dress·​mak·​er | \ ˈdres-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of dressmaker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that makes dresses



Definition of dressmaker (Entry 2 of 2)

of women's clothes
: having softness, rounded lines, and intricate detailing a dressmaker suit

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dressmaking \ -​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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During the curatorial process Saillard met Martine Lenoir, now 75, who had worked as a dressmaker chez Grès in the 1970s and 80s and knew the magic secrets of that inscrutable designer’s hand. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Olivier Saillard Twists and Drapes 5-Euro Tees Into Couture One-Offs Worthy of Madame Grès in Paris," 30 June 2018 Not only is the Goring the only hotel in the world to hold a royal warrant from the Queen, but the monarch's personal assistant and dressmaker Angela Kelly, and her groom Terry Pendry were also both spotted leaving the property later in the day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Steps Out for a Festive Holiday Lunch at Her Favorite Hotel," 12 Dec. 2018 And Wang's will bring instant dressmaker chic to one and all. Cynthia Kling, ELLE Decor, "Sleeping Beauty," 30 Sep. 2010 Today, Prince Louis is wearing the same outfit as his siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, did at their christenings known as the Honiton lace christening gown made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis Is Wearing the Exact Same Christening Outfit George and Charlotte Wore," 9 July 2018 His mother, Maria (Onofria) Campanella, was a homemaker and dressmaker. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Joseph Campanella, 93, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies," 17 May 2018 Part of the story includes city boosters and volunteers giving away thousands of rose cuttings named after mysterious French dressmaker Madame Caroline Testout. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See why Portland's called the 'City of Roses' at Oregon Historical Society exhibit (photos, video)," 8 May 2018 An enthralling, rapturous psychodrama set in the world of 1950s London high fashion, the duo’s latest collaboration stars Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, a celebrated dressmaker who lives by a prim-and-proper daily (and artistic) routine. Nick Schager, Esquire, "The Best Movies of 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 The gown—which was first worn by Queen Victoria's daughter—was officially declared too delicate ahead of the christening of James, Viscount Severn, so the Queen's dressmaker and assistant Angela Kelly was tasked with creating a replica. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's How Prince Louis' Christening Compares to George and Charlotte's," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dressmaker


1803, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dressmaker

: a person who makes dresses and other clothes as a job

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