Peak wedding season is approaching and I’m already wondering about the fate of all those gorgeous bridal gowns after the weddings. I love to repurpose beautiful fabrics and trims. So as all the busy brides decide between “Trash the Dress” parties or just storing the dresses for decades, please let me suggest some alternatives.
Of course a daughter might choose to wear her mother’s wedding dress, but it’s so rare that it sometimes makes the news. Styles change and a bride deserves a dress that flatters her.
My old friend Cindy and her daughter Aly came to me with Cindy’s wedding gown, circa 1979 and hand-made with love. We had several consultations and then I completely deconstructed the gown. We kept the essence of the original and added additional fabrics and laces so it became a new original wedding dress for beautiful Aly.
An easier option for repurposing a beautiful dress is to use portions of the original in the new dress, perhaps the lace or beading. A wedding gown also can be made into a christening gown and pillow that will create a wonderful heirloom.
An episode of Project Runway showed the repurposing a wedding gown for a client who had lost more than 100 pounds. I’m hollering at the TV, “Take it apart, dye the fabric and create something new and spectacular!”
So if a bride even considers trashing her dress, I hope she will consider taking scissors to it and giving it a wonderful new purpose.
Lillian Bates is the owner of Lillian By Design, 136 Front St. in Alton.