Seamsters and Tailors
Dynasty Custom Tailor
6 E. 38th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-679-1075; dynastycustomtailor.com
Brides who want a one-of-a-kind dress hit up Joseph Ting for his sewing expertise and fashion savvy. Custom gowns start at $850. Bridal alterations start at $65. (good value)
Ellen’s Couture by Ellen Canali
445 Columbus Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-496-8800; ellenscouture.com
A true sewing virtuoso, Canali will design a wedding gown in any color or fabric. She prefers four to five months to sketch and design bridalwear but has spun out dresses in as little as five weeks. Gowns start at $2,200.
153 W. 27th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1100; 212-253-9727; ghosttailor.com
Jean Kormos makes about twenty one-of-a-kind wedding dresses a year. She also reconstructs heirloom gowns. Dresses start at $3,000, alterations at $50.
237 W. 37th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 903; 212-366-6965; guillermocouture.com
Guillermo Molina crafts edgy bridal gowns and tuxes. Gowns (from $3,500) take eight to ten weeks; tuxes (from $2,800) take four to six.
1175 Lexington Ave., nr. 80th St.; 212-861-2003; mandanaboutique.com
In just one week, Davar Mandana can make a gown ($2,000–$5,000) to rival the options at any bridal house. Tailoring runs $75 an hour.
108 W. 39th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 903; 212-764-1701
Vera Wang alum Esin Kirmizidag is known for her exquisite tailoring skills and ability to re-create designer dresses. Custom gowns start at $3,000; alterations are priced upon request.
The Wedding Dresser
Former Kleinfeld fitter Susan Ruddie is a full-service wedding stylist who makes house calls for fittings and to refurbish vintage dresses. Her team also does men’s tailoring, as well as custom accessories like ostrich-feather capelets. Alterations from $350; gown restyling from $700.
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide