Ellen Wise Couture

Ellen Wise Couture is an American luxury fashion house dedicated to the timeless tradition of custom haute couture. Celebrating feminine empowerment in one-of-a kind, ethically sourced day and evening wear, each gown, dress, suit or jacket is an embodiment of quality at one with conscience. Expertly tailored, artfully rendered silhouettes are handcrafted in California from the finest sustainable natural fiber fabrics. Often termed 'Slow Fashion', Ellen Wise garments are heirloom creations of unmistakable elegance and exquisite materials. 

The Designer - Ellen Wise

Ellen Wise is a San Francisco based couture designer with a passion for sustainable and ethical practices in luxury fashion. Ellen has pursued intensive studies with author-teacher Susan Khalje, and with Azzedine Alaia's master draper and pattern maker, Julien Cristofoli. Cristofoli mentored Ellen in the art of moulage - a scientific method of design in which new patterns are created directly on the dress form.


A violinist, scientist, patent attorney and environmentalist, Ellen has forged her own path to couture, combining her artistic talents with her professional background in advocacy and science.


It is the very fusion of art, science, and a remarkably discerning eye that endows Ellen with an extraordinary ability to visualize and ultimately create each custom dress, all the while keeping a keen eye on accentuating her client's assets and minimizing any flaws. Her focus is on magnifying femininity while working with the finest materials and outstanding workmanship.

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