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Pierre Balmain and the actress Ruth Ford, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1947
Pierre Balmain and the actress Ruth Ford, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1947

A dressmaker, also known as a seamstress, is a person who makes custom clothing for women, such as dresses, blouses, and evening gowns. Dressmakers were historically known as mantua-makers, and are also known as a modiste or fabrician.[1]

Notable dressmakers

Related terms

Jean-Baptiste Jules Trayer, Breton seamstresses in a shop (1854). Before the Industrial Revolution, a seamstress did hand sewing.
Jean-Baptiste Jules Trayer, Breton seamstresses in a shop (1854). Before the Industrial Revolution, a seamstress did hand sewing.

See also

References

  1. ^ Elster, Charles Harrington (2006). The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide for the Careful Speaker. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-618-42315-6.

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