Post # 1
So was reading lots of posts about knockoffs (including the infamous Sunday Rose) and that got me curious. Very few people have the dress budget for the original so if you fell in love with a couture gown would you rather buy that dress used or find a lower priced knockoff? Now everything is relative – if you love a high end designer but have a mid priced budget you may go that route. If your budget is very small you may love a mid priced gown but go the china route . . .
Post # 3
With a knockoff you run the risk of the fabric not being what you had in mind. I’ve been hunting on preownedweddingdresses and other such sites, so I guess that explains what I’d do. But my vote goes to reverse mortgage the house, because that’s just a fun thing to vote for!
Post # 4
Wait for a sample sale and then pounce—I bought a Christos gown for a fraction of the original price. Just need to clean it and get it altered 🙂
Post # 5
I bought a knock-off and was really happy with my experience. However, I’ve been on the Bee for a little while and I’ve noticed the people who are dissatisfied with their knock-off dresses are typically not happy with them for the following reasons:
a) The detailing is never as nice. Instead of things being embroidered, it’ll usually be an applique.
b) Lace. Lace is pricey and the lace that comes on the knock-off dresses isn’t the highest quality.
c) They’ve already looked at or tried on the original… and the knock-off just isn’t the same.
Post # 6
Very seldom do knock offs pass completely as the inspiration, so if I was obsessed with a couture gown I’d buy it pre-owned or on sample sale long before I’d go knock off.
That being said, I’m not obsessed with designers, so I wouldn’t have a problem going knock off from the beginning 😉 I ended up buying a brand new dress that was a fraction of my budget, and I’m happy as a clam.
Post # 7
I think a well made dress will survive more than one wearing. A used, high quality gown would probably be more attractive to me than a knock off.
Sometimes the speed with which those replica shops turn dresses around makes me nervous!
Post # 8
My ceremony dress was a Badgley Mischka sample dress while my reception dress was China made. Since I’ve a perfectionist, I’m glad I purchased a sample dress because I wanted a silk dress and the details. I love my reception dress and will alter it some so I can wear it again.
I say go the Sample route and if you can’t go that route, have it made. My reception gown is gorgeous but I’m thankful I have an Awesome Seamtress who was able to take care of the sewing mishaps. Just the lack of QC.
Post # 9
Original used. Hands down. For the simple reason that the bs and stress of ordering a knockoff isn’t worth the money i would potentially save and then it might turn out that the product is unusable therefore you’ve thrown your money down the drain anyways.