INSPIRATION: Nudie Cohn’s Nudie Suits and our Azzure Couture #FloralEmbroideredGown #NudieSuitDress

Welcome to our ode to one of the best clothing designers, EVER, the flamboyantly-amazing Nudie Cohn. Nudie was born in Russia, but immigrated to the US with a dream to become a tailor. While traveling across the US he stopped in Minnesota at a boarding house, and it was there that he met his future wife Bobbie. