Bright and Beautiful, Abby Fisk races cars and does pageants! What an inspirational Gilded Gown Girl!

 

We first met Abby when she modeled for us at Knoxville Fashion Week earlier this year. She became a treasured Gilded Gown customer when she purchased her prom gown with us this Spring! And when Abby, along with her mother Jana, came back to the store last week to purchase the perfect earrings to compliment her look before prom, she became a friend. You see, there is a lot more to Abby than just her amazing beauty and sweet personality!

Because, for one thing Abby, is a winning drag racing dynamo! How cool!

This is what SHE drives:

Abby Fisk currently attends Heritage High School in Maryville, TN where she is an honor roll student and enrolled in advanced placement courses. And she loves trucks!

 

Abby was born into a family who loves the sport of racing. In fact they have their own team, the “Fisk Racing Team.” Her bother Noah also drag races.

 

Look how cute these siblings are:

Abby’s love of racing began in 2010. Since then she has several wins under her belt. Her home track is the Knoxville Dragstrip located in Maynardville, TN. She also races at various tracks throughout the Southeast and has brought home several wins from those. She plans to pursue racing beyond her Junior Dragster career. But in the meantime, she doesn’t mind winning some beauty pageants in her spare time!

 

When she is not racing, Abby enjoys spending time with her friends and family, camping, working on cars and playing with her dogs. She thanks God for giving her the opportunity to race, meet wonderful fellow racers from all over the world and keeping her safe on and off the track. Her biggest fans are her mom Jana, her dad Todd and her brother Noah. And she has a whole new team of super-fans here at The Gilded Gown!

Another cool thing about Abby is that her family owns a catering business making the best bbq in Tennessee…Checkered Flag BBQ! Checkered Flag Bar-B-Que is located in Maryville TN and offers full service bbq and catering to our area. The family also occasionally competes in bbq competitions throughout the Southeast (no surprise with this family of champs!). The Fisk family is dedicated to providing their customers with the highest quality in meat selection and customer service

Please call 865-237-7420 if you are interested in some delicious smoked delicacies! Yum!

All of us at The Gilded Gown are planning to eat some bbq and watch Abby race one day soon!

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Thank you for being such an inspiration Abby! We will be cheering you on as you continue to race, receive your education and model! We know your future is bright and we are proud to have you represent The Gilded Gown!

 

We Love our Gilded Gown Prom & Pageant Girls of 2017

We are so proud of our Gilded Gown Girls. They are smart, fiesty, fun-loving, beautiful, inspiring and fabulous! We have been having an absolute blast during this extra busy shopping season helping them find their dream dresses. And, we think that this year’s dresses are so gorgeous on them!

Major feels for our Gilded Gown Girls and their prom pics that are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

But wait….Have you found your “YES” dress for prom yet? No? Well don’t worry about a thing, ‘cuz there is still time to find YOUR dream gown for Prom! We still have over a thousand gorgeous gowns in sizes 00 to 36 in stock! Come and try on to see which lovely dress is perfect for you!!

***As a bonus, you will receive $50 to $100 Off YOUR Prom Dress purchase when you mention this blog post at checkout and check in to The Gilded Gown on Facebook when you visit! See store for details!***

Please enjoy some pics of this year’s Gilded Gown Girls! And if you are a Gilded Gown Girl, please feel free to share your pictures with us on Facebook or Instagram!!!

First up, we have Miss Kira Luttrell rocking her Gilded Gown for Prom 2k17! Kira is simply stunning in our black two-piece ballgown with regal gold details!

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Miss Kayla June Nobbe arriving in style to her Gibbs High School Prom! Kayla is resplendent and radiant in her red and diamond white gilded gown!

Miss Abigail Fawver looking gorgeous in her gilded gown! She is a majorette and attends Carter High School! She recently WON the Tennessee Most Beautiful Majorette and Tennessee Starlet award!  Go Abigail!!! #girlpower

Miss Mia looking lovely in this two piece lavender stunner!! She made her gilded gown look ah-mazing at Prom 2k17!!

