unique vision for their dress and wedding day.
Holly at Dame Couture could not have made a more perfect dress for my wedding day! I went shopping at the typical bridal Read more...
Holly at Dame Couture could not have made a more perfect dress for my wedding day! I went shopping at the typical bridal salons, Weddings 826, Macy's, etc, but no one had what I was looking for or just didn't get my vision. I met with Holly and described what I was looking for. She had me try on a few samples she had and then we discussed fabrics and the shape of the gown and it all started coming together. It was so exciting to come in for each fitting to see the progress on the gown. Holly and her assistant worked endlessly to make my dress perfect. I could not have asked for a better wedding dress or wedding salon experience. I recommend Dame Couture to every bride, especially those with a unique vision for their dress and wedding day. Read less
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jill
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I wanted a red dress for my wedding. I had a Pinterest page that was all over the place. I wanted vintage. I wanted tea length. I wanted off the shoulder. I wanted black lace...

Working with Holly, my crazy Pinterest page started becoming a reality. I have gotten more comments on how amazing my dress was from everyone, guests and vendors. I did not want to take it off at the end of the night. It was totally my dress. I felt like a bride is supposed to feel.

Holly's attention to detail and perfectionism helped to create the only dress I could've worn on the most romantic, beautiful, important day of my life.
I wanted a red dress for my wedding. I had a Pinterest page that was all over the place. I wanted vintage. I wanted tea Read more...
I wanted a red dress for my wedding. I had a Pinterest page that was all over the place. I wanted vintage. I wanted tea length. I wanted off the shoulder. I wanted black lace...

Working with Holly, my crazy Pinterest page started becoming a reality. I have gotten more comments on how amazing my dress was from everyone, guests and vendors. I did not want to take it off at the end of the night. It was totally my dress. I felt like a bride is supposed to feel.

Holly's attention to detail and perfectionism helped to create the only dress I could've worn on the most romantic, beautiful, important day of my life. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Holly and Megan at Dame Couture was great fun. I loved going to their beautiful store to try on dresses and their amazing selection of head pieces. I ended up making a non-traditional choice and decided upon a red satin gown. It was divine and fit me beautifully. The process of having a custom dress made was amazing and I am so happy that I had the experience of having a piece of clothing made to fit my body perfectly. I highly recommend working with Holly. She is very talented and a lovely person to work with.
Working with Holly and Megan at Dame Couture was great fun. I loved going to their beautiful store to try on dresses and Read more...
Working with Holly and Megan at Dame Couture was great fun. I loved going to their beautiful store to try on dresses and their amazing selection of head pieces. I ended up making a non-traditional choice and decided upon a red satin gown. It was divine and fit me beautifully. The process of having a custom dress made was amazing and I am so happy that I had the experience of having a piece of clothing made to fit my body perfectly. I highly recommend working with Holly. She is very talented and a lovely person to work with. Read less
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Sally
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
I searched high and low for a dress that reflected my style, but every time I walked into a traditional bridal shop I was disappointed - not because the dresses were bad, but because I couldn't see myself in any of the gowns. I am not a big, poofy wedding gown girl. A friend mentioned that I should look into Dame Couture. I was not terribly impressed by the website (it doesn't do an ounce of justice to the shop's cozy, adorable atmosphere), but decided to give it a shot anyway. I was blown away. Not only do you get the saleswoman's complete attention (there is only one dressing room, so this is by appointment-only), but the dresses were perfect. The designs are unique, many are vintage-inspired and completely customize-able. There are samples to try on, and once you pick your gown they work with you to pick the fabrics and assemble your own couture dress. The prices range from $600-$2500 depending on what you want. The best part is that you can bring in your mother's old wedding gown and they can re-cut or incorporate it into your dress. Sometimes you can even snag a "one of a kind" dress (like mine!) - a vintage gown Dame found and re-designed to sell in the store. I can't recommend this store enough - every bride should go if only to see a shop that understands how to do it right.
I searched high and low for a dress that reflected my style, but every time I walked into a traditional bridal shop I was Read more...
I searched high and low for a dress that reflected my style, but every time I walked into a traditional bridal shop I was disappointed - not because the dresses were bad, but because I couldn't see myself in any of the gowns. I am not a big, poofy wedding gown girl. A friend mentioned that I should look into Dame Couture. I was not terribly impressed by the website (it doesn't do an ounce of justice to the shop's cozy, adorable atmosphere), but decided to give it a shot anyway. I was blown away. Not only do you get the saleswoman's complete attention (there is only one dressing room, so this is by appointment-only), but the dresses were perfect. The designs are unique, many are vintage-inspired and completely customize-able. There are samples to try on, and once you pick your gown they work with you to pick the fabrics and assemble your own couture dress. The prices range from $600-$2500 depending on what you want. The best part is that you can bring in your mother's old wedding gown and they can re-cut or incorporate it into your dress. Sometimes you can even snag a "one of a kind" dress (like mine!) - a vintage gown Dame found and re-designed to sell in the store. I can't recommend this store enough - every bride should go if only to see a shop that understands how to do it right. Read less
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