Paloma Blanca, 4705 blouse, Size 10
US$1,130 • Save 49%
- Retail price NZ$3,500
- 49% discount -NZ$1,705
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- Total NZ$1,795
I purchased my dress in September 2017 from The White Magnolia salon in Tampa, FL to wear at my February 2018 wedding in New Zealand. I had my heart set on a lace blouse and tulle skirt, and when the perfect dress didn't seem to exist, the clever assistant at the bridal salon produced two separate pieces to fit the bill-- a gorgeous French alencon lace blouse by Paloma Blanca (style 4705 top only) and a buttery soft tulle skirt by Willowby (style 55612 Amora skirt).
I had the design geniuses at Meg's Tailoring in Newmarket, Auckland combine the two pieces to make one totally unique, perfect dress. The design preserved the blouse's original scalloped edging at the hem, but the two pieces are completely joined. The tailor's design also incorporated a sneaky little loop on the skirt (hidden) so that I could tie up the long tulle skirt for dancing.
The blouse features Swarovski crystal buttons on the back and a scalloped v-neck on both sides. The blouse has an ivory-coloured, sweetheart-cut satin lining in the front, and is sheer in the back. The skirt is made of that really beautifully soft tulle that you know is quality when you feel it. I'm no bridal gown connoisseur, but when the tailor held the tulle in her hands, she said, "oooo my, this is the good stuff."
The Willowby skirt is size 10 and the style, while not a full-looking skirt, is gloriously forgiving. I felt like the gown hid a multitude of carb sins in the tummy area.
The Paloma Blanca blouse is actually a size 14, but I had it taken in at the sides. I wear size C-cup bras and small to medium blouses (size 6US/ 10NZ), so please do not take that size 14 at face value. There would be a smidge of room if your bust is slightly larger than a C-cup, but not heaps of room. The blouse has some support-- enough for me to wear it without a bra on the day.
I have original receipts for purchase, tailoring and dry cleaning if you care about that sort of thing.
I purchased both pieces of the gown together from the same salon for USD$2400/NZD$3500. Hopefully the buyer won't need to do a lot of tailoring, because that set me back another NZD$900.
In the end, I adored my dress and I'm so happy with how well it photographed and served me during the day. There wasn't a single moment when I thought "wow, I'm uncomfortable in this dress" and I think that goes a long way with bridal gowns these days. If you want to look AND feel amazing, this is the dress for you.
I'm 5'3" and wore flat sandals with the dress after hemming. This is probably a petit gal's dream dress.
The tailor talked me into trimming the sleeve width just a tad and I agree it was a great result-- somehow made the blouse seem more delicate and feminine.
There is a small three-quarter inch hole in the tulle in the back of the skirt-- completely invisible while worn. The French alencon lace is perfect. The dress is in excellent condition and has been professionally cleaned by Regal Drycleaners in Newmarket.
- Condition: Used
- Dry Cleaned: Yes
- Color: Ivory
- Fabric: Lace
- Year: 2017
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