Allison Blake Custom Made

US$1,490 • Save 70%

  • £4,000
  • -£2,800
  • £1,200 Total in GBP

Size

Label: UK 14
Approx (US 10)
Street: UK 14
Approx (US 10)

Measurements

Height 5'4" with shoes
Bust 38"
Waist 27½"
Hips 35¼"

Designer

Allison Blake
Designer label is present
Custom Made

  • Ballgown
  • Sweetheart
  • Mid Back
  • Long Sleeve
  • Floor Length

The Dress

I would like to give a bride the opportunity to feel as incredible as I did in this amazing, totally unique bespoke gown. It was actually made by the then very famous bridal designer Allison Blake herself, not one of her workers, and I remember driving to South London for several fittings with the lady herself, who was absolutely wonderful. The dress cost over £4,000 back in 1992 so I dread to think how much it would be now! I am quite short (5ft 3in in bare feet) and busty so never had any confidence in shopping. I could never have gone to the ordinary shops of the day as they would just have one sample size 10 of each dress - nowadays there is SO much more choice! I fell in love with Allison's designs which frequently featured in the wedding magazines of the day due to the incredible attention to detail in each gown. I chose a bodice style, a skirt style, a sleeve style and a train style as well as completely unique embroidery. I got married at Harvest Festival time in Devon with the church decorated with stooks of corn - hence the ears of corn detail on the dress - as well as the stunning teardrop-shaped train, with weights underneath to enable it to move fluidly. The train has actually been stored in a glass case so is absolutely pristine, however, the dress was cleaned immediately after the wedding and has been stored in my mum's loft ever since in acidulated tissue and two boxes. Mum has moved so I have it back again and there are some very minor flaws evident on the dress that look like very pale rust but cannot be as the boxes were bone dry. I took the dress to a local dry cleaner who said his chemicals would ruin the pearls so I did not bother with him. However, he said a specialist dry cleaner could sort it out easily though. There is also a short veil edged with scalloped lace and tiny pearls scattered across it. I have no children so am not able to pass it down but would be honoured and thrilled for another bride to feel as I did that day. I truly felt beautiful and that the dress reflected me as well as the detail that had gone into both the dress and the wedding in general. Because the dress is not 'off the peg', I can remember so many people being awe-struck at the detail on the dress. Although it was almost 32 years ago, I hope this has summed it up well.

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Details

  • Condition: Used - Minor flaws or wear
  • Dry Cleaned: Yes
  • Color family: Ivory
  • Fabric: Silk Dupioni
  • Year: 1992

Seller Vanessa

  • United Kingdom
  • Email verified
  • Last active 1 week ago

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Allison Blake Custom Made

US$1,490 • Save 70%

  • £4,000
  • -£2,800
  • £1,200 Total in GBP
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