Friday, April 24, 2009

Looking "Haute" in Couture

Okay, like I said last time, I've had it with dress shopping and am looking into having someone make my simple dream dress. After doing some research, I found Kathryn Conover in New York magazine. She started out in fashion with a line of evening wear at Bergdorf's, then had a lower end line at Dillard's and now solely does custom bridal. She also specializes in lace and does pretty nice work. It can be seen at I called her up and she sounded great. She buys her materials from the same places at Vera and Monique and makes a muslin copy of the dress before she tackles the real one to get the shape perfect. I sent her my inspiration dresses and told her I liked: mermaid shapes, scoop, strapless necklines, lace, covered buttons and colored sashes. I did not like: empire waists, rouching, beading, sheath or ballgown shapes, asymmetry. After looking at my ideas, she said she could definitely do a dress under budget and made some suggestions of her own. Like adding some flower detailing. Here are my inspiration dresses. (NOT FOR MATT'S EYES.)

So what do you guys think? Should I go with an all-lace or some satin? I was thinking of a satin dress with lace at the top and bottom. Would a colored sash work with that or be too much? Should I add the flowers like she suggested? Let me know ASAP so I can share with Kathryn!


  1. i love the flowers! and i dont think i'd do a colored sash with lace and satin, but thats just me. i think lace and satin together are beautiful. and i lOVE the first dress in this entry!

  2. I agree with Libby. I love the flower detail.