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Meet Soheila Ghofrani of The Dress Doctor in Gold Coast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Soheila Ghofrani.

Soheila, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been an expert in my craft for over 30 years.

My childhood summers were spent working for my uncle, a prominent tailor in Iran. I was constantly surrounded by threads and needles, and I learned French sewing techniques from both my uncle and my mother at home. Eventually I decided to study Architecture and moved to the United States in 1979. To supplement my income, I would sew and make small alterations for my professors.

Upon realizing that my passion was actually for fashion design, I changed my focus and began taking classes at Ray-Vogue College of Design. There I met my mentor who suggested I work at a company called The Dress Doctor to gain more experience. I bought The Dress Doctor a year later in 1986.

I can completely restyle existing garments, make an identical replica of a couture gown, or custom design with a client’s specific lifestyle in mind. My work has been praised throughout multiple media outlets.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being both an Iranian immigrant and a woman have created unique challenges as a small business owner.

The business world is still a man’s world… thirty years later.

When I first moved to the United States, many people were cautious and not overly friendly to people of my background. However, my Iranian childhood coupled with my American citizenship has gifted me with two very different worldviews. Ultimately, the struggle of having to start all over in a new country and adapt to a new lifestyle was an empowering experience. I am able to work with a variety of clients and personalities and understand intimately what their needs are for their wardrobe. I do this by putting myself in my client’s shoes and attempting to understand why they came to me in the first place. Our mission statement at The Dress Doctor is “Fitting and creating clothes exclusively for you.” We are different than your dry cleaner down the street because we take YOU in to account. We want your clothes to fit you – your lifestyle, your personality, your preferences. Because of this our fitting rooms frequently turn in to amateur therapy sessions. Our goal is for our clients to leave our boutique embracing the world with confidence and poise.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Dress Doctor story. Tell us more about the business.
The Dress Doctor specializes in couture and high-end contemporary designs for men and women, we can take any alteration to the next level by meticulously fitting and adjusting clothing to suit any figure without ruining the integrity of the garment. If you bring us a one-of-a-kind Oscar de la Renta dress, we will make sure any alterations are finished in the exact same way as the designer would have wanted. Other specialties include precision tailoring, custom garment construction and reconstruction, repair, resizing, and bridal alterations.

The Dress Doctor prides itself on collaborating with both up-and-coming and established artists to design for any event. In addition to design assistance, our team will assist in both sample and production pattern-making, sending out patterns for grading and marking, and will create samples or duplicates for any runway or showroom. We also provide guidance regarding fabric and trim sourcing, content and care labels, and size labels.

Our goal is to fit and create clothes exclusively for you – that’s what sets us apart from your dry cleaner down the street. Our 30+ years of expertise, combined with an eye for fashion, allows us to completely transform an everyday garment. From custom couture garments to imagining and creating a new clothing line, The Dress Doctor is dedicated to making every client’s design ideas a reality through outstanding customer service and attention to detail.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have always considered myself a very lucky person. I am one of those rare people that stumbled in to a world and career that I absolutely love.

I have been unlucky in that I lost my husband, father, and sister all within a very small period of time. Although this was very difficult, it has taught me to enjoy every day and not take life too seriously.


  • Couture Alterations: Pant hem: $45 and up
  • Couture Alterations: Skirt Hem: $65 and up
  • Couture Alterations: Dress: $160 and up
  • Couture Alterations: Outerwear/Blazer: $120 and up
  • Bridal Gown Alterations: $300-1,000 and up
  • Custom Design: Pants: $700 and up
  • Custom Design: Top/Blouse: $800 and up
  • Custom Design: Power Suit: $2,500 and up
  • Custom Design: Dress: $1,500 and up
  • Custom Design: Gown: $2,000 and up

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Image Credit:
Carasco Photography

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