Romeo Bastone Couture - Bridal Couture Melbourne, is one of
Australia's leading Custom Made Designer Bespoke Bridal/Wedding
Couture Boutiques. Understated excellence and personal service are the
hallmarks of Romeo Bastone Couture.
Established in 1991,
Romeo Bastone Couture offers timeless, classical bridal wear for
the modern, innovative bride. Bespoke Couture Designer &
Director, Josephine Romeo Bastone, creates each silhouette in
house using bespoke techniques, involving an impeccable cut,
moulding and sculpting to the body shape to create a “Couture
Work of Art” of perfect individualised design and fit.
Romeo Bastone Couture provides
each client a luxurious experience throughout the
creation of each gown and has gained a reputation for undisputed
excellence in Bespoke Couture and is a multi-award winner of the
coveted Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) awards for
Designer/Couture Gown and inducted into the prestigious ABIA
Hall of Fame.
Romeo Bastone Couture renowned for its undisputed service and
quality aims to maintain this reputation by creating harmony
between body and gown, and take care to ensure every gown is a
perfect, individual fit.
Couture, has enjoyed outstanding success with a flawless
reputation that is second to none. Each gown is
meticulously and individually handcrafted in house using
only the finest fabrics and French Laces sourced worldwide.
Romeo Bastone Couture has been long recognized for it's
embodiment of intricate yet delicate use of beading and
embellishments resulting in inspirational beautiful
designs that reflect each brides/clients style and personality.
Romeo Bastone Couture's experience and knowledge enable to
provide individual attention to brides and attendants, from the
first consultation to the finished gown. Josephine's Bespoke
technique in creating the perfect fit is unmatchable. Whether
the gown is a structured princess shape or soft and flowing to
create a most beautiful vintage and antique heirloom piece
Romeo Bastone has been noted as having an unsurpassed
quality in shape, design and colour to create the perfect gown
due to her extensive background training & experience. This perfection can
only be created with a unique technique of layering. Very little
boning is used as her belief is that brides/clients should be
comfortable and each gown should personify one's body shape and
encapsulate and mould Ultimate Femininity.
Working individually with each client to meet exact
requirements, a common point raised by many brides/clients is
the oversupply of mass produced gowns and imitation dressmakers
resulting in lack of quality,
inaccurate fit and over mark up of price tags at the retail
level. Romeo Bastone Couture is a fresh take on bridal using old
fashioned true customer service, dedication and honest advise.
As you are dealing direct with the Bespoke Couture Designer, you
are not faced with the excessive price mark up. On the contrary,
French Laces are all imported direct,
embellishments and silks are exclusive and each gown is
created to embrace and inspire one's own individuality. As many
clients have actually stated "You are precisely the Bridal
Couture outlet we are looking for." With all this in mind, Romeo
Bastone Couture is a distinctive, contemporary bridal couture
boutique offering clients Australia wide & overseas this unique
The opening of the Prahran East Gallery has been in response to
client demand for such elegant Custom Made Bespoke Couture.
Off-the-rack bridal, bridesmaids and evening wear are also
provided in store which incorporates a clearance sample store at
the rear premises. The concept also features co-ordinating
accessories and bridal gifts, making Romeo Bastone Couture a
one-stop boutique for bridal parties.
Couture is a term that most of you who read fashion magazines will
have heard of, but what is it really? And what’s involved with
getting a couture gown made especially for you for your wedding day?
Kate Burbury, Wedding and Bride Magazine, talks to a Bespoke Bridal
Couturier to find out more.
“A couturier must be: an architect for design, a sculptor for shape,
a painter for colour, a musician for harmony and a philosopher for
temperance.” – Cristobel Balenciaga
Couture is defined by the Macquarie Dictionary as “the occupation of
a couturier; dressmaking and designing considered together.” And a
couturier as a “someone who designs, makes, and sells fashionable
clothes for women.” While this goes some way to introducing the art
of couture, there is a lot more to true couture than this definition
implies. Couture is best known in terms of haute couture; high
fashion that is made to order for individual customers, creating a
perfect fi t and design for them. High quality fabrics are used, and
these are cut and sewn with great expertise and attention to detail.
A lot of the work is done by hand by very skilled technicians.
The fit of the garment is a very important aspect of couture. The
designer will take the client through a series of fittings to ensure
the absolute correct measurements of the finished garment.
Innovative designs and refined construction techniques are also
major features of couture.
The Couturier Charles Frederick Worth is widely considered to be the
father of Haute Couture as it is known today. While he created
one-of-a-kind designs to please some of his wealthier customers, he
is best known for creating a collection of garments that were shown
on live models at the House of Worth. Clients selected one design,
specified colours and fabrics, and had a duplicate garment
tailor-made for them.
