Anyone against knock-off dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is buying knock-off gowns wrong?
    Yes : (140 votes)
    37 %
    No (if you vote no, tell me why its okay!) : (225 votes)
    60 %
    Other : (10 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s not something I would choose to do, because I don’t like knock-off anything.  I’ve never thought about it much since I wouldn’t have considered it for me, but I guess on the surface, I do think it’s wrong because it is stealing an idea and having it reproduced. 

    Post # 4
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    446 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t think it is wrong because as far as I can tell, the girls that buy their dresses from dressilyme and other similar places are not claiming that the dresses are designer. They aren’t putting a Vera Wang label on a dress that was made to look like a Vera Wang dress, for example. Also, I don’t think that the types of lace or fabric are as expensive. Have you never gone to target and bought an outfit that looked like something you saw at Jcrew? I know I have… The quality isn’t the same, just the look.

     

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I am not a fan of knock off anything. If I can’t afford something, I try to get something that I like within my price point.

    Then again, with most luxury goods you get quality… so really if you do get a knockoff, you’re getting what you pay for, and many people know it’s a knockoff so you’re not really fooling anyone (like handbags for example).

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee

    I am against it mostly because the costs don’t add up. All that fabric is expensive… (if you’ve ever watched Project Runway you know that they always struggle to buy everything they need within their budgets) so how much are the seamstresses actually getting paid? Really when it comes to knock-off vs. designer people do it to save money. There are tons of ways people can get custom and or designer dresses made in your own country of residence.

     

    Here’s a list of designers who are Made in USA approved
    http://wedding.theknot.com/special-wedding-features/fourth-of-july-wedding-ideas/articles/wedding-dresses-made-in-usa.aspx?MsdVisit=1

     

    There are also designers/manufacturers in Australia, Europe, Canada, etc.

     

    I know when I get married I’ll be wearing a colored dress so I’ll be able to shop for evening dresses at department stores, many of which have filters online for garments made in specific countries.

     

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    1) jasmine doesn’t claim their dresses are not theirs, they don’t put a lazaro or whatever tag

    2) clothing is not copyrighted and it shouldn’t be. where do you draw the line? “i invented beading”? “i can only do ball gowns?” “i copyrighted tulle first”?

     

    3) the dresses are rarely identical. although i don’t see a problem if if they were.

     

    4) the person who buy a knock off can’t afford the original, therefore they’re not “stealing” business from someone else

     

    5) i don’t see anything wrong with downloading music, movies,etc; and i work in the audiovisual industry, but that’s another conversation

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    just wanted to add: if you’re into fashion, you know that copyrighing clothing doesn’t make sense. who copyrights a black pump?

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I agree with you, OP. I’m not going to knock those who choose to do it, but I do think it steals from the original designer and also is an attempt to have something you can’t afford. I feel that way about most “knockoffs” whether it is a “coach” bag, a “vera wang” dress,  or a moissanite someone is passing off as a diamond. All of these things (the real ones that is) are status items, like it or not, and getting a knock-off seems to me like you’re wanting to look like you have the money to get something, whether or not you actually do (and yes, I know, some buy the “knock-offs” even if they could afford the original because they don’t think the price is “worth it,” but regardless many are trying to get the look of the original in part because of that designer name attached to it). Most people can tell its not the real thing, and I just feel sorry then because it seems like they are trying too hard to have something they don’t. I’m sorry if you did get a knock-off dress or have a moissanite and disagree, but this is my perception only.

     

    ETA: I want to add I’m only really against it when a design is copied completely and it is attempted to be “passed off.” I’ve browsed the Jasmine and other China Dresses threads and know that many brides use it to alter the dresses to their vision (this top on this bottom) thereby creating a new design. I think that’s awesome…

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @newlynesting:  What’s wrong with Jasmine?  I wore a Jasmine couture dress and it wasn’t a knockoff.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @bebero:  But there’s a difference between a “black pump” you buy at payless and a Loubitan red sole pump. And actually, Loubitan does have a copyright on the red sole (yet, there are still knockoffs out there).

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @nineteen87:  +1 The background of the pictures makes me sad – looks like a sweatshop to me.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I have a sincere question for those who buy a dress from Jasmie/Dressilyme etc. If someone asks you who made your dress, what’s your response? I actually get that question quite a bit from my friends I’ve shared my pictures with so I’m genuinely curious…

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