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What’s new in 2008 at Alisa Benay

Christmas season is in full swing around here. I had a stomach bug right after Thanksgiving that had me down for a bit & I feel like I’m a little late in the game to be finally getting into the Christmas spirit. I think I’ve already missed all the cookie exchange parties. Oh well, I’m sure Christmas cookies aren’t really on my Jenny Craig list. (16 lbs & counting, btw)

My episode of Get Married will re-air on January 4th, so mark your calendars (& set your tivo if your on Mountain time…5:30 is really a bit early!) This time around we’re doing a full on media campaign to coordinate with the airing. The first time it aired we were still doing a bit of behind the scenes scrambling work to get the new website up & running & just didn’t have time to get the press kit out. It actually aired a second time the day after Thanksgiving and I didn’t even know it until a week later.

Also in conjunction with the January airing, you’ll find some interesting changes to the website. Here’s a few:

*My 40% discount will go away after the New Year rolls around (get it while the gettin’s good, ladies!), but I will have a new prices that will tickle you pink (or yellow, or blue, or maybe even white!).

*Gown give aways. Yes, you heard me right. Free gowns. I’m going to be starting a montly newsletter with the following information:

-Twice a year I’ll be giving away a $5000 gift certificate.  There will be details in the newsletter.

-Discount of the month. The first person each month to make a payment (deposit or full payment) will receive the discount mentioned in that month’s newsletter. It’ll change every month & I’ll only give out one, so you’ll have to watch closely!

-Updates about my gowns. New gowns, new fabrics, places I’ll be showing (yes, I do plan to hit the road a bit in ’08)

-Fun & funky, off the beaten track, or vintage inspired tips, trends, gifts, favors or other ideas I’ve run across.

– Information about other indie designers in ready to wear. Because indie design is the wave of the future. And you’ll need something to wear after the wedding. 🙂
*SWATCH KITS!!!! I know you’ve been waiting patiently & they’ll be available in January. Each kit will contain the primary fabric (i.e. rose embroidered dupioni) and all the coordinating fabrics and lacing ribbon colors as well. They’re super cute & come in a clear designer gift box all wrapped up with a pretty little ribbon. Each one will be about $30 & you can apply that amount to your future purchases.

*Archival boxes. I haven’t mentioned this as of yet, but I’ve just secured a supplier. When you order a full gown (as opposed to just ordering a corset), I’ll ship your gown to you in a museum quality archival storage box. These boxes are great b/c you don’t have to have your gown sealed to where you can’t get into in the future. You can have access to your gown any time you want. I would love to see pictures of my bride wearing her corset on her first anniversary date!

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Isn’t that a beautiful box?

*Three new dresses. Amelia, Gillian, and Penelope will make their debut in early ’08. I know, I know…I promised January. I’m thinking it’s looking more like early March at this point. Sorry, girls, really I am. I’m just as excited as you are to see them making their way out there in the world, but they’ve got to be just right first. These gowns have more detailing in them & I want to get it perfect before I put them out there. I’m also going back & making a few minor changes to the first three & I want to have all 6 ready for a 2nd photo shoot at the same time. Don’t worry, they’re only little things… Like I want the sweep of the full ball gown skirt to be a little fuller in back. See, just little things. The first photo shoot took 5 people & 4 hours just to get 3 dresses shot, so I’m heading for an all day shoot with 2 models for the second shoot. It’ll have to be indoors. March is our snowiest month out here. So if you know of any victorian looking homes here in the Springs, feel free to let me know.

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A New Beginning

If you are reading this today, you have most likely just come from my homepage after seeing my debut on Get Married. Welcome. I hope you’ve had a fun time looking through my corsets and gowns. I’ve had such an exciting time creating this line & I hope that you love it as much as I do.

The line doesn’t officially launch until Spring 2008, so you may feel that there are some things missing. There are. The first collection is named the Rose Collection both because of the beautiful roses that adorn the embroidered fabric and in honor of my great grandmother Rose, who instilled in me a life long love of creating beautiful garments. The Rose collection will eventually have 6 looks. 6 corsets. 6 full length skirts. 3 jackets (in a short sleeve, a 3/4 length sleeve, and a full length sleeve), 3 bustles, and 2-3 cocktail skirts. Scroll down through my past entries on this blog & you’ll find some sketches of the 3 remaining gowns: Amelia, Gillian (which was changed from ‘Victoria’), and Penelope. The cocktail skirts are a neat concept. My gowns don’t necessarily have to be worn just for your wedding day. They’re great for any event you need to dress up. Or just try wearing the corset with jeans for a great ‘night on the town’ outfit. You’re husband will love it. Ask me how I know. Another concept I’m going to be promoting is taking your gown out of storage and wearing it for your first anniversary.

