Costuming

 

At Duchess, we know there is nothing commercially available today that compares to the uncompromised quality of the made-to-measure garments we provide with our exemplary customer service, and delivery.

Duchess offers a stable of styles spanning several decades, as well as the ability to provide suits, shirts, and separates from any era, with a dizzying array of customizable details to make each piece authentic to the scene for which it is created.  With vintage pieces becoming more difficult to procure, as well as to rely on for fit, longevity, and comfort, Duchess offers the advantage of making each suit or piece to measure, as well as handling fit and alterations, for a price that belies the fine workmanship and customization each entails.

We offer an excellent option for lightening your costume load by taking full care of your custom tailoring.  We can come to your office or studio, or meet with you at your temporary residence.  We offer bulk pricing, potential fabric sourcing, and dependable delivery in twelve to fourteen weeks.

 

We have worked with Costume Designer David Zyla on his Emmy winning wardrobe for All My Children, outfitting the entire male cast in custom shirts and separates for several seasons.  Other projects include working with a troupe of modern Bartitsu practitioners.

 

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In March of 2013, we had a blast creating some beautiful brocade costumes for Portland Opera’s production of Rinaldo.  It was a pleasure working with such an incredible and talented cast of young opera singers.

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We’ve had the pleasure of outfitting the incredibly hilarious comedy duo, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein,  from Portlandia!

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In reference to his personal wardrobe of particular taste, music legend Nick Cave puts it more simply, “Duchess makes the meanest suits in the business.”

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“Having had no previous dealings with this firm, we anticipated a lengthy, perhaps even tedious conversation as to requirements and specifications.  To our pleasant surprise, however, Duchess needed only a few minutes’ perusal of photographs…to understand precisely what would be required.  All that was asked of us was to select fabrics and make certain decisions as to cut and styling.  The resulting garments are correct in every particular.”

- Author Neal Stephenson, Victorian Street-Fighting Enthusiast