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3525 Walnut ST # 2, Denver CO 80205. tess@50dresses.com

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50 Dresses 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. She moved to Los Angeles with Teach For America and taught 6th-8th grade English in South Central LA for three years before deciding to pursue her first and foremost passion: clothing and design.

While taking pattern making and sample sewing classes at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Tess worked as an intern and an assistant for a LA-based kid’s clothing line before designing 50 different dresses in her basement starting the summer of 2010.

Tess creates custom bridal, bridesmaid, and bridal party designs, from bow ties to flowergirl frocks, and teaches sewing lessons to budding fashionistas in the 50 Dresses workshop.

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