(Closed) Replica Gowns

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 61
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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CHristine2809:  I’d very much agree with this, good point.

Post # 62
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I can relate to brides who want to purchase a knock off–I’d considered a knock off from a high-end designer because I couldn’t justify paying the exorbitant price tag. In the end, I just felt that the knock off would never look exactly the way I wanted. I’m glad I bought a unique dress from a local shop that was in my budget and suited me better than my “dream designer dress”. I can see what you’re saying about why brides want a knock off when maybe something better could await them. This is what happened for me–I got a better dress than a so-so knock off of a so-so designer dress. 

However, I absolutely feel brides have the right to purhcase knock offs to cut out the middle folk to save $ (the big labels outsource to China anyway). Every bride has a vision for herself and they should go for it, knock off or not. I don’t feel high-end labels should pocket the bulk of profit when seamstresses get paid next to nothing for their work. My only argument for buying the real thing from a high-end label is quality control. You never know what you really get from online knock off vendors. 

Post # 63
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Hi Iam in a similar situation to you and was thinking of getting my dress made overseas, could you tell me your experience and where you purchased it from.  Thanks

Post # 64
1219 posts
Bumble bee

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CHristine2809:  I didn’t now we were going clear back to the stone ages with this discussion. Sorry.

Post # 65
3 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

Designers cannot copyright clothing. The second the item goes on the runway in Paris, NYC etc you have teams of people working to bring those ideas to the fast fashion market. Ive sold over a million dollars of designer clothing online (yes, all authentic) And youd be amazed at how you can see the trends move between the highest end designers all the way to the low end fast fashion markets (Gucci to Forever21). It works like a pyramid. High end, to main street. Copying logos is illegal, using the same  silhouette, sleeves,  or other details is not illegal, and it happens every day. Not to say designers dont want to try to fight this from happening, its just an impossible..and costly battle.

Post # 66
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I haven’t read through all the replies yet but I wanted to say that I will most likely be ordering a replica dress for my wedding next year! 

We’re having a Destination Wedding on a budget but I have always adored Jenny Packham dresses even though they are about 10x my dress budget lol. I’ve looked absolutely everywhere for alternatives I like within budget but haven’t found anything yet… even the preowned dresses are out of my price range!

So, at the moment, my choice is to either go with a dress I don’t really want or get a replica made! 

Those close to me (including FI) know I’m looking down the replica route so definitely not trying to pass it off as the real thing – it’s just that this is the only way I can find to get something even close to my dream dress! 

Post # 67
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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SouthernProper:   Honestly as far as copyright issues go I see it irrelevant for example look at the Mori Lee gown versus the Essence of Australia dress… they are almost identical (with very different prices) another example is the Lazaro versus the Forever yours gown they are practically identical too.  <br /><br />Needless to say that these examples are more similar than many replica gowns that are made from stock photos of the original hence why I think that the copyright argument is irrelevant.  <br /><br />I personally will probably get a completely custom gown design (elements from at least 3 dresses) since I haven’t found something I am crazy about in any store.  Could I get it done locally? Sure, but I’ve seen way better and more experienced dress makers online. I think the option of making changes to a dress is extremely alluring as is having a dress made to measure. 

There are some really cheap replicas that are about $200 and for someone on a strict budget (who basically wouldn’t be able to afford a dress any other way) that is a great alternative.  Then there are replicas which cost $1000 when the original costs $1600 which personally I understand less because I would probably go with the original but that amount might make a difference between being able to afford it or not.<br /><br />I’ve actually seen replicas that I like more than the originals just because the person who bought it made some incredible changes that made it better.  I think that ordering a replica gown is as justifiable as buying one from a store.  I have bought a gown from a store (and will also be wearing it), it is a beautiful dress with amazing quality but it was also probably made in China as most wedding dress are.  Ethically by ordering a replica dress one may well be cutting out the middle man and it may be a fairer trade.  I haven’t researched enough to know definitely but that is also an issue to consider.

<br />All in all I think that both are respectable options to be considered.


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Post # 68
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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CHristine2809: I think it’s really awesome you are making your own dress. That seems to be the best — and perhaps only — way of ensuring you get exactly what you pay for. It’s sad to think that sewing is a lost art for most of us.

The problem is that most of the “high end” designers also mass produce their gowns — so that means they get at least a 50% discount on buying their fabric wholesale. If you read that NPR story, you’ll see that the $2,700 Enzoani dress actually had a polyester lining for it’s bottom layer. And the craftsmanship was not done by hand — all the layers were attached by machine. So, in the end, the gown that cost thousands of dollars was not that different from the cheap replica. I think the problem is that we generally only buy one wedding dress in our lifetime so, as consumers, we’re not as informed as we could be.

Post # 69
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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pinkksnow:  I used the chair thing as an example.  You can use anything modern.  A laptop, iPad, cell phone, whatever.  We don’t know we want them until we see people with them.

Post # 70
71 posts
Worker bee

Agree with the post.  Why get a replica? I don’t care if others get it but I definately am against it as it defeats the whole originality.  Replicas really hurt the reputation of original items.  I got pretty offended on the facebook bride community when I flashed my wedding dress among theirs and got told that “it’s probably replica” because they only can afford relicas.

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