(Closed) Vintage Piccione dress goodness…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

love your dress, love your choice, and — oh my lawrd, wow, that fabulous neckline! that is a parisian karl lagerfeld-loves-antique-lace neckline! it’s what makes this dress more than just your garden-variety same-old dress. it’s very chic! (the keyhole back is also very now: monique lhuillier, of course, brought those back a couple of years ago, and it still looks very fresh.)

so my first vote is: keep the collar.

but, what’s more important is: are you comfortable with the neckline? if yes, keep it keep it keep it! but if it makes you feel a bit too-too much, you could remove the collar but retain the graceful swoop shape of the back and front bodice beneath. i would NOT toy with the shape of the underlying bodice. it’s too chic. and it’s, again, what makes this not-your-generic-blah “today” dress.

if you are still feeling the whole thing is a bit too strong a statement for you, or you’re uncomfortable with the cap-style veil, i’d consider transforming the veil/cap into a more current style. you could re-purpose that lace and use it on a mantilla style veil gathered to a comb, for instance…? or just go for a simple illusion veil, without any lace at all (might be the most modern solution). or a simple illusion veil with just the pearls off the old headpiece/cap? (i don’t think this is a fascinator-birdcage opportunity, because i don’t think that would be right w/your cool gown).

i wouldn’t make this into a mermaid-y shape. the shape is very graceful, and flattering, on you!

(yeah, can you tell — i work in fashion.)

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well I definitely don’t work in fashion…but just wanted to tell you how wonderful your gown is AND FOR $20!!!!!!! I can’t believe it! My future sister in laws were just trying on my future mother in law’s wedding gown and it reminds me a lot of your gown. She wore hers in the late 70s I think.

I really like the look of the collar and love the back of the dress! I wouldn’t add buttons down the back, I’m not sure it would suit the style of the dress and go with the lace.

I think an overbustle would look great because you could get the lace at the bottom to line up and it would really complete the dress 🙂 As for the head piece…not so sure….my first thought is that it is pretty dated, but then again, I’m not fashion forward 🙂

Post # 6
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow! The dress is beautiful. Can’t believe you got it for $20! You could take the extra lace and make a sort of loose shrug. i saw this on a Pettibone dress the other day. I think an over bustle would show off the lace best.

Post # 8
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

LEAVE THE NECKLINE AND COLLAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And make it a trumpet. I think that you have a nice shape and emphasizing it will make the dress more flattering.  Cover the ragged sleeve edges with lace and that’s it! That is an amazing find. 

Post # 9
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I love the back, so the collar MUST stay (well, in my opinion, which doesn’t matter, cuase it is what YOU like that matters) but I agree that maybe taking the front down to the lining would make it more feminine (and maybe a little sexier, while still being demure and classic). Seriously, other than that (and obviously finishing up the sleeves) I say leave it as is. It is GORGEOUS!

and for the veil, I think we need a pic of it on to make an informed determination (that is really just my way to ask for a pic of it on, cause it looks fabulous!)

Post # 10
1490 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Keep the collar! Please keep the collar – I love it so much and am having serious dress envy right now. As for the headpiece, I don’t know. What does it look like on you? Buttons would be nice and maybe add to the elegant vintage vibe? I don’t think they’re strictly necessary though. I’d keep the silhouette instead of making it a trumpet. The proportions of the dress are just so gorgeous as they stand now. Over or under bustle? I’d go either way. I think the dress is really versatile and you’ve got lots of options. 

Post # 11
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Gorgeous dress! I did something similar, removing the sleeves from a vintage dress.

I guess I’m in the minority here, but I think the collar is just a little too high. I love the neckline detail and the back keyhole, but I personally would trim the collar just a little bit so it didn’t hit quite so high on the neck. (I get a weird Fonzy thing from it. But, of course that’s just me.) Since it is all lace, I think you could easily trim it however you liked following the lace pattern and then hand stitch the edge. On the other hand, I don’t know how easy it would be to give the dress a mermaid shape, but then I’m not a real seamstress.

Love the headdress, too! I would definitely use it somehow! If you don’t like it as is, I think a headband could be a very modern chic way to go!

Good luck and have fun with it!

Post # 12
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

WOW – That dress is amazing!  I do think it would look nice if you brought the lace in the front and the back down to the sheath.  Either way, it’s fabulous!  I can’t wait to see what it when you’re done!

Post # 13
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That is so gorgeous, you look so glamorous!  What a great find, the only vintage weddding dresses I ever stumble across are bad 80s!

Post # 15
34 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t change a thing! Beautiful dress!

Post # 16
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow! What an awesome find!

1. Neckline should be as is, or like the white dress in the other photo? Or even like my sister wants-an open scoop neck front and back which would eliminate the collar completely? I love the neckline like that! Its so elegant!

2. Gather in the hip area to create more of a trumpet shape? I can’t tell from the pictures. You need to pin it into a trumpet shape and work out how the lace will hang. It looks beautiful as it is though.

3. Over or under bustle? I am too early in my dress shopping to know the [email protected]

4. Is that head piece fab or too dated? I can’t tell. I think it might look cool as it is like a mantilla. If you don’t like mantillas, then don’t wear it.

5. Buttons down the back? Heck yeah! I love buttons. But only if you can do buttons that would hide the zip.

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