Mara Hoffman Beaded Silk Chiffon Gown
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Silk chiffon maxi gown with intricate black bead embellishment on front and around waist. Low scoop back with cutout opening at lower back. Zips up left side of dress. Fully lined. Top layer of skirt portion has two tall slits on the front. A dramatic and gorgeous piece made to turn heads.
- *Silk Chiffon
- *Dry Clean Only
Overall Product Rating
pfhofland - Review from Free People
Not as imagined but still beautifulSo the dress wasn't the color I imagined. It looks very white in the photo but when I got it, it was quite yellowish, more like a tea dyed white. The beading was gorgeous but the moment I tried it on, one bead hooked and almost the whole front part of the beading at the bottom fell off. Luckily Free People was awesome and let me exchange it for a new one. Going to wear this for my summer wedding next year. I think it's still very pretty, but wish it was white and also wish they would have packaged it better. I'm going to have to do some serious steaming to get all the wrinkles out. And I wish that the beading was done better...for the price, I'm not 100% impressed. Especially when the designer of the dress sells it for cheaper. Sadly she was sold out.
rumnroses - Review from Free People
Beading is lacking....I have to say that I adore the style of this dress, the cut is beautiful and the fit is great, but the beading was so disappointing for this price. The dress looks beautiful on the girls in the pics below, and I don't mean to take away from the gorgeous dress, but I was definitely expecting a bit more. The beads are little plastic craft beads, some of which had detached and were loose in the plastic when I received the dress. I was also disappointed in the packaging. FP always packages their products well, from the cloth bags in the stores to the gift cards, and the Exclusive dresses come in cloth hanging bags with beautiful hangers and for the price of this dress it should have been packaged the same. I think that had it arrived in a hanging bag I wouldn't have noticed all of the detached beading. Gorgeous from a far, a bit of a disappointment up close. I ordered my usual size 2 (32 D, 5'5" 120).
bohoballet23 - Review from Free People
Pretty, long, and antiqued.This dress is great, if it's for you. I was thinking it was sort of deco, but it looks more Egyptian in person. While my perception of the beading went from antique to ikat upon arrival, the dress itself went from antique modern to just plain antique in person. The main reason for this is that its fabric is quite yellowed, like the pages of an old book. It's a really nice look, if you don't mind that coloration. I personally am too fair-skinned, and this fact made it go from a potential wedding dress to just a very expensive, albeit cool, dress that someone much taller than me could pull off very well. I am 5'2" and ordered it with the assumption I'd have to alter it by bringing it up at the waist, but even so there was too much fabric that would have been lost.The quality was disappointing. It should come wrapped with more care. It was wrinkled and squashed into the usual packaging. When I unbundled and unzipped it to try on, a few of the beads fell off. Try it if you must, but if you are petite, or fair-skinned it is probably not for you. The measurements are basically true to size. I am a 26 and ordered a 2. I think anything smaller wouldn't have zipped at the waist. Everywhere else it was baggy though.
catalinacatalina - Review from Free People
beautiful design but disappointingThis is such a gorgeous design, but unfortunately the quality is not up to par, given the price.The good news is that as long as you get the right fit around the waist, this dress could fit many different body types.The bad news is the quality. The lining is a cheap polyester (read: so much static!!) that is a bright white, which makes it overly contrast (in a bad way) with the creamy ivory chiffon. The dress is also very long, which means lots of expensive alterations. I'm 5'5, and tried it on with 4" heels and still need at least 2-3 more inches off in order to be able to walk in it.I ordered 2 different sizes to get the right one, and both had similar issues. A few beads had already fallen off when I opened the package and others looked like they would fall off any minute. There were dozens of little unfinished threads on the backside of the chiffon where the beads had been sewn on. It also looked as if the silk had not been protected on the shelf and looked a little shabby/rubbed raw in some places. Also, the beaded design on the top was not symmetrical, which gave it a weird look when I tried it on. I love that it's beautifully hand-beaded, and so I'm not expecting machine-like perfection, but I do definitely expect it to be symmetrical.I was hoping to wear this dress to my wedding, but with these flaws, I won't be able to do so without very expensive alterations.Gorgeous design from a great designer, but quality is just not good enough at this price.
LuckyLindseyLou - Review from Free People
Beautiful Dress!I ordered this dress to wear in my upcoming outside spring wedding. I love it! It is a little more ivory color than the pictures show but oh, so, beautiful. My dress is currently being altered because it is really long. It must be hemmed at the waistband due to the beading at the bottom. Also, even though it is lined it is a little shear and if you are planning on wearing it outside during the day, you might want to get a half slip to go underneath it.
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