Miss Madison Taylor is dressed and ready for the 2017 Central High School prom! She is totally rocking her gilded gown!! Madison loves listening to music driving in her car to wherever the wind blows her! #AdventuresomeSoul

 

Alexandra is so beautiful! She got both her 2k17 and her 2k16 prom gown with us! #lovelylady

 

 

Jori Finds The Perfect Cruise Dress for Dinner with The Captain!!!

Jori is totally excited about her upcoming cruise on Carnival to gorgeous Nassau, Bahamas.

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A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for picturesque beaches as well as offshore coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkeling. The charming island retains many of its vintage pastel-colored British colonial buildings.

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Jori can’t wait to explore the island AND the cruise ship. A huge Titanic fan, she is most looking forward to occasions where she can dress up like Rose, especially dinner at the Captain’s Table!!! We love that Cruise lines feature at least one night on the voyage where guests have the opportunity to showcase their more elegant attire! This is a chance for Jori to go all-out! Her first choice is this glorious, jewel neck Nina Canacci 2017 Prom Gown in black and emerald Green (which highlights her beautiful red hair):

She test-drove this look to make sure it would work perfectly on her ship. We think she looks amazing no matter what activities might arise. Here she is resting on a bench, dancing past windows and grabbing a soda.

Jori is such a lovely girl, and we know the captain is bound to take notice of her in this stunning, intricately beaded gown.

Jori completed her look with scrunched satin gloves. Adorb! Jori’s requirements for the perfect dress includes: fun, beautiful, comfortable, danceable and noticeable. We think she accomplished her mission!

We can’t wait to hear how her trip goes! Hopefully she will share a dance with the Captain!

 

And, since no packing job is complete without OPTIONS. Jori has selected another gorgeous dress to bring just in case. (Plus we just know she is going to meet a dashing gentleman who will whisk her away to a glamorous date!)

What do you all think of this navy, long sleeved Azzure Couture look?

We LOVE!

Where the other dress is loads of fun, this gown delivers sophistication and glamour in a big way, from the navy velvet skirt to the beaded sheer sleeved bodice. Wowza!

We know Jori will be turning heads in this gown. 

No more cleaning carts for Jori! It’s time for her to dine, relax and enjoy!

She’ll be like, “hmmm…..do I want the steak or the lobster?” We’re like, “GET BOTH!”

And she’ll be sure to do loads more on her trip, too:  Try out a Celebrity Chef Restaurant. Sip a Frozen Drink (or two) Poolside. Take in a Broadway Show. Have a Slice of Pizza. Surf, Swim and Skydive. Shop. Rest. Why not do it all!

We have a feeling this might be the trip of a lifetime for Jori. And beautiful both inside and out, this ever-smiling & hard-working single mama deserves it!

If you are headed to a cruise in the near future, we invite you to come find your dream dresses for the occasion at The Gilded Gown. We are fully stocked in all sizes, styles and colors. The Prom gowns are NEXT LEVEL this year and work for any dress up social event.

Located in Knoxville Center Mall, we are open 11 am t0 7 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Always offering personal stylists, easy layaways and friendly service, The Gilded Gown is your locally-owned formal wear boutique.

Bon Voyage Jori! We love you!!

 

Get Ready for Prom 2017! Handy Checklist! #BESTPROMNIGHTEVER2017

Ok ladies it is MARCH…time to start planning your perfect prom night! Since prom is one of life’s biggest moments (that you will always look back on), it is totally worth it to put in the work to make it ah-mazing. Now is the find your dress and make your plans! Here is a handy checklist to help you get everything nailed down for the BEST PROM NIGHT EVER! Yay Prom 2017.