In France, the term Haute Couture is protected by law. Only select
fashion houses are entitled to label themselves as Haute Couture,
and to be able to do so they must follow these rules (set down by
the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the governing union for
• Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more
• Have a workshop in Paris that employs at least 15 people
• Present a collection to the Paris press twice a year, comprising
of at least 35 runs with outfits for both daytime wear and evening
While there are set rules for Haute Couture, the concept of Couture
itself is more general, but still follows the same philosophy when
it comes to design, quality and fit. Unfortunately, Couture has come
to be a term that is bandied about a lot, especially in the bridal
industry, but Bespoke Bridal Couturier Josephine Bastone, of the
renowned label Romeo Bastone Couture, defines real couture as
working one-on-one with a customer to create the perfect gown for
“I believe a Bespoke Couturier should be able to consult with the
person and advise according to body shape, design and colour and
then be able to construct the gown from the initial stage, as in all
the fittings, to the final stage.
“One does not have to make up the entire gown, although in my case I
do everything up to the lining stage, so basically I do all the
patternmaking/cutting for the fittings and follow through with all
the relevant stages.
“A Couturier in the 50s actually cut straight onto fabric as opposed
to making patterns. So over the years people have called themselves
Couturiers, but I would classify them as dressmakers.
“There is a true difference between a person who has been taught to
cut straight onto fabric, and to drape onto the body, as opposed to
cutting from a pattern and making a calico.
“A true Bespoke Couturier should be able to start from scratch, as
far as consulting with the customer for body shape, design, then
colour, and finally be able to transform the ideas from fabric to
“I don’t believe in calicos, the fabric simply does not drape. I
work straight onto the first stage which is the foundation fitting,
then onto the second stage which is the shape fitting, followed by
the third stage which is the detail fitting, and then the final
product. But there are very few left in this industry who work in
such a manner.”
Josephine learnt the 'Art of Couture' predominantly from her mother
Teresa Treccasi Romeo, whom the label is also named after. “My
mother taught me to cut straight onto the fabric and instilled the
technique; and my skills have developed over the years. I attended
formal training at RMIT and attained my Bachelor of Arts in Fashion.
However, I consider myself to be fortunate to have been taught from
the best of the best in the field and to have been able to perfect
my skills throughout the years. My philosophy is
that permanent practice gets you the best results to achieve
perfection for the final creation.
Having a Couture gown made is quite an involved process, and a time
consuming one. Josephine starts her process by having clients come
in and try on different gowns from her stock. She asks them to try
on the gowns that they like, and then if they haven’t chosen dresses
that suit their shape she will step in and advise them on a better
Josephine allows for one fitting to work out gown design to
suit a client, and upon ordering there are a further
four/five appointments required. These appointments are to go
through and check the progress of foundation, shape, detail and
The length of time the gown takes to make, depends on the individual
design, but Josephine prefers to have six to eight months to work on
and perfect the dress, although some girls give her less time than
that. And it takes longer if she has to import lace and particular
materials. She also does all the beading on the dresses herself. “I
don’t work mass here, I work quality,” she says.
Most of her designs are inspired by the customers themselves. “I
might have customers that come in and they have combined a few of my
designs and realise that would suit quite a few body shapes, so I go
ahead and make it as a sample. I suppose if I have to draw
inspiration I will always go back to the 40's and 50's timeless
classics of Balenciaga, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. All were
just out of this world and way ahead in fashion sense and attitude.”
Her designs tend to be more classical and timeless, rather than
changing with the fashions. “What I find is that ladies are focusing
on classical designs with elongated bodices, whether it be on a
slimmer line skirt or on a fuller skirt, but not so much detailing
on the skirt itself, just on the bodice. My clients prefer very
classical, timeless lines, giving them a great shape around the
waistline and midriff and that’s why I concentrate on the bodice
Josephine is a multi Award winner of the Australian Bridal Industry
Academy (ABIA) - Designer/Couture Gown Award and has recently
achieved acclaim to being amongst the Top 3 Designer of Dreams
2012/13 Awards. She was inducted into the prestigious ABIA Hall of
Fame at the 2009 Awards and attributes her success to her passion
and the rapport she builds with her clients. “I love my work. I have
passion and that is what has made me succeed. I have won many
Industry Awards because I work one on one with my clients to achieve
exact requirements and clients wish to have this experience for
their special day. I receive many photos from my clients for
inclusion into my website and work folios as a token of appreciation
of the work completed after their events."