China Dresses

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Do you like china dresses?
    They look cheap and never like the dress they replicate : (19 votes)
    29 %
    I would order one if I had a really tight budget : (26 votes)
    39 %
    Love them! : (21 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Makemeamrs:  I am pretty sure that a lot of the designers have their dresses made in China with the difference being that more expensive material is used…

    Post # 4
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    6866 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    @Makemeamrs:  I’ve seen some that are really well done. Of course they’re not going to look 100% like the designer, but some come pretty damn close. Especially for the price. Barbiestylez new dress comes to mind. She saved, I’m guessing, $1000… which, IMO, is totally awesome!

    Post # 5
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    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    There are some horror stories, but for someone that wants different aspects of different dresses, or wants to save some money and isn’t too particular about perfection, there are some very reputable companies that make beautiful dresses. I considered it, but I decided against it because I was afraid of buying it without trying it on. 

    Post # 6
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    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @tails:  +1

    I’ve seen gorgeous dresses from Chinese dress shops and likewise terrible cheap-looking dresses from “legitimate” shops. And vice versa. Sometimes taking a gamble works and you get a dress that’s even better than the original because you’re able to customize it to your exact taste – which is sometimes difficult to do if you purchase your dress from a brick and mortar store – and for a really good price. And sometimes it just doesn’t work out at all. I didn’t get a dress from a Chinese dress shop but I certainly don’t have an issue with those that did.

    Post # 7
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    811 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    It depends on the dress you are having replicated. For example, things with intricate beading and heavy “bling” almost always look cheap to me when replicated. You have better odds replicating a simpler dress. I have seen some awesome replica dresses, and I have seen some that are only ok to me.

    Post # 9
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    1253 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Makemeamrs:  well, you didn’t have a “it depends” option so I wrote love them. It entirely depends. Some are cheap and sketchy but some are reputable and the quality and options you get are way higher than American salon gowns sold at the same price. 

    Maybe to most people the American $500 gowns look ok, but to me and anyone with a detail oriented eye they typically look super cheap and are rather poorly sewn. Just like some china dresses. 

    Also, for that price range, the amount of styles you have to pick from are completely limited. You can get whatever style you want made by a china dress seller.

    Post # 10
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    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I got mine from Landy Bridal. For the price I paid the fabric and craftsmanship was much nicer than what you’d find for even hundreds more at the local chain stores. Then again I didn’t have a designer dream gown I was trying to replicate either. 

     

    Post # 11
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    3165 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Makemeamrs:  Ive had all of mine made from China companies. I couldnt find the perfect wow dress at the shops in my area. I had a ballgown made that was couture and cost 10k+ — I paid 1200$ — I also had an inbal dror replica made for 600 & the original is again, 10K. So yes thats why:) To me its not about the “designer label”, its the style I couldnt get with other designers.

    Post # 13
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    3165 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Makemeamrs:  I wasnt nervous because I did my research and followed companies… plus Im an online shopper & have an ebay store — so I just did my research.

     

    here are my replica gowns:

     

     

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    Post # 14
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    5228 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Makemeamrs:  I may go with a replica and take the chance. I’m having a small vow renewal of about 20-25 people, and I can’t really justify spending big $$$$ on a dress that I’d rather put towards venue and food.

    I really think it depends on the kind of dress you have replicated, and the cost of the replica. A pp above mentioned a bee’s Inbal Dror replica. The Original is like $10,000. I think hers cost a $1,000, and it is FAB. It looks just as expensive as the Allure and Mori Lee gowns that get posted.

    The less expensive replicas can be hit or miss. The dress I’m considering having replicated is chiffon, and the design is pretty simple. I think Chiffon and tulle are pretty safe materials. Satin and organza can look really cheap if they aren’t of a good quality, and the same goes with lace. Also, the more intricate the beading/ruching/draping, the more you run a risk of having it look significantly different from the original.

     

    Post # 16
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    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I put ‘love them’ but I’m entirely biased because I love mine. My chinese replica saved me around $2,500. Plus I may or may not pay to have alterations done, I would only need to take in an inch at the zipper. The dress was made to my measurements and if I put on a little weight I won’t need anything changed at all. If I had bought a designer dress I would have ended up with a standard size and having to pay hundreds to have the length, etc altered. 

    As Barbiestylez said, you just have to do some homework on the quality that sellers are providing before you purchase. 

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