The first step is to find your dress! …Everything depends on the dress. You want something that makes you feel your most beautiful and is also comfortable. You’ll be eating, riding in the car and dancing in this gown, so you want to be able to breathe and move in it. PLUS you need a dress SO SPECIAL that you’ll still love it ten years from now when you are looking back at your prom pics. #IstillLOVEthatdress

Visit The Gilded Gown to get an idea about what style and color dress makes you the happiest. No matter your size, taste or budget we have endless options to choose from. AND we have convenient layaway terms, so if you do happen to find THE dress, you can easily afford it. Shopping early pays off since we register every dress sold. This way everyone who shops with us can be sure they will be in an original look on their special night. Once a dress style is taken for a school is no longer available to other girls.

 

 

 

Once you have the dress, everything else revolves around it. Complete your look with shoes and accessories, and a cute clutch. Consider a shrug or cover up in case your prom night gets chilly. Take your time and source the best undergarments for you gown.

Check out our fabulous accessory department at The Gilded Gown, (remember these are always half off with a dress purchase):

 

A go-with anything metallic sandal with loads of sass from Betsey Johnson, $69:

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A nice neutral shaper is the B’tweenie Panty by Spanx, $24:

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Once you have your shoes and undergarments, it is time to schedule an appointment with your alterationist. You’ll need to bring those items to your first fitting appointment so your seamstress can custom tailor your gown to you. If you need a recommendation for a good seamstress we have a list available at the front counter at The Gilded Gown.

You’ll be wanting just the right hairstyle and makeup for Prom. Visit Sephora and Ulta, plus check out youtube for makeup looks you like. Local makeup artists are awesome, so call around and schedule a consultation. This is the night for false eyelashes! Also schedule a run-through of your hairstyle with your stylist ahead of time. That way on prom day you will be guaranteed to look your best. Don’t forget to schedule a mani-pedi & spray tan if you want an extra glow.

You’ll also need to take care of things like planning your ride. Will you be riding with your date, with friends or going solo? Consider hiring a limo with a group for maximum savings and fun! Make sure the prom tickets get purchased. Make your reservations for din-din and after prom fun (or confirm that your date has). Don’t forget the florals: order a coordinating corsage &/or boutonniere. Consider packing ahead for your special night. Fill a tote with  makeup, brush, hairspray, bobby pins, hair elastics, toothbrush & toothpaste, mints, gum, energy bars, water, nail file, your id, money, clear nail polish, safety pins, bandaids, aspirin, your phone, a change of clothes and comfy shoes. Hey you’ll be prepared for anything. Throw in some duct tape and you’ll really be covered.

 

 

Prom 2017 is ON at The Gilded Gown – From the Designer To The Runway To You!!!!

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Prom 2017 is ON at The Gilded Gown! We are absolutely thrilled with the excitement generated by prom girls shopping in 2017. Word is out, because we’ve had shoppers from five states, our prom registry is filling up and it is just January 18th! Our team scoured the markets in Chicago, New York and Atlanta to find the very best prom styles for you! Our owner, the awesome Jacqui, met with the designers, carefully studied the latest trends and took into account what our girls want for this year. The 2017 Prom Gowns are arriving every day at The Gilded Gown and they are GORGEOUS!

PROM IS ON

This year we have more exclusive designers than ever before! We have more styles on the floor! We have all sizes from 000-36! And we have the best staff, eager to help you find your dream dress! Come visit us to find your YES dress for prom this year.

We have easy layaway terms, a fun atmosphere, and the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever had in store! We are located in Knoxville Center Mall (downstairs near Sears) and we are open Seven Days A Week: Mon-Sat from 11 am to 7 pm and Sun from Noon to 6 pm.

Please enjoy the following photos of some of the amazing styles we have available this year. These were taken at our recent fashion show held in conjunction with Gage Talent, Knoxville Center Mall and were shot by the amazing Isbill Photography.

We saw floral prints and embroidery at all the market fashion shows, so we made sure to bring tons of this on-trend style to our runway and store. Florals Rule!

