Designing the Perfect Ball Gown

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August 11, 2010

It’s that time of year again folks.  The big social event of the year is just around the corner – The Annual Marine Corps Ball!  Last year, as you may remember, I was forced to choose between getting a new chaise and having a gown designed for the ball.  Thankfully, there are no such decisions to be made this year and I am only left to ponder what dream dress awaits me…

I have yet to go through this process (shocking that I held out a year, I know!) but I’m told that you must start 3-4 months in advance if you want to get your dress by November because there’s really one dressmaker that does all the dresses for the ball (he’s the expat favorite).  I plan to meet with him in August, but I need to find my ideal design first.

One of the designers that’s really standing out for me is Luly Yang, an up-and-coming couture designer out of Seattle.  I recently saw pictures of her famous butterfly dress floating around on Facebook and decided to look her up.  She’s a strong contender.  I’m also taking suggestions as to other favorite designers that I could ‘knock-off’.  For you fashionistas out there, feel free and share some of your favorite names or links to images you like.

And fear not, I’ll definitely keep you posted on the progress of this….. because I know you’re interested!  :)

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  1. elise says:

    personally i think this dress rocks the casba! :) it is all you! (then i’ll take it as a hand-me-down ;)

  2. C says:

    Here’s a fun site I found…I kind of liked the blue one, 2nd down on the page. Maybe not exactly as shown, but I thought the flowing skirt was super neat!

  3. sarahlynn60 says:

    I know, I seriously love it, but I don’t think he’d be able to do it… too complex. I need something a bit simpler, but with the same amount of personality!

  4. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Prommer- I appreciate the assistance!

  5. Nicol says:

    I love that dress even if he couldn’t copy it exactly the style of it is gorgeous! Is the ball something held at all FS post or just in the Philippines?

  6. sarahlynn60 says:

    Great news, every post holds one!!!!

  7. John says:

    you don’t want to get a local designer? it won’t take months, I guess :)

  8. sarahlynn60 says:

    I’m open to anything… I just know I need to have some idea of what I’m looking for!

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