Craftsmanship VS Knock-off

By Yejee Choi

Laure du Pavillon spoke about craftsmanship, Haute Couture, and renowned embroidery
atelier L’Ecole Lesage on Thursday, May 5th at Morgan Auditorium.

She briefly mentioned about the craftsmanship of wedding dress for Kate Middleton. She
looked really graceful, elegant and aristocratic, but also the wedding gown was really beautiful and appropriate for loyal family wedding.

Kate Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen, which is known for not only the respect for traditional workmanship, the beauty of its craftsmanship but also the technical construction of clothing. Miss Middleton wanted her dress to combine tradition as well as modernity that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. Kate worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress. She wanted a touch of modernity woven into the gown. I think that balance was perfectly achieved.

The lace applique for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of
Needlework. Individual flowers were hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto
ivory silk tulle to create the dress’ design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. The back of the dress was finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. Every thirty minutes they had to wash their hands in order to keep the gown clean. In order to keep their needles sharp, they were changed every thirty minutes.

According to the article, Only 5 hours after the wedding, knockoff wedding dress inspired by Kate’s wedding gown had been released. Also, it said that lot of wedding dress designers has been already preparing to bring out copies of Kate Middle’s wedding dress. Allen Schwartz, co-owner of A.B.S., which is known for pumping out copies of celebrity dresses started sketching as soon as the gown was revealed on TV, said his team arrived at 5:30 a.m. at his
Los Angeles showroom, ready to cut the pattern. The gowns, which will be produced in local factories, should be in department stores by late June. They will retail for $900.

Brides also can’t wait that long, David’s Bridal, the nation’s largest bridal chain, already are
selling on its website as an available stand-in as it scrambled to push out modified knockoffs of the real thing to stores. Also, even earrings (diamond drops) that Kate Middleton wore on wedding day can be pre-order. It will sell for under $50, and is created by Kenneth Jay Lane. It will be available to shoppers in two months.

Another versionis already available for pre-order at Nordstrom. The JS Collection
“Duchess” dress mimics Middleton’s dress, but also comes with at a budget-conscious price of $698.

However, Craftsmanship is something everyone can notice, and everyone can feel. Everyone can see the difference between quality and poor craftsmanship. We can touch and feel to
durability and usability, craftsmanship. It is very clearly apparent. The designs could be similar to the original pieces (quality craftsmanship), but there is no way to be exactly same. Design is subject to craftsmanship.

To quote one of the musicians “Craftsmanship is
a quality that some lack, You got to give people a reason for them to come back

I think that supporting craftsmen is really important. It is only way to insure that there
will be craftsmen in the future. Without craftsmen, the idea of quality will fade.


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