- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Hello lovely Bees, I posted back in September about how happy I was to not only find my dream wedding dress but to get a pristine sample gown exactly in my budget.
Now I have uncovered a bit of a mystery. My dress is called Alexis and is by a brand new fairly high end British designer called Intuzuri Costura. It retailed for roughly £1500 ($2385) however I got a discount of £500 ($795) for purchasing the dress as a sample.
I had originally been crazy about another dress from the Intuzuri collection, ‘Adelphi’, and hadn’t been overly taken by Alexis – the pictures online only showed Alexis to be a strapless lace dress, but she was far more impressive in person.
The bonus of the dress was that after I had tried the gown on and already fallen in love, the store consultant sealed the deal by asking if I had seen the matching jacket that came with the dress – for no extra cost! Sheer tulle with a lace applique it v’d at the back and joined with satin buttons. I was utterly sold and ecstatic, although I was amazed that the jacket hadn’t been in any of the official designer photos.
Excuse how messy the jacket looks from the back in the photo above, it is a bit big and will beed to be altered to fit.
So one day last month I was browsing through the dress threads on The Bee and I did a massive double take. Stargurl had posted a picture of a 2012 collection Pronovias gown called Peral. It was my dress. Exactly. Every detail was precisely the same. I did a google search for more photos. With the jacket, without the jacket, with the belt, without the belt. It was the SAME dress. Alexis = Peral.
The quality of my dress is exceptional. I tried on several Pronovias gowns while shopping for my dress and the quality of my gown is absolutely equal to them. I don’t think that it is a cheap rip off of the Pronovias but I’m not sure what is going on.
To add to my confusion I ALSO noticed that their Arianna dress is an exact replica of Pronovias Primor – right down to their unusual belts. I had also tried on Arianna and can vouch that the quality and detail of the dress was exquisite.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I adore my gown and I am thrilled to get what would have been a £2300 gown from Pronovias for £1000. I am just bamboozled about how?!?!
Any ideas my fellow Bees?