Sunday 22 October 2017

We recreate Kim's (surprisingly) understated dress for just €120

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian walk down the aisle
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian walk down the aisle
Gillian Fitzpatrick in the recreated dress
Designer: Kim's dress

Gillian Fitzpatrick

The Givenchy wedding dress Kim Kardashian wore for her nuptials to Kanye West seems to have taken fashion observers by surprise. Because those expecting a gaudy, outlandish number were sorely disappointed by the classic, rather understated style embraced by the reality TV star.

Designed by Riccardo Tisci, it is said to have cost some €365,000, but here, we recreate the look for less: a lot less. Just €120, in fact.

Using an €8 lace, long-sleeved top from Dublin's Soho Market, a €4 belt from Dunnes and a silk jersey top, €18 and also Dunnes, the upper part of the dress is completed reasonably convincingly.

For the lower segment, generous layers of white lace – the material was a net-curtain in a previous life – cost just €3 from a branch of St Vincent de Paul.

A dramatic cathedral-length white veil on sale for €85 in the Oxfam bridal boutique completes the look for less than €120. What a saving.

Mind you, it's not entirely straightforward to move wrapped in a net-curtain – certainly the bride would have to take it easy on the dance-floor – and up close the creation's, ahem, budget-friendly price-tag is wholly apparent.

So while yes, Mr Tisci would surely be proud, we recommend those brides-in-waiting with just €120 in their pockets stick to the Oxfam Bridal boutique instead.

Irish Independent

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