I was planning to launch the line at Denver Fashion Week 2008, but can’t seem to find any further information about the event. I had also thought of doing it in a more intimate trunk show type event at an upscale boutique. There’s quite a bit to put together behind the scenes before all that happens, so looking into different venues to launch at is just one of my many things on my ‘to do’ list. What does it mean that the line hasn’t “launched” yet? Just that not everything is completely nailed down yet. Obviously all the gowns haven’t been made up in samples yet. We’re still working on getting our selling process down pat. Things like that. You can still go ahead and order the gowns from the website. You won’t be able to have a delivery date before April 1, 2008, but we’re recommending that you go on & place your order is you’re certain you want one of my gowns.

The first thing you probably noticed about my gowns is that they all come in color. Color is my thing. My signature. What makes my gowns stand out from the crowd. Bridal gowns in color are becoming increasingly popular, but that’s not why I make mine the way they are. It’s just simply what comes from within me when I start sculpting a new gown.

Choosing to wear a gown in color may seem like a bold move. But you’re a bold girl. Really. Trust yourself. If you respond to the gown, then you’ll wear it with confidence and be the most beautiful bride that ever was. Most of the response I’ve gotten from these gowns so far goes something like this: “Yes. That’s what I’ve been looking for.” I even had one woman say “the perfect expression of all my dreams.” Wow. That’s humbling. Choosing to wear a gown in color gives you so many more options to express your true self. To shine on your day of all days and show people “this is who I am, who I really am when I’m the best I can be. This is me.” Have fun with the colors. Mix and match. Color outside the lines!

I realize that your dreams are not mine and that you may love the sillhoette of my designs, but really want a white or ivory gown. Never fear! It can be done! We will be offering a “Purity Collection” in the coming months. The Purity Collection will contain all the gowns featured currently (and the ones to come!) on the website in a white and ivory interpretation. If you’re interested in that option before you see it on the website, just let me know.

The next thing you’ve probably noticed about my gowns is that they all have corsets. I’ve been in love with the corset since my history of costume classes in college. My college (Kent State University) has one of the finest period costume collections around. We regularly were able to see first hand historical pieces are part of our classes. Fun, fun, fun! My corsets are fully functional. This means that you can pull them in to your desired comfort level. Push up “the girls”. Pull in the tummy. Reduce your waist size about 2 to 3 inches. Yes. I just said that. 2 to 3 inches. They’re also amazingly comfortable. The inner lining is cotton and the boning is spiral steel, which moves 360 degrees, instead of just front to back like traditional plastic boning.

You might also be a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Chose your fabric color and type, your trim color, your ribbon color, even the color of your eyelets. Each gown that ships out of my studio has the potential to be completely unlike any other ever made. Your gown, made just for you. Just give me a call or e-mail & we’ll chat about your gown. My fairy godmother wand is always ready to make your dreams come true!

Post Script: My size chart didn’t make it onto the new website (or at least as of this writing) so here it is & we’ll have it up on the website as soon as possible.

Size

Bust

Waist

Hips

Hem Length

2

33

24

35 1/2

43 1/2

4

34

25

36 1/2

43 3/4

6

35

26

37 1/2

44

8

36

27

38 1/2

44 1/4

10

37

28

39 1/2

44 1/2

12

38 1/2

29 1/2

41

44 3/4

14

40

31

42 1/2

45

16

41 1/2

32 1/2

44

45 1/4

18

43 1/2

34 1/2

46

45 1/2

20

45 1/2

36 1/2

48

45 3/4

 

To measure:

 

measure around the fullest part of your bust

measure around the narrowest part of your waist (not necessarily at the place where you wear your waistband)

measure the fullest part of your hips

for the hem measure from your waist to the floor in the back

I’ll have some further information on measuring yourself along with a pictorial tutorial (try saying that 3 times fast) by January.

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