Wedding Fashion Show

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

The design team of Mark Badgley and James Mischka draws its inspiration from antique dresses and watching old films. The Badgley Mischka bridal line is unique because it respects the traditions of glamour -- rhinestones, sweeping trains, and one-of-a-kind necklines -- but is made contemporary with the use of lighter fabrics and less construction.

Wedding Dresses
Strapless silk satin mini dress with Tulle Neckline; full tulle skirt with bustle detail accented with rhinestone appliques. $3,950.

Goddess gown in ivory; blue ombre silk chiffon with draping at bustline accented with beaded detail and beaded straps. $4,390.

Beaded tank gown with crumb-catcher bodice of silk crepe, beaded midriff, and skirt with rhinestone buttons. $8,790.

Pearl Chantilly lace over ivory silk charmeuse with beading and embroidery detail on bustline, sheet midriff, and dropped waist. $15,390.

Bridesmaid Dresses
Look 1
Ivory with cappuccino, satin short strapless A-line two-tone dress. $240

Look 2
Tissue taffeta, short strapless empire dress. $250

Look 3
Amethyst tulle gown with rouched bodice. $300

Wedding Dress Tips
Allow enough time for your dress to be fitted -- about three to six months for alterations and eight months for major restoration.

Ideally, you'll bring your dress home a day or two before the wedding. But if you must store it for longer, you'll want to take precautions: If you're storing it for less than six months, hang it on a padded hanger in a closet away from direct sunlight, leaving several feet of space on either side.

To shield fabric from dust, cover it with a material that allows for ventilation, such as muslin or a white cotton sheet. Don't use plastic -- since it's nonporous, it can trap condensation, causing mildew and mustiness; it might also emit gases over time that cause deterioration.

If you'll be storing the gown for more than six months, it's best not to hang it to avoid stressing shoulders and seams. Instead, package the dress in an acid-free cardboard box.

Have your dress cleaned within a month of the wedding; if it has serious stains, like red wine, take it in within a few days.

The bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses seen on today's show can be found at Special thanks to Mark Badgley and James Mischka for giving a bottle of their limited edition fragrance, Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit, to everyone in our studio audience.


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