Galia Lahav Holly - GALA's FW 2023 Collection

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  • US$11,560
  • -US$2,565
  • US$8,995 Total in USD

Size

Label: EU 38
Approx (US 8)
Street: US 2

Measurements

Height 5'10" with shoes
Bust 32½"
Waist 26"
Hips 36"

Designer

Galia Lahav
Designer label is present
Holly - GALA's FW 2023 Collection

  • A-Line
  • Sweetheart
  • Low Back
  • Strapless
  • Floor Length

The Dress

This. Dress. Is. Absolutely. Incredible. Our guests couldn't stop raving about it. This dress really stole the show.

https://www.galialahav.com/bridal/gala/darling/holly
Color Family: Ivory + Nude

HOLLY | A LINE SIDE SLIT CORSET WEDDING GOWN
Whimsical A line dress showing off a side slit and a corset top made of a delicate embroidered lace emphasized by a shimmering organza lining.

Press Release - Galia Lahav Debuts Darling, GALA’s FW23 Collection
Galia Lahav’s GALA bridal line premieres their new collection, Darling. Inspired by the bold, young actresses—coined Hollywood darlings—who became icons we still love today like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, the collection is full of glamour with a fun and flirty touch.

DARLING
The newest GALA collection, Darling, was designed for the free-spirited bride, inspired by young professionals and joys of the city living with a glamorous twist. Every dress in the collection speaks to our authentic approach to creating gorgeous gowns for our beautiful brides.

I could also include the Galia Lahav - Cathedral Raw Edge Veil.

I will also include the pink Galia Lahav garment bag that the dress was delivered in.

Notes:
I am 5'4.75" tall.
I wore Ryder 95 Platform Sandal by Stuart Weitzman chunky platform towering block heels, which were 5.5 inches. This is why I put "Height with Shoes" as 5'10"
For reference, and because you see him in the photos, my husband is 6'2" and his shoe likely gave him a 1-2 inch lift beyond 6'2".

I am currently based in Hillsborough, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and would be willing to either FaceTime and show the dress, send video for any specific questions, or show the dress in person if you happened to be local.

The dress has been professionally cleaned (It cost $650 to clean, at the well known Bay Area establishment, Crystal Cleaning Center - https://www.crystalcleaningcenter.com/) and it looks even better than BRAND new. The only part that ever touched the ground is the very bottom of the dress/the train, and they did an impeccable job cleaning it, you'd really have no idea that this dress was ever worn. See the attached video, where we zoom into the bottom of the dress. I also have a photo of the receipt from Crystal Cleaning Center, but Still White only let me upload 8 photos. I can send that photo separately if you'd like!

I purchased this dress in early 2023 directly from the Flagship Los Angeles Galia Lahav store. It took them about 6 months to build/produce and deliver to me from the day I ordered it. Our wedding date was September 3rd, 2023. I was lucky that the sample size fit me almost perfectly, and needed VERY minimal alterations in terms of the fit. It was mostly about the length. (see alterations description below)

Because the HOLLY is from the 2023 line, the dress is still in the Galia Lahav retailer locations/showrooms to try on. You'll see that the corset is INCREDIBLY flattering - I swear it made me look 5x more in shape than I am! It is also comfortable. Nothing was ever digging in, and I never felt like I wanted to take the dress off! I also wanted to include that photo of me sitting on the blue couch - the slit makes it incredibly easy and comfortable it is to sit in, and to dance in. I tried on some mermaid style dresses, and I was thinking about how hard it would be to navigate the day with such physical restriction. Not only that, the slit kept me from ever getting too warm. I also loved seeing some leg in the photos, instead of sort of forgetting you have legs at all when you're in a gown without a slit.

The flagship locations are Los Angeles, NYC, Miami, and Tel Aviv. I double checked, and each of these flagship Galia Lahav retailers will for sure have this dress for you to try on.

There are other boutiques that carry GL and could potentially carry this dress, but you'd need to call to make sure they have this exact dress: https://www.galialahav.com/boutiques

Something I wanted to share - The woman who did my alterations has been doing this for her entire career (40+ years) - she has worked on hundreds of gorgeous wedding gowns throughout her life. She said that she has never come across a wedding dress that is better quality or was as well made. The attention to detail and handmade craftsmanship truly WOWed her, and I could tell she wasn't just saying this for my benefit. She was truly speaking as a professional who was blown away. I asked her to estimate how much this dress cost, and she estimated over $25,000.00 - simply due to the immaculate hand-made quality. This felt worth mentioning, in case you were on the fence. I also think this will help the dress retain value so that if you wanted to turn around and resell after your wedding, I think you could likely sell for most of what you purchased for.

For me, personally... on my wedding day, I felt like a million bucks in this dress.

Alterations

Altered by Galia Lahav in production:
-Closed slit by 5cm - I felt the slit was slightly too revealing. This can be opened up again very easily, but I thought this was a very good adjustment
- Removing the "Bra Fabric" from the center of the corset top / removed built in bra from bodice - I didn't like that the two cups were connected by what looked like a bra. I had Galia Lahav professionally remove the entire thing in production, and then add back the cups individually
Note: this is a change that the Galia Lahav specialist in the store told me is commonly requested. Without the change, it really looks like a regular bra. With the change, it looks like intentional design. It makes a big difference in the elegance. See attached photos.

Altered by an absolutely incredible tailor in San Francisco:
-bra push up cups sewn in (easily removable but I think most people would appreciate this being kept in!)
-waist very slightly pinched in
-gown length: floor length hem in front, longer for the train in the back. This is the biggest change made to the dress, as the original has a very large train in case someone wanted the full drama effect. See photos for length for me in my 5.5 inch heels
-cathedral veil: floor length hem

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Details

  • Condition: Used - No flaws or wear
  • Dry Cleaned: Yes
  • Color family: Ivory
  • Fabric: Organza
  • Year: 2023

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  • Hillsborough, California, United States
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Galia Lahav Holly - GALA's FW 2023 Collection

US$8,995 • Save 22%

  • US$11,560
  • -US$2,565
  • US$8,995 Total in USD
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