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Suzanne Harward, The Blake, Size 10

US$770 • Save 84%

  • Retail price NZ$7,500
  • 84% discount -NZ$6,300
  • Shipping
  • TotalNZ$1,200

Size

Label: NZ 12
Approx US 8
Street: NZ 10
Approx US 6
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  • Fit & Flare
  • High Neck
  • Keyhole Back
  • Sleeveless
  • Floor Length

Designer

Style: The Blake

The Story

'The Blake' size 12 - selling for $1,200 NZD.

This couture wedding dress was designed and handmade by Suzanne Harward — an exclusive Australian fashion-forward bridal label. This dress is from her 'Neo-Victorian' collection.

This dress is so elegant, modern and extremely comfortable. The main fabric is a gorgeous Italian linen, and it's lined with silk.

It has a small train that can be bustled for the reception and also has a wrist ribbon to carry on your wrist/finger to protect it from the ground after the ceremony. You can see this in the photo of me and my husband walking along the path.

HISTORY:

I bought this dress directly from the Suzanne Harward shop in Melbourne.

This dress retailed new for around $7,000 AUD.

I had the hem slightly taken up and the bust slightly taken. See 'sizing' below for details of the length / bust fit.

I wore it once for my wedding in February 2017 and it's now in great second-hand condition.


CONDITION:

The dress has been professionally dry cleaned in the week following my Feburary 2017 wedding, and comes with the original Suzanne Harward bag.

(I should point out that it only cost $80 NZD to dry clean and press at Mall Dry Cleaning in Wellington — much cheaper than it usually costs for wedding dresses because of its minimalist linen nature — but because it's linen you would need to dry clean, or at least press, the dress just before your wedding anyway.)

There are some very small stains at the hem. However, due to the natural, thick texture of the linen, these aren't as obvious as they might be on a different dress.

The bustle function of the interior of the dress is missing a ribbon. Fixing it requires the addition of one ribbon and would be a very simple job for a tailor. And this would only be necessary if you actually want to use the bustle function. I only used this for the five minutes of our first dance. The rest of the day I used the wrist ribbon (as mentioned above).


SIZING:

The dress is a Size 12 according to Suzanne Harward. However I'd classify myself more as a size 10 who wears size 11 jeans.

My measurements:

Bust: 88cm (I wear a 10D or 12D in most Australasian bra brands, (athough I'm a 10DD or 10E in Elle Macpherson / Heidi Klum underwear if you're familiar with that brand)
Waist: 70cm
High Hip: 89cm (i.e. measurement around my body in line with my hip bones)
Seat: 100cm (i.e. fullest part of bottom)
Height: 173cm

See the Suzanne Harward size calculator http://suzanneharward.com/size-guide/ for reference.

My measurements line up fairly well with what she calls a size 12. However I do have a larger seat than she lists for a size 12. Her chart says that a size 12 is a 96cm seat. My seat is 100cm. The Blake fit me perfectly around the seat, with no alterations. So do bear that in mind if you carry your weight on the bum like I do - this dress may fit you better than you think!

The dress is nice and long and measures approx. 120cm from the belt to the front hem. Due to the high-waisted style, the easier way to think about it is that I am 173cm and wore 10cm heels on the day. So unless you're planning to be more than 183cm in heels on your wedding day, you'll be able to make this work for your height.

It's a fitted silhouette in linen, so it doesn't have much 'give'.


PHOTOS:

The photos in this listing are from my own wedding in Feburary 2017 near Wellington, New Zealand.

One of the photos is a screenshot from the Suzanne Harward website. This is simply to show how it appeared on the site, as it's no longer listed there as she does a new collection each season.


OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:

The dress is incredibly comfortable - I included movement photos in this listing to try to illustrate that. You don't even need to wear a bra, thanks to the luxurious weight of the fabric and the beautiful cut. In the end I wore one of those thin silicon clip-at-the-front bras, but I easily could have done without it.


I'm happy to send detailed photos of the dress or to Skype in daylight for you to see the dress. I didn't include those kinds of photos here as I thought it was better to show photos of how it looked on the day.


Please get in touch if you would like to know more. Happy for you to try on the dress if you are seriously interested.

Catherine

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Details

  • Condition: Used
  • Dry Cleaned: Yes
  • Color: White
  • Year: 2015

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Suzanne Harward, The Blake, Size 10

US$770 • Save 84%

  • Retail price NZ$7,500
  • 84% discount -NZ$6,300
  • Shipping
  • TotalNZ$1,200
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