How to find the vintage wedding dress of your dreams

The three dresses are torn from time, all the richer in that they carry with them the stories of their creators and all their past relationships, a bit like a great romantic partner. Although, to be honest, I never would have found them without Cronan’s help. If you are a bride looking for vintage, there are wedding stylists who can help you, among them above the moonfounded by Vogue.comis its own wedding editor, but also knowing where and how to look can open up the world of vintage bridal to all brides. Here’s how:

Start looking once you’re engaged

“Start the hunt as soon as you can,” says Brynn Jones, owner of Los Angeles’s Vintage Araldawho was recently called upon to outfit Maddy Perez’s (Alexa Demie) dream closet for this season of Euphoria. Jones suggests trying on dresses as soon as you’re engaged to ease the stress of a truncated timeline. She also recommends following a global wealth of online vintage accounts from Los Angeles to Paris. “The beauty of the internet is that if you see something that interests you, you can make the trip to try things out.” You can also contact your preferred resellers for assistance. “Make an appointment for a private consultation so you can discuss what you’re looking for and your vision and timeline,” says Brandon Veloria Giordano, co-owner of the New York beloved. James Veloria. If it’s not already in their archives, the more time you give a dealer, the more likely they’ll be able to find your dream piece. Blanchet of Mon Vintage recommends a window of three months to find a specific item. “It takes at least a few months, especially for sourcing,” says Blanchet. Beyond finding the right piece, it will also need to be the right size and color.

A Dior by John Galliano SS 02 dress at Aralda VintagePhoto: Courtesy of Aralda Vintage

Have an idea of ​​what you want and don’t want

You don’t have to start the process knowing exactly what piece, designer and era you’re looking for, but an idea of ​​your favorite silhouettes can help your vintage dealer point you in the right direction. Take a look in your own closet for reference. “If I know you like long and bias, we will offer you 30s pieces or Galliano dresses”, specifies Blanchet. “Or if I know you like trapeze, we’ll show you some 60s stuff.” Jones suggests visiting a contemporary bridal salon to help inform your direction and understand the impact a certain cut will have on white. “The more you try, the more you realize what makes you feel comfortable and confident,” she says. Even a unique inspirational moodboard or image can help your retailer find your perfect look. Years of working with vintage have helped them understand the eras and designers that will appeal to you, and who might have what you’re looking for. “If someone came in and said, ‘I’m looking for a Galliano 2000s bias-cut silk dress,’ or some other specific piece, I could contact a woman I know in Harlem or some place in Miami,” explains Giordano. .

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