Kiko House of Couture
As I started out looking for my wedding dress, I couldn't stand how every dress in every bridal shop looked exactly the same. I didn't want to be spending thousands of dollars on something that was just OK and would be at the next wedding I went to. So I was online and saw the great reviews for Kiko and said, yes, this is perfect! Of all the things I decided on for my wedding, the one choice that was hands down the best was getting my dress made by him. It was absolutely stunning, so unique, and I got comments from literally everyone.
Kiko took my ideas from magazines and my likes/dislikes and sketched something which took my vision and made it more than I could have imagined. He pushed me to use a beaded lace which I was hesitant on and that part of the dress pulled everything together (not to mention added a great wow factor). He is able to make any dress in any budget and at a quality of dressmaking that is top notch.
He was flexible with my schedule for appointments and was available by email/phone/in person when needed. When I asked last minute to do a bussel on my a-symmetrical train, he added it without any issue, even though it was a last minute request. He helped with earring ideas, hair/makeup etc so my look could really come together.
Overall, I would encourage anyone who wants an absolutely beautiful and unique dress in the same budget you were thinking of for a bridal store gown to go to Kiko and get something miles above your expectations. Don't be hesitant to go talk to him, you will be glad you did! You will shine on your day and you will get something so special for you to remember forever.
I've gotten so many compliments on my dress: mermaid style, v-neck, ivory Peau de Soie fabric. Usually, Kiko designs the dress to your ideas and liking, sketching it out for you on the spot. His drawings are beautiful. However, I already had my dress in mind, and drawn out for him. He looked at my drawing, made some suggestions in order to ensure that the dress would compliment my body, and stay up. He then took some measurements and gave me an estimate, which he stuck to, and gave me however much time I needed to think about signing a contract with him.
The price of the dress was much less than the $4,000 Alvina Valenta dress that I initially wanted. The style was similar, but with some personal touches, and it was made to fit. It gave me curves, which I never thought was possible.
Bottom Line: Kiko was very helpful, professional, and fashion forward. He listens to what you want.
I’m really not sure I can say everything I need to say about him here. Kiko dealt with my extreme pear shape, plus size body and made me feel beautiful (sadly, a rare occasion for me.) He was kind, sweet, funny, supportive, full of ideas, listened carefully, just a dream. Of all my vendors, Kiko is the only one who, by then end, I felt a sincere emotional connection with. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Girls don't even think about getting married unless you're wearing a fabulous one of a kind by Kiko's House of Couture!!! While designing my dress, Kiko listened to what I had to say about the theme and the tone of what I envisioned my wedding night to be. He incorporated his knowledge and expertise to create the perfect dress for me---and for this night. The fittings ensured that the dress was a perfect fit every step of the way. I love Kiko!
Kiko has been in Seattle since 1994. His bridal collections are Asian influenced but his work is clearly set in modern fashion. According to his website, "his wide creative ideas solve the wardrobe nightmare of confused and indecisive women. His innovations include modern edge symmetry and shapes, ingenious concoction of luxurious fabrics and textures."
The average wedding dress budget at Kiko is from $1000 to $1850. Bridal dress labor starts at $500. All dresses are custom made and start with a consultation with Kiko, "your own personal fashion consultant".