Wedding Dresses & Style

Jasmine’s Va-Va-Voom Vibe

posted: 03/05/13
by: TLC
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Sam and Kelly say cheers to Jasmine after she chose her something borrowed gown.

Jasmine is just 20 years old, so her gown shopping expedition was heavily influenced by her mother and sister -- both of whom have very distinct styles! Bearing in mind the bride's Muslim heritage, Mom wanted Jasmine in something modest. But her own gown had been altered into a costume and was a shell of its original self. Meanwhile, her rocker sis wouldn't be satisfied unless Jasmine was in something '80s-inspired and completely unique. Kelly and Sam didn't have an easy time pleasing this bride's entourage! Get the details of the makeover up next.

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Jasmine's Borrowed Gown After

What were the basic details of the original dress?

The basics of the original dress are unknown! It was altered for a Halloween costume, so when it came to me, it was cut super short. It had '80s puffy sleeves and lots of tacky sequins and plastic beading that were glued on.

What were the elements that really dated the dress?

The sleeves definitely dated this dress -- and the white satin! Satin from the '80s has an almost a fluorescent purple sheen to it.

What were the biggest challenges in transforming the dress?

Well, where do I begin? The dress was too short, and that was the fist major challenge. Also, the bodice fabric was ruined because of the glue that was used to attach the sequins and beads. Needless to say, this dress was a disaster!

What was your inspiration for the transformation?

For this particular dress, my goal was to get it as far away from the puffy '80s dress it was before. Jasmine was also young and tall with a model's body, so I knew I could go a little more dramatic. I just imagined heavy beaded fabric with a giant bow on the back like a princess.

What details from the transformation would you like to point out?

I used all of the fabric from the original dress. It's hidden underneath the beaded fabric, but it's there -- glued sequins and all! It was actually the perfect lining for the dress I designed.

What did you think when Jasmine chose your dress?

I was actually a bit surprised! I loved Sam's pick for her, and although I loved my dress, I honestly thought it was a bit over the top. I took a chance with this one, and I guess it worked out to my advantage!

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Jasmine's New Gown

How did Jasmine's wedding venue and theme influence your dress choices for her?

Jasmine was planning a beach wedding, so that influenced my choice quite a bit. I knew I wanted something simple and floaty with lots of movement, but I didn't want to compromise Jasmine's great figure by choosing a dress that took away from her curves. I also knew I wanted a white dress for her. Most of the time, I'm an ivory guy, but I love white for a summer wedding, and I knew it would look gorgeous against Jasmine's pale skin and deep black hair. I don't love an overly fussy dress for a beach wedding, so my plan was to bring in some personality and flash with accessories or additions after Jasmine found a dress she loved.

Based on her body shape and personal style, what types of dresses did you pull for Jasmine?

Jasmine is tall, lean and has a curvy body with a tiny waist and a very full bust. She embraces her curves and wanted to show them off on her wedding day. This was a direct contrast to Mom's wishes for a modest dress that would nod to her Muslim heritage.

We tried several styles of dress: fit and flare, A-line, princess and modified A-line. All of them looked great and in the end, it really came down to what spoke to Jasmine's heart and made her look and feel her best. I chose dresses that had enough structure to lift and support her bust and highlight the waist.

The neckline of the dress was a point of contention. The fit and flare dress with the semi-sweetheart neckline was elegant and concealed Jasmine's cleavage, making it a tad more modest. It was simple and stunning, but looked a bit formal for the beach. The vintage lace gown with clipped cherry blossom appliqu?s and beading was lovely. Even though it was more detailed and embellished, it still felt summery and right for the beach.

The dress Jasmine finally chose as her something new was perfect. The bodice was wrapped and pleated so it held her in place and showed off her tiny waist. The skirt of the dress was fuller, but draped beautifully so it wasn't fussy or princess-like. I added a beaded trim to the bust to frame her face, and the belt kicked things up a bit more.

Do you have recommendations for Jasmine's hair, makeup and accessories for an overall bridal look based on the dress she chose?

Jasmine is beautiful and has great hair and a stunning complexion. If she chose my dress, I had planned loose, beachy waves with a few random pieces pulled back to catch a simple veil. Jasmine has a strong face, and her dark hair means she can handle a bit more makeup and pull it off. I liked cooler tones on her skin, but still pretty and bridal. I selected a necklace to fill up some of the space between her neck and bust, and I wanted small earrings for a pop of sparkle at the face.

What did you think when Jasmine didn't choose your dress?

I was completely caught off-guard when Jasmine came out in the borrowed dress! I was convinced she would pick my dress because I thought it was perfect for her venue and it looked incredible on her body. Maybe I was overconfident! I could tell Jasmine loved Kelly's dress; it was way more embellished and elaborate than mine, so it spoke to her personality and style. After adding some bells and whistles to my simple beachy dress, I thought I had won her over, but I may have missed the mark and played it too safe! Who knows? I will say, after seeing Jasmine in the dress again on TV, I still love my something new! Is that bad? Better luck next time, I guess.

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