Would sell kidney for wedding dress like this one:
September 30, 2010 9:46 AM   Subscribe

This dress is absolutely stunning, but it appears to have gone 'out of print' a few years ago at J.Crew. Does anyone know of a similar one anywhere out in the cosmos? I'm aiming for a size 4, 6 or 8.
posted by ninotchka to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This is sure to be an unhelpful answer, but I'm going for it anyway: This looks like a relatively simple design for a wedding dress. Would you consider having it made (by someone on Etsy or a local seamstress)?
posted by alleycat01 at 10:01 AM on September 30, 2010

I feel like I recently saw it on an episode of "Say Yes to the Dress" which is filmed at Kleinfeld's in NYC. They kept talking about it as the "pockets" dress. However the price range might quite different..
posted by raccoon409 at 10:01 AM on September 30, 2010

Have you tried the eBay Want it Now thing? While it doesn't seem to've been sold recently, loads and loads of "NWT" J. Crew from previous seasons shows up on eBay.

The blog J. Crew Aficionada has a weekly "wanted" posting where you could mention it and hope to be hooked up.
posted by kmennie at 10:02 AM on September 30, 2010

According to this article about Millard ("Mickey") Drexler, CEO of J.Crew, the man answers ALL of his email from customers. Worth a try? If you like something and they don't make it anymore, he wants to know. Good luck!

P.S. I agree; it is a beautiful dress.
posted by emhutchinson at 10:03 AM on September 30, 2010

I think places like OliviaLuca will copy dresses. If you poke around on IndieBride there are others discussing jcrew wedding dresses and similar options there too.
posted by barnone at 10:12 AM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]

This person writes about getting another JCrew dress made for her. She uses Louise Powers.
posted by barnone at 10:16 AM on September 30, 2010

Here is a description of the dress pictured:

Matelasse Cassia Gown
Item: 90768
Color: Vintage Ivory
Retail: $795
J. Crew Description: Italian cotton. Beautifully sculpted in cleanly textured matelassé from a luxury mill that supplies the best couture houses. Sleeveless silhouette. Fitted bodice, full skirt with allover box pleats. Scoopneck front and back. Natural waist seam. On-seam pockets. Side zip. Fully lined. Falls to floor; 45" from natural waist. Part of the J.Crew Collection. Import. Dry clean. Specially packaged in a custom-made box to ensure your gown is always as beautiful as the first day you wore it. Catalog/jcrew.com only.

You could also call J. Crew's Bridal Boutique (wedding FAQ)--looks like the wedding specialists' number is 800 205 3877. Looks like this was the original link, but the Wayback Machine seems unhappy today. If there are other views, perhaps you could show these to a seamstress?
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:25 AM on September 30, 2010

I just bought a used discontinued J Crew wedding dress online. You can search sites like oncewed or preownedweddingdresses.com, but this dress is probably pretty hard to find and these sites require constant checking.

I found mine through a thread about J Crew wedding dresses on indiebride.com. I posted a request for a discontinued dress and didn't hear back for 7 months, but it was totally worth the wait. I also posted requests for my dress on discussion boards on marthastewartweddings.com and weddingbee.com, but didn't have any luck with these. I'd try the indiebride discussion board. The original post is old, but there are new replies all the time.

posted by Mrs.Spiffy at 10:32 AM on September 30, 2010

it's a super simple design. i third having it custom made for you.
posted by violetk at 10:54 AM on September 30, 2010

That is a very simple design. There was a similar one made for little girls that I've seen. A tailor could easily copy the design with no trouble and for a lot less than it would be sold from a place like JCrew.
posted by anniecat at 3:07 PM on September 30, 2010

Also, if you're thinking "There's no way I can afford to have this made for me," please surf the boards for your locale on indiebride for dressmaker recommendations; my partner's wedding dress - tailor made for her - cost less (fabric and labor) than the suit I bought off the rack.
posted by rtha at 3:36 PM on September 30, 2010

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