Custom Gown

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Custom Design by Angel

As an designer and artist, I enjoy creating original designs for unique wedding gowns, rather than copying the work of others. Not only that, but since it is nearly impossible to replicate a gown exactly, this would just set us both up for frustration. However, I am open to drawing inspiration from other gowns, so if you see something you like and want to incorporate into your gown, by all means bring in a photo.

Benefits of custom gown?

Having a custom wedding gown made can be an incredibly fun and rewarding process. If you have a vision for something original and creative, the sky is the limit! Also, unlike purchasing a generic pre-made gown, it will be tailored to fit and flatter your body. Most importantly, a custom gown is designed to be an expression of who you are and make your true beauty shine through. Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, so make it a work of art!

How long does it take?

The timeframe depends upon my availability and your wedding date. I prefer to plan to complete the dress at least two months prior to your wedding date so that we have plenty of time if there are any adjustments that need to be made. The process generally takes about four months. If you need a custom dress is a shorter time frame please call me at 703-838-9797.

How much does it cost?

That entirely depends on the dress. The type of materials used and the complexity of the design are the determining factors. I work in a variety of styles ranging from understated simplicity to decadently detailed elegance, and prices range from $1000 – $8000. Having a custom gown made may be more expensive than buying something off the rack because there is a lot of time involved in developing the design and pattern. However, it is well worth it to get exactly what you want. I do my best to work with each bride's budget, so let me know what you have in mind!

Change of mind?

I have found that creating a bridal gown is a sort of evolutionary process, so I am fairly flexible to making changes to the design as we go along. However, if you change your mind about something after I have already made the dress that requires purchasing additional fabric or redoing something, we may have to negotiate some additional charges in order to compensate me for extra time and materials.

What part do I play?

I see the process of designing a wedding gown it as a collaborative effort between myself and the bride, in which my job is to develop what the bride envisions into a reality. You can have as much or as little involvement as you want. Some brides have a very specific idea of what they want and bring me photos or sketches, and I will guide them with suggestions as to what will work and the best materials to use, options for variations, etc. Other brides just have a general concept of what they want and I will work up several designs and send them several sketches from which to choose from or combine different elements. Either way, be prepared to be involved in the decision making process, because that, after all, is the whole point of having a custom made gown.

What are the drawbacks?

Having a custom gown made is not for everyone. It requires a certain degree of faith, flexibility, and open-mindedness. Faith, because you don’t get to try it on first, so you have to believe in the design you have envisioned and trust me to make it a reality. Flexibility, because designing a gown is an evolving process and we may have to make adjustments to the design along the way as we see what will work best to achieve the desired result. Open mindedness because if you have a very rigid idea of what you want, it may limit the creative potential.