Post # 1
So sometime last week I went to the Dressilyme website to salivate over the dress I wanted to purchase (Sottero Anniston) but to my shock most of the dresses were off of their site including my love 🙁 I wondered what was wrong and even sent them an email but never got a reply (although other bees did receive a reply). Fast forward to last night while I was waiting for SYTTD to come on, I came across Inside Edition which featured an investigation on counterfeit wedding dresses…
I am thinking this is why ALL of the deisgner dresses are off their site – I think Maggie got pissed and sent them a cease & dismiss …now I’m thinking I need to purchase from a retailer..
What do you bees think?
Post # 3
I think they filled a market niche that was never going to take away from people buying “Real” designer dresses. People who buy $200 dress off knock.off sites were incredibly unlikely to drop $2-5k on a dress from the actual designer so I think the designers with an issue with it are kidding themself. There are also very few original wedding dresses. There are only so many ways to make a white long dress. Or white short dress. Lots of name brand designers have dresses that are incredibly similar too.
Post # 4
@chasesgirl: +1. The girls who are buying the knockoffs will just purchase used/sample dresses instead.
Post # 5
I don’t have any insight on why the dresses were removed, but I can say that I have emailed them multiple times to try to have a dress made with no responses.
Post # 6
@chasesgirl: You’re right on the ladies (myself included) on who would buy a $200 vs $2-5k dress. I did notice that IE didnt mention Dressily, Jasmines, etc. It seems as though this bride didn’t realize it was a knock off? Maybe she should have learned about WeddingBee?
Post # 7
@chasesgirl: + 1!
I think Dressilyme will still do custom requests. I just had them make Maggies Isadora Ann even tho it wasn’t on their site.
I think they’re re-doing their site with all their own pictures, which is a great idea! Kind of makes me wish I’d waited to buy my wedding dress, because the dress I got, (even tho i love it), is really quite different then the Mori Lee dress it was supposed to be.
Post # 8
Interesting. However, did they actually market them as Maggie dresses? I always thought they were obvious replicas, but were never claiming to be a designer dress. I wonder if there is anything a designer could do legally to stop replicas being made, so long as they don’t market it as the real deal. I could take a picture of any designer dress I wanted to a seamstress and have them make me a replica. Dressilyme (I thought) was no different.
Post # 9
@MrsWBS: The gowns are copyrighted by the designers, so they could actually sue the replica makers.
I wanted my wedding cake to be a replica of the one from the movie Father of the Bride. I emailed the bakery that designed the original cake for the movie and got permission to use it. The bakeries I was looking at all had verbiage on their websites that they only wanted to do cakes of their own designs, and I’m pretty sure the liability was the reason why. Since I had permission to use the image, I didn’t have any trouble getting the cake I wanted.
Post # 10
@MrsWBS: I think that’s correct, but they used some designer photos on the website. By replacing the designer’s photos with photos of their own work, they can’t get in trouble for misusing the designer’s images or marketing replicas as the real thing.
Post # 11
@strawbabies: I thought you couldn’t copyright clothing.
Post # 12
I actually asked DressilyMe about this a while ago (who, by the way, makes much better quality dresses than the sites listed in that article), and they said they’re restructuring their site. If you go look, they have more dresses up now.