Kristina Viirpalu creates clothing that is 100% handmade from locally sourced yarn and fabric

Kristina Viirpalu

Each one-of-a-kind piece takes around 2-3 months of painstaking work from three or more masterful artisans to finish. The highlights of the brand are the exuberantly intricate hand-knitted dresses created by the masters of this unique craft. These exquisite gowns and detailed couture pieces are inspired by the Haapsalu shawl, a preferred accessory of the Estonian upper class ladies of the 19th century. The shawl was knitted so fine it could be pulled through a wedding ring. This delicate and fragile technique remains a living source of inspiration for our designer.
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Collection

Kristina Viirpalu’s couture creations pay a deep homage to historic Estonian embroidery and knitting techniques. Romantic patterns, styles and ornaments are playfully mixed with contemporary sources of inspiration to meet the needs of a modern woman.

The highlights of the brand are the exuberantly intricate hand-knitted dresses created by the masters of this unique craft. These exquisite gowns and detailed couture pieces are inspired by the Haapsalu shawl, a preferred accessory of the Estonian upper class ladies of the 19th century. The shawl was knitted so fine it could be pulled through a wedding ring. This delicate and fragile technique remains a living source of inspiration for our designer.

Kristina Viirpalu’s hand embroidered bodies are additionally inspired by the motifs and patterns of various Estonian folk costumes.

Most of Kristina Viirpalu’s elaborate pieces can be worn in multiple ways for different occasions, giving the wearer a chance to create a personal couture style many times over.

Kristina Viirpalu
Kristina Viirpalu

The process

The patterns and technologies used for Kristina Viirpalu’s knitted and embroidered couture pieces are unique and unknown in the rest of the world. This makes our lusciously detailed garments also into precious pieces of art, and into living mementos of Estonia’s amazing folk culture.

Kristina Viirpalu’s embroidered bodies are created one pearl and stitch at a time, and take up to couple of weeks to finish. When the designer has come up with the design and pattern, she hands it over to our masterful embroiderer who creates the custom pattern using various laces, wool, beads, pearls and ribbons.

Each of Kristina Viirpalu’s couture dresses is unique. One exquisite gown usually takes 2 -3 months to finish and three masterful craftsmen to give them their final, delicate form. At first, the gown gets hand-knitted by the craftsmen of this unique craft in Haapsalu. The dress is then sent to Kristina Viirpalu’s Atelier in Tallinn where the seamstress shapes it into the required shape using the finest fabrics. The last person to work on the dress is the embroiderer who adds the necessary amount of pearly exuberance to the gown.

Kristina Viirpalu’s jackets, coats, trousers and skirts are the pinnacle of meticulous tailoring. All items are unique luxury garments that are handmade in our Atelier in Tallinn’s Old Town.

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