Man, oh man, today’s CAI/GOI post may be the most challenging request we’ve had yet! Reader
“I need help. I’ve never seen a bridal gown that felt like the gown for me. I’m starting to lower my expectations to a gown that is slimming because there’s no way that I can afford my dream gown that’s rumored to be upwards of 40k, Is it possible to find it for my budget of 1,000?”
The dream gown in question is an incredibly unique design from Ashi Studio, based in Beirut. The gown features a number of structural elements, including a corset-like, off-the-shoulder, low-back top, and a high-low, bubble-like skirt with large-ruffled back and bold embroidered details. It’s crazy high fashion couture, and you’re right, Teneasha, Ashi gowns START at $40,000.
So to answer your question, could I find your dream gown for under $1,000? Well, no. The Ashi gown is so, so unique that there just isn’t anything exactly like it out there. Instead, what I am going to share with you is a broad selection of gowns that share certain elements of the Ashi gown. I’ve categorized them based on most prominent similar feature, including gowns with hip action, back details, embroidery, high-low skirts, and other sculptural-like qualities. Let’s face it, Ashi gowns are works of art … very expensive art. I hope with all of the options I’m giving you, Teneasha, that there are some gowns that speak to what you’re looking for. Let’s check them out!
Ashi Studio S/S 2015 #6, Ashi gowns range ~$40,000-$100,000
Gowns with hip swag
Oleg Cassini High Neck Satin Short Wedding Dress (Style: CRL661), $399.99 at David’s Bridal
LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Silk Wedding Dress with Beaded Detail (Style: CWG703), $899.99 at David’s Bridal
LIMITED EDITION Oleg Cassini Satin Wedding Dress with Beading (Style: CWG702), $949.99 at David’s Bridal
Truly Zac Posen Tank Bonded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341555), $949.99 at David’s Bridal
LIMITED EDITION White by Vera Wang Beaded Lace Wedding Dress (Style: VW351268), $999.99 at David’s Bridal
Wedding Dress (Style: nr1), $949.14 by Etsy seller AgnesMiraRosa
SAMPLE Organza and Tulle High-Low Gown with Beaded Flower (Style: AI26010039), $348.98 at David’s Bridal
FINAL SALE Truly Zac Posen Lace High Low Tank Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341412), $399.99 at David’s Bridal
Hi-low Style Ivory Lace Sweetheart Neckline Organza Wedding Dress, $229 by Etsy seller Valiantwang
The Exchanging of Wows Wedding Dress in White, $300 at ModCloth
allison parris Sugar Coat Dress, $70 rental at Rent the Runway
Brocade Hi-low Prom Dress by Camille La Vie (Style: 28440-57454Z), $190 at edressme
ML Monique Lhuillier One-Shoulder Metallic Ball Gown (Style: NMF17_TBJGT), $798 at Neiman Marcus
SAMPLE Mikado Gown with Ruffle Back (Style: AI10030248), $248.48 at David’s Bridal
Oleg Cassini Satin Cascading Detail Wedding Dress (Style: CPK650), $649.99 at David’s Bridal
SAMPLE Truly Zac Posen Strapless Satin Wedding Dress (Style: AI34010003), $998.48 at David’s Bridal
“Leila” cotton wedding dress, $840+ by Etsy seller VictoriaSpirina
Gowns with bold accents
SAMPLE Metallic Lace Ball Gown with Peek-a-Boo Back Panel (Style: AI14010369), $398.98 at David’s Bridal
NEW! Halter A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Appliques (Style: OP1276), $449.99 at David’s Bridal
Gowns with a sculptural feel
Truly Zac Posen Wedding Dress with Tank Bodice (Style: ZP341565), $549.99 at David’s Bridal
Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress (Style: ZP341564), $758+ at David’s Bridal
Issue New York Off The Shoulder Mesh Gown in Ivory (Style: 390590003), $279 at Bluefly
What do you think, Teneasha? These gowns may not be Ashi Couture, but they all have unique qualities that could make for your knock-out wedding gown. If these dresses still aren’t cutting it for you, you could also consult with a dressmaker directly. Provide them with examples of what you love and be clear on your budget, and they may be able to make something custom just for you! Good luck!
Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!
*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.