(Closed) Thinking of getting a dress made in Hong Kong

posted 8 years ago in South East Asian
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hmmmm. Well, my friend got hers done in China ordered from here in Japan. She sent it back because the quality was not up to par and the detaiing not as great as she had hoped. I’ve heard stories like this from other brides too but I’m curious about any other experiences with this because while I’m in Japan I should take advantage of cheaper shipping rates!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

while in high school, i got a prom dress made in there while on spring break – i know its not the same as a bridal gown but i sent mine back because i had such high expectations and it was just not up to par.  i guess i got what i paid for …

 

i suggest you get one made only if you can be there along the way for fittings, seeing the progress, etc. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had my dress made in Shenzhen, just take the train right across the border.  Unfortunately my mother found the seamstress through a recommendation from a friend of hers, so I don’t have any advice on how to find someone.  Although they initially thought it would take a week it ended up taking about 10 days to make, and the seamstress just worked from some photos, a couple of sketches and my stumbling explanations of what I wanted.  It turned out really well, and fits me like a dream.  The quality of the workmanship was amazing, everything double stitched, the inside of the corset is fully lined in silk and the outside is silk with an underskirt of pearl embroidered lace.  We were able to get the best quality fabrics available in the fabric malls in Shenzhen and the seamstress drove some hard bargains with the fabric sellers.  The most amazing thing was that I didn’t even have to go to HK – I was going to, but work got in the way so in the end I just sent my measurements and pictures, talked to the seamstress on the phone and my mother chose the fabrics.  The price was unbeatable – USD$250 (plus a CNY laisee because I felt guilty that it was so cheap and the dress was so gorgeous).

If you don’t have the time to get something made bespoke, there are enormous warehouses of ready-made dresses that you can check out across the border.  If you don’t have a mainland visa, or you’re willing to pay a little more there are plenty of places in HK itself with designer dresses – here’s a list from HK magazine – from 2008 but the links all look ok still (http://hk-magazine.com/feature/frock-horror

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are a lot of sample rooms in the garment center in NYC- you could be more involved in the process if you are close to home.  There is a fabric store that has a custom bridal room in the back on 38th or 39th between 7th and 8th (can’t remember exactly where). 

How long will you be in HK?  I go there a lot for work since I am in the fashion industry but don’t know of a place unless if is a favor from a factory or somthing along those lines. 

It is a process to make a well made dress, so make sure you will be around to work with them and montor the process.  To give you an idea, it usually takes 3 rounds of fitting to make a garment fit properly and ready to produce. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Wow, from everyone else’s comments it appears I have had amazingly good luck with my dress – no fittings, great quality and I wasn’t even there to stand over her.  My mother only went up once to buy the fabric, then once more to pick up the finished dress 10 days later.  I knew it was a gamble going in, but for $250 I figured it was worth taking.

So I probably got lucky, but maybe you will too Mchelly!  I’ll see if I can get the seamstress’s name from my mother as well.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh also, Shenzhen used to be horrible but it’s much nicer now – I first went about 15 years ago and it was a real hole but I’ve been back a couple of times since, most recently in April 2009 and it’s so much nicer.  Since they opened up the Lowu crossing and lots of people commute back and forth, it’s really improved the whole Shenzhen side.  I totally understand if you don’t want to go there though, HK is a more comfortable experience especially if you don’t speak Chinese.

Also here are more links for you:

http://www.geoexpat.com/resources/shopping/wedding/wedding-gowns/

http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/forums/women-only/threads/118337/getting-married-in-hong-kong/

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Bridal shops, near Granville Road

The area around Granville Road, in Tsim Sha Tsu is well known for popular and funky street-wear. But tucked around the corner, on Kimberly Road is the nerve centre of Hong Kong’s bridal industry. Weddings are a big deal in Hong Kong (as any stroll through Hong Kong Park on a weekend, or for that matter most days of the week, will demonstrate). The aptly named Pretty Woman store has one of the most arresting storefronts on Bride central, with dresses that challenge the mind (and wallet).

Read more: Window Shopping: Hong Kong’s best designed store fronts | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/hong-kong/shop/window-shopping-6-hong-kongs-best-designed-storefronts-361368#ixzz0h2wMuADn

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