There are many terms in the wedding industry designed to relieve pain and add to the excitement when we part with our money. & # 39; Bespoke, "Sewing made" & # 39; and & # 39; Designer dress & # 39; are three of the most common.
Most of us probably have a pretty good idea of what they mean, but looking at what they do not want will help us come up with a more precise definition.
There are not many wedding boutiques that do not use the term "designer". somewhere in the description of the dress that they present to us. All the things we use in this life have a designer. Even a paper coffee cup had to be designed by someone. Try to convince the average buyer that the paper cup is a & designer & # 39; cup is worth ten times more than a plain paper cup and you could have problems.
Yet this is exactly what happens in the case of many "designers". the labels we see in our main streets as well as the designer wedding dresses we talked about first. The manufactured series dresses (and often designed) in the Far East are presented in this way. I do not know about you, but it seems to weaken the overall designer dress. ethos. Why pay more if it's only a serial clone?
So what makes it a real designer dress?
First of all, the design must have an exclusive element. Admittedly, high prices are in themselves a way to make a dress more exclusive, but there must be more than that.
What about the dresses that adorn the red carpets of Hollywood and the last parades? What makes them a designer dress?
The answer to this question is individuality. Most of these dresses were designed by a designer and then made by a small team of high-level seamstresses, who work on the measurements of the movie star or model.
It is often a "tailor made". dress in the true sense of the word, ie "one to one" & # 39; garment made for the individual.
The word & # 39; sewing & # 39; In recent years, this is a garment made to the highest standards by a seasoned designer and sewing team. Originally, the term could only be used in certain regions of France. Even today, the term "Haute Couture" can only be used to refer to ten current fashion houses based in Paris and three other fashion houses.
Is it possible to buy real bespoke designer wedding dresses in the UK? Yes of course, but you have to look for them. Many designers have, to some extent, exhausted inventory. to the huge factories of wedding dresses based in China, who can blame them?
In the wedding trade, it is quite usual for a designer wedding dress & # 39; to enter a Chinese design room, choose from a range of fabrics, bodice patterns, embroidery styles, sizes, and then leave them in place. The factory underwrites the fabric required for a reasonable number of dresses and identifies them for the "designer".
In all fairness to Chinese manufacturers, the quality is often excellent, but in the most complete sense of the term "sewing". they are not eligible and you will normally have an orderly dress roughly in the size of your dress which will then be modified to fit you. They are certainly not custom-made & # 39; dresses
To be sure that you are actually buying a custom wedding dress, even made by a respected designer, it is best to ask if it will be made in the very premises of the designer.
You should expect to visit the store or design studio on more than one occasion, as it is customary to measure a canvas (calico mockup) of the dress to ensure a perfect fit. At least two or three more visits will be needed.
Generally (although not always), if a dress is made when you arrive for your very first fitting, this is not the case, do not repeat a custom dress.
If you choose an existing style and ask for it at your size, it may be a bespoke and bespoke dress, but it's not a custom dress.
In conclusion, the easiest way to express the type of wedding dresses available to the British bride is to summarize the three basic groups: ready-to-wear wedding dresses (standing), tailor-made (often modified to your size) from an existing style), and bespoke wedding dresses (these are unique dresses made to fit you perfectly).
In the end, the most important thing is that you are happy with the dress you choose. Just be aware that some wedding boutiques claim that their dresses are what they are not.