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Lovely lace is very popular this year, and we love how many beautiful options we’ve got in store for you:

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Two Piece Gowns are still on trend this year, and how fun is this shimmery beaded bodice on the left?

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How about this two piece style with,,,PANTS? What!!! How awesome.

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We invite you to come see for yourselves what an amazing selection of gowns we have.

 

 

Come to our PROM PREVIEW 2017 Fashion Show to Benefit @2ndHarvestFoodBank!

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We have something very FUN in store. Please join us this Saturday, November 19th as we celebrate the styles of Prom 2017. We have lots of awesome surprises in store from fizzy drinks, to passed appetizers on silver trays. There will be doorprizes, fashion, lights and music.

 

AND, the best part of all is that your donation of canned goods or $5 will go entirely to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. And at this grateful time of year, helping those who need it most is something we feel strongly about.

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The Fashion Show will be featuring the spectacular designs from Azzure Couture and our Curvy Line!

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Our fave tux shop,Regal Tuxedo ,will be highlighting the best new styles for the guys for 2017!

Melissa Timm Designs will show us the latest in corsage and boutonniere styles.

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Patrick Michael Weddings will be providing the bumpin’ sound and light show.

Dance Floor Lighting at Dara's Garden in Knoxville, Tn.

Thank you to the beautiful models provided by Gage Talent and The Gilded Gown.

The fashion show will be directed by the talented folks at Claire Queisser Runway Events.

Big shout out to Knoxville Center, our home, for providing the space, chairs and tables!

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

All dresses featured are in our Prom Preview Trunk Show 2017 at The Gilded Gown. Dresses can be ordered now for Prom 2017!!!!

 

 

 

 

Our Trip to Market Recap: The Bridal Show at the America’sMart in Atlanta

picmonkey-imageHave you ever wondered what it is like to “Go to Market” — the place where store owners go to purchase the items they will sell in their retail shops? Imagined a trip to a glorious multi-storied building filled with gorgeous garments at wholesale pricing? Considered a shopping spree of epic proportions during which you purchase hundreds upon hundreds of dresses? Wheeeeeee, I know I have!

We just returned from Atlanta’s famed America’sMart, where we attended the Vow New World of Bridal Show, and got to experience what it is like to be immersed in the behind-the-scenes world of fashion, designers and showrooms galore. WOW! Jacqui and Grace have attended markets before, but I feel like they were just as excited to attend as I was.

Let me just say: It takes considerable fortitude to shop a 14-story building ladies. What an amazing experience!

It was fun feeling like big-city girls walking through downtown Atlanta as we headed into the market each morning:

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Mad props to the Marriott Marquis, our fabulous hotel, which was about a block and a half from the Market:

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Once you arrive at America’sMart the first thing you have to do is check in and get your badges for the event. Grace had to wait for hers for a minute as you can tell from her expression, lol!

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Once you are through security, you enter into the biggest indoor shopping experience in the universe. Behold the wonderment, glass elevators and all:

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Showrooms were brimming with gorgeous models and gowns! Each designer had all their beautiful creations on display on mannequins, racks and models. What a feast for the eyes. We were thrilled to shop the very best of the best for our Gilded Gown Girls back home!

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And most had some type of yummy treats on hand — ranging from candy, parfaits or fruit to elaborate spreads of food. Thank you!

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There is even a buyer’s lounge, which is a necessity, because ten + hours of shopping per day is hard on ya:

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Here are some highlights from the beautiful designs of Azzure Couture (available exclusively at The Gilded Gown for upcoming prom season!):

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We loved their dresses and selected lots of amazing dresses for Prom 2017! Do you see a favorite?

 

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Here is my favorite gown by Azzure Couture. Check out the amazing florals, sheer illusion sleeves and decadent beading:

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We also found lots of lovelies at our favorite Nina Canacci:

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Grace gives a tour of some of our top picks from Nina Canacci in these videos:

 

All in all, we had the most wonderful time selecting the dresses which we know will delight our Gilded Gown Girls!