Custom Couture design is a process where an outfit is hand crafted for a specific individual.   The process is very time consuming and not suited to everyone’s schedules.  A minimum of six consultations and fittings are required.

All custom work begins with an initial design consultation and a project estimate.  Once a budget and base idea are decided on the project may proceed.  Designers handle this process in very different ways; for me the process is about pulling the design out of the clients imagination.  Clients invariably state that they don’t know what they want, yet they can very clearly state likes and dislikes.  My job then becomes to use the likes as puzzle pieces to design an outfit.  Pencil silhouettes are sketched, fabric swatches are gathered, toiles are fitted and friendship is made. The end result is a garment as unique as the individual that has walked through my door.  Are these my designs?  Not fully.  In this realm the client and I are a design team.

To inquire about a custom couture project, please contact me at

As I am focusing on anthropometric work at this time projects are taken on a referral basis only, with priority given to challenging fit projects.

Consultation Fee $300 (applied to project)

Couture Projects start at $1000 

Couture Gowns start at $2000

Driven by and committed to her philosophy of “Fashion Should Empower… not dictate!” Emma has served the custom market since 1987.  A sampling of her ready-to-wear work can be seen on the Gallery page.