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The Knot Book Of Wedding Gowns

What's the real difference between an $800 gown and an $8000 gown? Is Dupioni better than Duchesse? When do you need a crinoline, and what is a crumb catcher? From the creator of the #1 online wedding resource, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns provides the answers to these questions and thousands more. The perfect gift for a bride-to-be, this lavishly illustrated book--more than 250 color photographs and illustrations--tells her everything she needs to know about the single most expensive and important piece of clothing she will ever own. The only fully comprehensive book on the subject, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns dissects the construction of the dress; profiles the numerous styles; defines and illustrates hundreds of varieties of fabrics, laces, embellishments, and accessories; and provides straightforward counsel on which cuts work best with which fabrics, and what styles look best on which body types. In addition, informative sections explain how and where to search for a dress, how to pull everything together to achieve the perfect look, and how to care for the masterpiece when the wedding is over. Fascinating bits of history throughout unveil the traditions and significance of this most important piece of clothing.For that all-important decision of a lifetime, The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns is the ultimate book on the ultimate dress.

Hardcover: 176 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 1, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0811832236

ISBN-13: 978-0811832236

Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #609,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #16 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings > Gown #40120 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences #49055 in Books > Teens

The book is okay for casual browsing but it not imformative enough to use as a reference guide. I would have liked to have seen more discussion of various styles and types of gowns for various ceremony settings, body types, time of year, etc. Not to mention, the dresses used as examples are not very current or fashion forward; they appear rather dated. And the use of mannequins to display the gowns rather than actual models I found to be very cold and impersonal. The book is rather boring to read and gives more of a broad history lesson of wedding gowns than something an actual bride can use to assist her in her gown search.Save your money, there is absolutely nothing in this book you can't find out online or in any given bridal magazine. Don't be fooled by the "The Knot" branding thinking this book is going to be chock full of useful information. It is not one of those types of books you'll keep forever. In fact, I am throwing mine out today. The only reason I kept it this long is because of how much I paid for it. But I read it once and it has been collecting dust and taking up space ever since. If you feel compelled to purchase it, do yourself a favor and buy it used. I wish I had.

As someone who didn't know anything about wedding dresses, I really loved this book. It describes all of the basics -- dress silhouettes, bodices, skirt shapes, fabrics, etc., including illustrations -- and discusses which types look best on different body shapes. It also explains the different types of fabrics, details, and train lengths. I am sure that this knowledge will be really helpful to me when I go dress shopping. The bridal shops have so many types of dresses, that it is nice to be able to narrow down my choices a little beforehand.

The Knot Book of Wedding Gowns is a great book, and, thanks to , I bought it for an incredible price. I'm so glad I added this book to my personal library.

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