Philadelphia's Top 5 Fashion Artisans
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FROM LEFT: Frank Agostino. Olive green silk duchess satin dress with black French Chantilly lace wrap bodice, Agostino (price on request).
THE CLOTHIER: FRANK AGOSTINO
There’s hardly a Main Line socialite, debutante, or fashionista who hasn’t adorned herself with a Frank Agostino creation, and for good reason. Thirty-five years of acquired knowledge and experience guarantees that every Agostino that leaves his Bryn Mawr atelier has been personally fitted to his client.
After learning the art of couture at the knee of his aunt, who brought her skills from Italy to Brooklyn, Agostino has taken this legacy to a new level. Whether it be a showstopping dress for the red carpet, a sublime gown for a bride, or even a nattily tailored suit for the boardroom, all Agostino garments are hand-sewn by his tight-knit staff of five pattern makers and seamstresses using traditional methods of cutting, stitching, and finishing.
“My clients include lovers of fashion and those who will invest in the perfect dress or suit that will make them look and feel their best,” he says proudly, ticking off the names of such high-profile customers as Dorrance Hamilton, Bhavna Shyamalan, Vicki Le Vine, and Faatimah Gamble. And unlike the offerings at most boutiques, every piece that Agostino creates is the result of collaboration between designer and client. “I adapt my design to best serve and fit the woman who wears it,” says the fashion master. “Every body type is enhanced to make each customer feel radiant and glamorous.” Agostino, 840 W. Lancaster Ave., 610-520-7777
FROM LEFT: Aquamarine and diamonds set in 18k white gold, Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs ($20,000). DIana Vincent.
photography by evan sung