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By admin on March 14th, 2006 2 comments

Monique"I saw this gorgeous designer gown from Monique Lhuillier but can’t afford the huge price tag. Help!"


Well, Geraldine, firstly you have absolutely excellent taste! This gown from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2005 collection may look simple but the refined elegance is all in the detail. The floor length dress itself is simple but overlaid with floaty lace with the neckline plunging into a deep vee and fastened in a halterneck. I particularly like the wide deep-pink ribbon with it’s jewelled clasp.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have also noticed the similarities in the neckline and ribbon detail to Pink’s wedding dress.

I wish I could tell you that I could find this dress in a bargain store but the only UK stockist is currently Browns Bride in London. However, I did the next best thing and came up with some dresses that are similar in style as well as the details of a huge wedding dress sale extravaganza this coming weekend!

GtlbluThe first dress I found is by Blu by Madeline Gardner, available from in the US. It hasa similar v-shaped halter neckline with a slim lace skirt and chapel length train. At a very reasonable $575 (with sizes 2-28) they will throw in a shawl too.

The second dress (below right) is by Ellis Bridals It is strapless with a gold lace embroidery and a slim gold ribbon detail under the bust. The price guide is £500-£750 Gtlellis

If you are in London on Fri 17th or Sat 18th March there is a bridal sale on, near Charing Cross tube, with dresses from £149. For those of you at the other end of the country, Glasgow’s dress sale is April 9th. Book your free tickets here.

Fancy customising a dress? VV Rouleaux have a fantastic range of mail order ribbon. 70mm wide ribbon comes in at £2 per metre. I suggest you pick around 3 or 4 metres so that you can have a double or triple layer with enough to gather up into a loose bow.

Swar_1A big swarovski crystal brooch like ‘Amarante’ (left) could be used as a centrepiece to secure the bow and will set you back £128 from Swarovski.

Also from Swarovski is the slightly less expensive, but equally gorgeous brooch ‘smoky’ (right) with various cuts of crystal at £69. Swar2

  • Ivo

    ¿¿¿Is this available in US in SALE????
    I visita US once a year. I am from Mexico.
    ¿What is the buget to get a Monique Lhuillier’s dress?

  • Yes I second that, is it available in the US? It is a lovely dress. What is the price tag?

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