Bridal Redux

Ugly bridesmaid dresses begone!


Those ugly bridesmaid’s dresses in the back of your closet can take on new life. Dressmaker ANGELA WOODCOCK and designer JOANNE MIRANDA work miracles on outdated formal wear at their North College Road shop Camille’s Closet. To show the possibilities, they selected three gowns and went to work with their scissors. 


1990s black sequin dress with straps

By removing the straps and adding boning to give the dress support, it can be worn strapless. The ruffled flounce was converted to a shrug for another dress and the sequin fabric is on its way to becoming a bodice for even another dress. The reversible wrap adds a sophisticated dimension to the ensemble.



1980s leg of mutton sleeve wedding gown

Angela disassembled this entire dress, trimmed the skirt into a trumpet shape, added a tulle underskirt, reshaped the v-waist into a round dropped waist and removed the huge bow from the back of the skirt. Lace from the sleeves and bow were appliquéd to the sheer bodice. Joanne made a matching headpiece to complete the look.



1990s spaghetti strap gown with short train

From prim to sassy, this outdated gown takes on a new look with black tulle, leather and lace. Even the pink lacing in the back is replaced with black. The shortened length makes it very versatile.



Hair by Jennifer Shoff of Stylist Hair Studio. Makeup by Michael Alejandro Stevenson. Model of wedding dress Lydia Chandler

Models (top to bottom) Mary Caroline Walkup, Lydia Chandler,  Natalyn Wallin