Post # 1
Let me preface this all by saying – to each their own, I understand that everyone has a different set of circumstances. Just a personal opinion here…
I really do not understand ordering a replica gown. There are stunning wedding dresses out there in every different price range – why participate in knocking off an artist? I didn’t have an unlimited budget for my gown, actually pretty modest by most peoples standards & found a gown that far exceeded my dreams. I just can’t understand, in essence, stealing a designers work (and if you are using pictures straight from their website, that’s what it is)… To me it is the same as passing off original artwork or copyrighted work as your own just to not pay royalties or the same as buying an illegal fake handbag. Why not support the designers making dresses in the price range that is comfortable for you?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
SouthernProper: Snob much? Just because I can’t afford a Vivienne Westwood doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to afford something that looks similar. Replicas are rarely exact replicas and honestly unless you buy all of your clothes directly off the runway you’re just as guilty of wearing a knockoff or counterfeit item.
Post # 3
You should ABSOLUTELY rock something that looks similar…. but why take their photos & say ‘please make this exact dress for me’. If you designed something and you took it to the market, would you want exact replicas made and referred to as yours?
Maybe it’s just a difference in looking at things. I don’t think it makes me a snob to say – ‘I can afford a 1k dress, so I will look at designers in that price range instead of ones that would cost me 5k’.
Post # 4
SouthernProper: Then don’t buy a replica gown?
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
SouthernProper: I don’t think many brides walk into a dress shop thinking they are going to order a replica. Store clerks hand them dresses outside of their price range on purpose because they work off commission and once a bride has had her “moment” she may not be able to get that dress out of her mind. Besides, while materials are patentable, clothing cuts and styles are not.
Post # 6
SouthernProper: Or maybe designers should stop marking up their dress by 1000% and then there would be no need for brides with lower budgets to purchase replica gowns.
Post # 7
I love when people say they wouldn’t buy a knock off purse but have no issue buying a knock off weddingn gown or the knock off Tiffany engagement ring. Kind of hypocritical, eh?
Post # 8
The industry needs to stop marking up their “wedding” related items and stop making things so expensive and then maybe people woudl stop buying repicas….
Post # 9
SouthernProper: honestly, there are SO many wedding dresses that look the same, regardless of who made them. There are dresses at Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Stella York, etc etc etc that I can’t tell apart from one dress to another. Most brides these days don’t venture away from ball gowns or mermaid/fit-n-flare anyway, so most dresses look the same to me. What I’m getting at it is, who’s to say one dress made by the actual designer isn’t a knock off a thousand made before them.
Not to mention, many of the couture wedding gown designs are so different than your typical gown you’re going to find in a bridal boutique or David’s Bridal or whatever. The gowns I’m in to are high-end couture, and have yet to find anything similar (down to design and shape) by a lower-end designer. Therefore, I will be having mine made, but will be taking bits and pieces from other gowns and essentially making my own design– for the finished product, that is.
Post # 10
mdcmod: all I’m saying is that even with the crazy markups you can find a wonderful dress….
I found a gown that was, in my opinion, an amazing quality of construction, craftsmanship, design, detail and fabric for not a whole lot more than you see people paying for replicas.
I’m not sure where you draw the line at what is and what isn’t a ‘lower-end’ designer. It also sounds like you are having something completely custom created – to me, that’s completely different.
Post # 11
SouthernProper: So what? This thread is not going to solve anything or change pple’s mind. Sometimes brides want to combine designs/several from 2/more different disigners and its much better to have that customized instead of buying two different dresses and combining them :D.
Another argument is that the original designer probably deesnt lose sales to replicas since those pple who buy replicas would not have been willing to pay heft prices as designers anyways.
Post # 12
Ellicott: Only if brides with repicas claims that their dresses are original, which is rarely the case. It’s different to buy something and pretending it’s original, and to custom design a wedding dress inspired by other designers.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Ok, true, this thread won’t change anything, but I agree with OP. Designers are artists in their own right. Copying one of their designs is copywright infringement. There are multiple designers who are currently in litigation with many of the Chinese knock-off factories because their images are being directly used on knock-off websites.
And I do take offense to those who think every bridal store is out to scam them. Having working in the bridal industry over a dozen years as a buyer, spokesperson for a designer, and Store Manager of a locally well-known store, I worked for companies with integrity. When I found out the designer I was working for “sold out” her name to David’s, I left. When one of the owners I worked for couldn’t fulfill orders, I left. Stores carry designers in the price ranges that match their demographic. For example, the last store I worked for had nothing under $1K, but didn’t go over $3K. Don’t want to spend $1K? No problem, there are other options and other stores.
I also don’t agree with the designers (ahem, DaVinci) who knock off DAVID’S dresses. Again, it’s copywright infringement even though I’m not a David’s fan.
The brick and mortar stores suffer above all else when replicas are bought. The cost of doing business, especially in California, is high enough without running your business with samples, staff, and overhead and having customers take pictures and buy a knockoff elsewhere. I ADORE Vivienne Westwood and Reem Acra gowns. I couldn’t afford them so went with a Maggie Sottero instead. And I’m totally happy about it and don’t feel slighted that I couldn’t get the other ones.
Just my two cents and you may not agree. As OP said, to each their own. That’s my “own”.
Post # 14
The reality is, popular designers (or anything wedding related) will always mark-up their prices to a ridiculous pricetag and there will always be companies, etc. who will create knock-offs because there will ALWAYS be a demand for it. If you cannot understand why people want replicas, than you are just not one of those people who care about getting a product that looks similar to a designer product but at a huge discounted price.
To each their own.
Post # 15
Maybe designers have to charge more because people keep ripping off their designs.
People keep saying SYTTD always shows their brides dresses out of their budget, but its usually the bride or her people that insist on doing that.