- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016
My name is Rachel and I am selling my wedding dress which is a Vera Wang Runway Spring 2006 Model 12306
This timeless wedding gown makes you feel like one of those elegant poised women in a John Singer Sargent portrait. The ivory French silk faille has a gentle golden sheen and is pleated and ruched into flattering curves around your bust and hips. It sweeps into a rustling bubble hem with a cathedral length train. The classic silhouette is modernized by the raw fabric edges around the neckline and the sash.
The gown was a gift to me and my sister from our mother. My sister wore it in 2009 and I wore it in 2016.
We each had it dry cleaned by wedding dress cleaning experts after our weddings.
It runs true to size at a 6 in the bust and hips, but is definitely for tall people and would require substantial skilled alteration to shorten it for wearers under 5’8″ or so – or really high heels.
Minor alterations were made the first time: the underlining was hemmed by 2 inches, and bra cups were sewn in. My sister was 6’1″ in heels, 28″ waist, 38″ hips, and bust 36B.
When I wore it, the only alteration was that I basted the underlining hem 4 inches shorter (and subsequently unbasted it for cleaning). I was 5’10” in flats, 28″ waist, 38″ hips, and bust 34C.
We both required no special undergarments as the dress has multiple layers and is structurally supportive in the hips, waist and bust. It feels very secure, since the body of the dress sits on your hipbones at your natural waist. The straps do not hang off your shoulders: rather, they float just above, letting the pleats be shaped to frame your face. It has a stiff tulle underskirt and a smooth underlining that has a reinforced hem.
- At my sister’s wedding, dried lavender buds were tossed on the couple after the ceremony. We can’t figure out how they got in, because we can’t work them out, but some of the dried buds are between the lining and the ruched layer, along the seams under the arms, and along the back zipper seam. There aren’t many, and the silk is too thick for them to be visible, but you can feel them if you look for them. Supposedly, lavender naturally repels moths… 🙂
- There is a reddish crescent shaped stain about 5mm long on the side of the left bust, almost into the underarm area. It came from the first wedding. It is faint enough that it doesn’t show up when photographed, but it is visible to the naked eye in daylight if you look for it. It was too faint to concern me when I wore the dress for my wedding. The drycleaners said they did not want to abrade the fabric by working on it too hard in that location.
- The bubble hem is both a blessing and a curse: the way it puffs, it is forgiving for wearers of differing heights and may require no hemming if you’re in the tall range, but it also drags more fabric when you walk. As a result, both cleanings did not get out all the stains from walking, although it is surprisingly clean! These are not in places that are visible when you wear the dress.
- One of the 5 bustle ties needs to be restrung. I did not repair it because I did not bustle the dress since I didn’t wear it to my reception.
I am asking $3495 OBO. Please message me for additional information, photos, and shipping/payment method.