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We know the secret to great style is perfectly tailored clothing, but finding pieces that fit like a glove can be challenging (especially among designer brands, where a 27-inch waist often translates to a size eight or ten).

Meet Lee Anderson, the fashion guru of the Upper East Side, who creates custom couture for ladies who are over the department-store dressing room. Anderson's gift for flattering figures has garnered a worldwide clientele--quite impressive for a designer who has rarely advertised during her 30 years of business.

Her pieces are meticulously constructed to customers' specific measurements, in patterns, silhouettes and colors that are eternally chic. Anderson specializes in custom-made eveningwear (starting at $3,000) but creates full wardrobes for her clients every season. Women also flock to her Lexington Avenue studio for luxurious, cotton daywear (starting at $1,995), and suiting (starting at $999).

With wedding season approaching, now's the perfect time to pay Anderson a visit: Mothers of brides are among her most popular clients (she also makes spectacular bridesmaid dresses).

Anderson also releases a ready-to-wear collection twice a year, which can be purchased in her studio. Her in-house seamstresses are experts at alterations; if you love a dress on the rack but envision it with sleeves or extra length, consider it sewn.

Though her clothes don't come cheap, they're perfectly fitting and made to last a lifetime. If you ask us, that's priceless.

Lee Anderson Couture, 988 Lexington Ave. (between 71st and 72nd sts.); 212-772-2463 or

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