This is the women's version of the same threat starting in the men's section:
I'll quote it again:
I've heard tailors say that even as recently as the 1980's, people simply wanted the best. Now they come in and they react with horror that a bespoke suit might cost several thousand dollars. Many think that because it isn't a "designer brand" garment, a bespoke garment should cost less.
Part of the reason is that people in the past were generally much better dressed might be because we are too addicted to a wave of cheap and nasty mass produced garments mostly made of petroleum based fibres i.e. of non-biodegradable plastics in even nastier sweat shops. Not only is the surfeit of plastic being continually discarded harmful to the environment, it's less comfortable to wear, but the wave of cheap and nasty disposable clothes look terrible. You see people wearing grossly ill fitting stuff everywhere, unlike when you see street shots of people walking around in films from the 1950-60s. It's degrading to who we are as people.
Nor do people seem to think much of the fact that bespoke often means that you frequently get to meet the people who make your clothes. That means that buyers are reassured that people who made their clothes are not locked away in dark and Dickensian conditions on slave labour wages, as those in the 2013 Savar building collapse were forced to suffer:
A couple of books on the question of fast fashion and its impact on the modern world:
These ethicals concerns are rarely discussed when the advantages of bespoke clothing come up, but I think that they should be. The next question is whether there are gender difference in attitudes towards expecting clothes to be cheap and disposable. Also are there gender differences in terms of the expectations regarding ethical clothing between men and women? How does this affect the bespoke garment making business, and how tailors interact with women who come into their stores?