Period films and TV series such as the “Great Gatsby,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” are influencing today’s fashion trends, particularly when it comes to wedding attire. These DFW shops offer a wealth of vintage glam for brides hoping to save a fortune on a gorgeous frock— as well as for those wanting to capture the timeless look of a truly beautiful era gone by.
Zola’s Everyday Vintage
414 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
Many brides are choosing to rediscover the charms of pre-loved pieces that have a history of their own and Zola’s vintage frocks certainly have a story to tell. Owners Annette Norman and Diedra Sutton say that every dress they pick for their shop speaks to them. Their fabulous array of vintage gowns, spanning from the 1920s to 1990s, not only carry a history, but also comes with a photo of its original owner. Treasures such as fully sequined or beaded wedding dresses, long tailed tuxedos and Doctor Zhivago pillbox veils trimmed in white mink can be found at amazing prices ranging from $75 to $275.
931 Foch St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Mother-daughter duo Jeanne Crutsinger and Eliza Abdul have a passion for beautiful things and it shows in their boutique’s exquisite collection of vintage designer duds and bridal gowns. Gorgeous bridal gowns dating from the 1940s and on are featured here—including a 1980s stunner with a fully beaded bodice of pearls. Whether you’re looking for wedding attire, beaded evening dresses, Louis Vuitton shoes or even 1920s birdcage hats, you can create a look that’s totally unique for $100 to $2,000.
9310 Forest Lane, Suite 204
Dallas, TX 75243
Anyone shopping for bridal gowns will want to take a look here before going to a retail store, since it’s one of the largest bridal consignments shops in the metroplex. Owner Renee Bankston stocks her store with a vast selection of bridal accessories and over 500 bridal gowns that have been acquired from estates, out-of-business inventory and discontinued samples. From $99 beaded gowns to half price couture from Vera Wang, Maria Karin and Monique Lhullier, this is a one stop shop with everything a bride could desire for her Cinderella moment.
6729 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
Being located in Park Cities certainly has its perks. It makes it easy for Highland Park ladies to drop off their designer duds in which the shop’s owner, Lynda Piepgras, sells for a steal—with prices ranging from $95 to $1,200. How about a 1950s Jackie O style ivory brocade gown, complete with a 6 foot train extending from the shoulders, for bit of back bling? The shop also has several stunning 1970s taffeta hand-beaded dresses with puffed sleeves. Peipgras can find just about anything you want, but don’t drop into this tiny shop expecting to see all of Peipgras’ treasures—she keeps her vast collection of couture gowns, cocktail dresses, jewels, designer shoes and furs in her warehouse.
1106 W. Main St.
Carrollton, TX 75006
Whether it’s straight from someone’s private collection or right off the runway, there’s plenty of designer goodies in this shop to send any fashionista into sensory overload. If you’re on the search for rare vintage apparel, owners Ken Weber and Greg Kelly are the guys you’ll want to see— they’ve provided historically accurate clothing for movies, TV shows and even for a recent Kennedy Exhibit. Brides-to-be will find vintage gowns dating from the 18th century up to the 1950s. Channel your inner Lady Mary from “Downton Abbey” with a 1920s elegant silk gown complete with hand-made ivory lace, or deck out in an Edwardian white tea gown from 1910. Your vintage dream dress can be easily realized here for as little as $165 to $600.
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