(Closed) I’m in love with Vera Wang Ethel

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Vera Wang is now doing an inexpensive line called Vera Wang white for the retail chain David’s Bridal in the US. There are a couple styles similar to Ethel, you may want to check it out:



Here are a few used ones for sale. They’re slightly above your price range though. I sold a dress to a bride in Hong Kong before and shipping+customs came to $300. I don’t know if the buyer had to pay taxes on top of that.




Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Alice0183:Hi–I love both the Vera Wang Ethel and Farrah but can’t afford the cost.  Like you, I saw them way discounted if made in China.  If you decide to buy, please let me know if how the copied version of Ethel works out!  Also, have you thought about having a (local) tailor work with you to reproduce the gown–I’ve heard that can also be much cheaper than purchasing the brandname. 

Post # 5
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012


i am also totally in love with the ethel. i either plan on spending the money to buy this gorgeous dress (im also in australia but would buy from a US boutique that will send it to me) or getting it made replica.

i have also thought about buying a replica from china and they are cheap, a recommendation would be useful. i have also found this online store in Texas called lilys bridal online (or similar) that made the replicas but in quality materials. i was quoted about $1500 to make the ethel. check her out, it might be another option. but make sure you have tried on similar so you dont mind spending the money.


when i was emailing her for quotes (sending through pictures on what i wanted) i asked her to send me a picture of the VW Diana dress they have made, and it was pretty perfect to the original.

hope that helps

Post # 6
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Buy it used and resell it when you’ve had your day.  I got my $7.5K dream dress, in all of its dreamy fabric and craftsmanship glory for about $1K including alterations.  If anyone could knock off that fabric, my had is off to them, but I wouldn’t count on it.  I’d rather have my memories and pictures than a not-quite-right dress to keep in the closet forever.

Post # 9
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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Very nice!!! This is a unique style and they did a great job of recreating it in a classy way. Its really difficult to recreate the skirt, so I have heard. So thumbs up for blingdress.

Post # 10
4108 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@Alice0183:Pretty & looks like a great fit too! Congrats on the positive experience, I’m glad to hear you’re happy with your dress Smile

Post # 12
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@Alice0183: What was the website? I am also obsessed with this dress and can’t afford it!!

Post # 13
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i think your seamstress did a great job on the top.  the bottom looks nice but i think each swirl is a bit wider than vera’s version.  i believe there are 6-8 sets of the swirls (i tried counting them but I didn’t want to take the dress out of the bag.)  and they’re not exactly rosettes.  i don’t know how to describe them.  they’re swirls but not full swirls — the bottom is flat and open and the swirls are layered pieces of raw edge cut organza. i think it looks fine the way it is but if she’s going to fix them, maybe she can take the edging off the organza. 

it definitely reminds me of the ethel. 

Post # 15
553 posts
Busy bee

would you give the contact details pls. i love how your dress turned out  its beautiful and unique

Post # 16
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

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