Who is Marisa and why are their dresses such a mystery?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I don’t know who they are, but even on their website they don’t show their newest dresses – I’m guessing they just don’t want to be copied.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I bought a Marisa at Kleinfeld. The sample had legit tags, design number, etc. I think I heard somewhere on the boards one time that it’s a Canadian deisgner/company? Not sure but I will agree that their website is a joke. Wouldn’t have known they exist if my consultant hadn’t pulled the dress for me.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i have a Marisa dress! It is a real designer, her name is Tamara Kristen – and shes an American designer. Apparently they are really super secretive about their designs, and yes alot of their design styles are similar to Melissa sweet (i actually wanted to get a melissa sweet but the dress construction was too flimsy to hold my ta-tas and Marisa dresses had the same look and feel but with more structure) although they are different enough to hold their own too. 

I ended up getting a Marisa 700 (also known as the Priscilla) and it was SUPER hard finding a pic of the dress.

This site http://www.theknot.com/co_profileview.htm?profilename=marisagownbio&MsdVisit=1 (sorry its a knot bio but its a good link for this) has alot of the dresses listed, and looking on preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com pulls up alot of girls with her designs.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Marisa’s dresses are such a mystery because it keeps the costs down. I don’t believe it has anything to do with the knockoff issue, because David’s and DaVinci (who are more egregious with making copies) certainly put themselves out there!

Randy from Kleinfeld says Marisa doesn’t spend any money on marketing, and that’s passed on to the customer.

Think about how much it must cost a designer to have its creations listed on The Knot or brides.com’s gown galleries. Not to mention advertising in magazines and Web sites, and holding fashion shows. Even having photos on the brand’s Web site is an expense – photographers and models have to be paid, after all! For most bridal labels, these expenses end up being reflected in the price tags.

You’d think a no-marketing policy wouldn’t be good for business, since it’s basically impossible for brides to print and clip photos of Marisa styles to show the stores. I’m sure a lot of people are aware that Marisa is a very good and respectable brand – Bridal Bargains gives them an A for quality, style, value and order turnaround. But other than the famous Lia doppelgänger, I doubt brides ask to try on specific Marisa gowns.

You know how people say that sometimes the dress finds the bride? Marisa’s business model seems to be driven by this maxim. A good store knows that a bride who wants a well-made 100% silk gown under $2,000 isn’t delusional – she’s a Marisa bride!

My dress is Marisa 810. I was only able to find the style number and good photos (on a real bride) by combing through oncewed.com. I don’t believe it’s a knockoff of anything, though it reminded my sister of that famous dress in the movie Gigi (without the black feathers at the shoulders). I wanted an Old Hollywood vibe, so it was perfect!

I placed the order a few days ago, so I can’t tell you just yet how the dress turned out. I’m happy with my decision – even if it wasn’t one of the many, many dresses I printed out.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@spaganya – OMG THAT’S MY DRESS! I’ve never found a picture of it anywhere! 100+ points for you.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Kittyachi – glad to help! it took me FOREVER to find it. at first when i originally tried it on i thought it was a 504 for marisa (the darn boutique wouldnt give me the dress number – didnt go back there but found the dress elsewhere) but upon further research and comparison i found it πŸ™‚

random stupid question – did yours COME with a sash? or is that extra? i forgot to ask and im thinking it probably doesn’t?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@spaganya – when I tried on the sample it didn’t have a sash. i tried it on with a sash later on in my appointment but it was a Monique sash that my consultant whipped out just to show me what it would look like with one. generally speaking I think that sashes are usually sold separately but I could be wrong.

I’m still super excited that I have that picture now! 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@kittyachi – yeah thats what happened at the bridal store i actually got my dress – they whipped out a sash to show me (im not a fan of sashes though) but on all of the pics i have seen of it they have sashes except for this one. so i was wondering πŸ™‚ jus twanted to make sure i got everything i paid for *wink*

enjoy the pic – i had fun making my inspiration board off of it. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I tried on a few Marisas and really liked the way they fit, and they were of very high quality. I remember being shocked when I found out the price of the dresses, I had expected them to be twice as much!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Just when I thought I cracked the mystery, I really didn’t!

My dress (which is consistently labeled 810 on resale sites) is actually 825. I called Marisa to confirm.

The real 810 is a completely different style: it was described to me as strapless organza with an embroidered belt.

 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh My Gosh Ladies, the Marisa 810 (or 825) was on Say Yes To the Dress last night!!!! It’s the episode called “All In The Family”!!! I couldn’t believe it!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a semi-Marisa bride! πŸ™‚ I got my lace bolero by her from OnceWed. Even used, it was much cheaper than similar styles I’d looked at by other designers, though the original tag on it still pretty high. I hadn’t really considered them because you can’t see the collection unless you stumble on a store that sells it, but I would never knock them! The dresses we have seen (and my bolero) are lovely!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am a Marisa bride!  I wore 726 at my wedding earlier this month…. Looooooved my dress!! 

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