Post # 1
I don’t know if this has been addressed yet, so I wanted to get everyone’s opinion on it. Alot of brides, including myself, are having their dresses custom made in China. Although i’m getting a custom designed dress (its a mash up of different aspects of like, 5 dresses lol), alot of brides get gowns that are replicas of designer gowns. What does everyone else feel about this? I, for one, support it; i abhor how Bridal salons here mark up the prices of dresses more than 10 times their worth, if im paying $2000 for a dress it shouldn’t look and feel like $200. Oftentimes, the same chinese shops selling replicas are selling the real version too, i’ve heard cases where the replica tailor had made the exact same dress for the bridal salon; I feel like the middle man is cut out. On the other hand, these designs are a designers “intellectual property”, they “own” the design (even though most dresses are “interpretations” of other dresses). How do ya’ll feel about this?
Post # 3
I think if you can afford to get the designer version you should. I know that a lot of the cost of the dress is because there are many aspects that go into a dress (renting building space, paying the people who put the dress together, marketing, maintaining websites, materials, ect.) beyond just paying for the concept created by the designer. But not everyone can afford a designer dress and who am I to judge someone for choosing a different manufacturer for an item which is significantly cheaper.
Post # 4
@asscherlover: I never really thought of it that way myself, alot of that dress’s cost does go towards aspects other than making the dress itself. This is why I love polls! Thank you!
Post # 5
There was just a pretty heated thread on this yesterday.
Personally, I have no issue with replicas even though I didn’t purchase one myself. Designer dresses are nauseatingly expensive and I could NEVER imagine spending what some of these brides spend. Honestly, I see them as a huge waste of money but I also realize that everyone has different priorities when it comes to their wedding. If someone wants the look and can get it for a fraction of the price, why the hell not? The quality may not be as top of the line as it would be if you went the designer route but the dress only has to stay intact for a few hours. It doesn’t need to be made of steel (or they fabric equivalent).
As for “intellectual property”, I don’t really buy that excuse. I tried on dresses from numerous lines and every single designer has virtually the exact same dress. There were a few variations but certainly not enough to where they can claim their own intellectual property. Sure, the dress originated from somewhere but if other designers can rip it off then so can a replica company.
Post # 6
NOPE!! Designers shouldn’t be making those dresses so expensive!! =P
ETA: but in all seriousness, it depends on what you can afford. Replicas are usually not as well made as the real thing, so you end up getting what you paid for. But, for some bees, it’s still the right look for them.
Post # 7
Jasimine’s Bridal Shop makes awesome replicas. I’ve been studying the replicas just to see quality and consistency. They might be the best IMO. I’ve only been studying pictures and bride responses, granted.
Post # 8
Haha yeah it got verrrry addressed recently. Here‘s the other thread, if you’re interested OP 🙂