(Closed) A Vintage Wedding Gown?!?!? Dare I alter it???

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think that dress would look good with a lace up back honestly.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree.  I can see that dress with tiny buttons up the back though.  If it doesn’t already have that look you could add “faux” buttons if you are looking for some back interest, but otherwise just have it altered to fit and IMO forget the lace up back. Wrong kind of dress for that.

By the way, LOVE the sleeves and the net at neck, very romantic dress!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

defint no lace up back only is you were to take the lace and sleeves off and make it with just the thin straps then yes, but that would take away from the original dress

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Zinzerena: From a museum professional to-be I can tell you any alterations take away from the value of the dress from a historical stand point, though another bride may want it. I would not suggest contacting a local museum, or a textile museum for an apprasal, often there are policies in place that would not allow them to give you an estimate, however, they may be able to give you the contact information for someone who can (note: this often costs a fee of some sort.)

The cheapest, fastest way is to search online for similar dresses by the same company in the same condition.

 

I also vote against the lace up back because of the neckline in the back.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Zinzerena:  Best bet on finding out more about the gown’s worth is to pore over the vintage clothing websites, also etsy and eBay and see similar dresses.  It looks late 60’s or early 70’s to me BUT I have only seen the topand thre’s so much for me with regard to dating something that requires having it in my hands so I’m not as much help.  You can probably ask some vintage clothing sellers, esp. those who do lots of wedding or formal wear and they’ll know more.  I used to sell a lot of vintage on eBay but more every day wear and more 40’s / 50’s.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Yeah, that dress looks late 60s early 70s at the oldest. All the lace appears to be synthetic material (you can tell by the “shine” of the fabric) which is why I hypothesize that it’s not that old. 

I’m not a professional, but I do have a degree in costume design and have spent lots of time handling vintage clothing and examining it up close.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Do you have a picture of the label? That would give a huge clue as to the age of the gown. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hmm, now seeing the whole thing, it appears to be 1970s-1980s. From a distance the sleeves don’t appear altered, that puffed sleeve is usually indicative of gowns from the 80s. See this photo: 

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