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A dressmaker is a person who makes custom clothing for women, such as dresses, blouses, and evening gowns. Also called a mantua-maker (historically) or a modiste.
History of dressmaking
The Oxford English Dictionary first records dressmaker in 1803. Throughout the nineteenth century and until the rise of ready-to-wear, most women who did not make their own clothes at home resorted to a local dressmaker, who copied or adapted the latest fashions from Paris based on printed illustrations called fashion plates.
Evening Dress (White Tie)