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3525 Walnut ST # 2, Denver CO 80205.

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50 Dresses by Tess Vigil is located in the RiNo arts district in Denver, Colorado. Inspired by vintage silhouettes reimagined through modern and wearable pieces, Tess says, “You are chic! Wear a dress!”

Tess grew up in Denver, and went to college in New York at Columbia University. After college she moved to Los Angeles with Teach For America and taught 6th-8th grade English in South Central LA while earning an MA in Education before deciding to pursue fashion design.

While taking pattern making and sewing classes at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Tess learned the trade and the business of fashion production working as an intern and an assistant for an LA-based kid’s clothing line. Then, diving into the ultimate passion project, she designed and made 50 different dresses in her basement.

Tess creates limited edition summer dresses, cocktail dresses, and custom bridal party designs, and especially enjoys teaching sewing lessons to budding fashionistas in the 50 Dresses workshop.