(Closed) high fashion wedding dresses…am I the only one?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Yes! You’re the only one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kidding! I have grown into my love of high fashion, but I wasn’t always like that. I don’t fault people who aren’t and I know that there are people who are too into it. You can think I’m crazy for loving Vera, because I think it’s crazy that you think DB’s dresses are prettier than hers. LOL That’s what makes WB so great! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’m not a huge fan of high fashion dresses either. Mainly because of the prices. Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty, but I’m just too stingy to allow myself to fawn over them.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

 I love looking at high fashion mags (not just for wedding dresses but in general) beause I love the models(who are never "pretty’ mostly quirky looking) , the make up, accessories…I have to look at boring regular people all day (myself included) and fashion is just a little escape from the Target business attire everyone wears here. Plus, there is a difference in fabrics, beading, ect..on the clothes. If you don’t care about those things you probably wouldn’t notice though. No one is right or wrong like you said-it’s just a matter of what you are interested in.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I feel just a b/c it falls under the category of being called "couture" or "high fashion"… it doesn’t mean it looks good. I think some of it is complete crap, but some of it is drop dead gorgeous… to each his/her own. We all have our own tastes and opinions which is what makes us unique individuals. So, its perfectly fine to "not get it"… maybe its just not your style and thats okay!

 Maybe its so expensive b/c most people would never actually wear the stuff they make… lol…

Post # 7
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Wannabee

A lot of those dresses just look ridiculous to me…or like underwear.  The one commercially made dress I fell in love with was from Jasmine Bridal although that won’t be what I go with.  We’re having a medieval/rennaissance wedding and I’m making my dress.  I’ve gotten a lot of odd looks and comments when people find out I’m making my gown and I have to explain that I *am* a seamstress specializing in period/recreation clothing especially corsetry and anything to do with silk.  I designed and made my baby sister’s gown for her wedding last November in all silk (including lining) and freshwater pearl bead embroidery…for about $200 in materials including a lot of left over silk for me to play with.  My own dress will be a late Tudor (not the TV series) style that I will be able to wear to SCA events with a few minor tweaks so no disappearing into storage in a box for several decades. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

No, you’re definitely not alone. I love fashion, Project Runway, NY Fashion week, etc, but I definitely don’t "get" it. One thing I’ve learned from watching shows and reading blogs is that high fashion is meant to be really showy. It isn’t meant to be worn every day, but it’s meant to influence everyday looks. So say there is a wedding dress with lots of ruffles and flowers and craziness, well a more mainstream designer will look at that dress and modify it for the "regular" buyer. Does that make sense? It’s very strange and I have a hard time seeing the "pretty" in high fashion, but I guess there is a method to their madness.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I also think there is a difference between high fashion and expensive wedding gowns. Couture fashion I don’t get a lot of it, but I appreciate the detail and quality of it. Now, expensive wedding gowns I get and love as I’ve said. I don’t consider Vera Wang to be "high fashion" really. I guess her regular line might be, but not really. When I think "high fashion" I think couture quality deisgners…Balmain, Lanvin, ODLR, Balenciaga, J Mendel, Gucci, etc. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Even though I worked as a model for two years, I do not "get" the draw of the couture dresses.  I enjoy looking through the bridal mags & watching runway shows, but I could not justify spending that kinda of money on a wedding dress.  I fell for an Alvina Valenta dress I saw in a magazine & for an Ines di Santo I tried on in a bridal salon, but those dresses practically cost more than my wedding!  I always thought DB was the Walmart of wedding dress shops, but I found an amazing gown there.  It was perfect for me & looks much more expensive than it actually was.  Plus I didn’t have to deal with those horrible clips on a sample size; DB carried my size in store.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

I’m not girly either, nor do i now or "EVER" see myself as a BRIDE or princess. I never have. Many people say I "deserve" to feel like a bride… but uh… I just don’t. I’m a ton of other things but a bridey-bride just ain’t one of them. Maybe that’s why I’m having so many issues with my dress search. I’m happy now, but it’s been a long road to get there.

And shoes – I’m a ten. Don’t you just hate it when you find a really cute little shoe, and when the salesperson brings it out in your size it looks like a giant ugly clodhopper?!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Interesting post…and responses!  I guess I’m of the opinion that runway fashion can be kind of fun to look at.  In a way it’s a lot more like art in a museum.  You probably wouldn’t hang it in your house, but it can challenge your aesthetic sensibilities by pushing the boundaries.  And I do think much of it is not meant to be worn, but rather to influence other lines as EAQ219 says. 

But I do get the appeal of some of the higher end commercial lines (like VW or OdR etc).  I’m really, really picky about fit, and generally (not always) I think that the extra expense is driven by  the fact that the top designers know how to cut dresses to be flattering.  Also, from a manufacturing standpoint it can cost more to construct a better fitting gown.  I also think that the more expensive fabrics they use drape better.  For example, the difference between a t-shirt from say Banana Republic and Old Navy (both owned by the same company) is that the BR one might have an extra seam or dart, or be cut with a waist to make it more flattering.  It might also have softer material.  Both of those things cost extra in manufactring, so you end up with a $40 tshirt from BR and a $10 one from ON.  There’s obviously some differential mark up as well, but it’s not all just hype.

One thing I do feel, though, is that a lot of the really elaborate fancy gowns end up wearing the bride than the other way around.  I do think there are people who can pull them off, but not everyone.  And I think the hype surrounding "the dress" that’s propagated by the WIC (wedding industrial complex…hehe, I read that recently and it cracked me up) makes brides feel compelled to show of a dress instead of finding a dress that shows them off.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I swear you must be my long lost twin!

I have huge feet too, and I hate shoe shopping. Nothing ever fits! As for my dress- it was on sale, half off, and I couldn’t tell you who designed it. I could care less about labels and all that. It’s just a label! Get what makes you happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The only thing I hate is when Amsale or Vera wang make something like this and charge THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars when you can get something this simple elsewhere for a couple hundred.

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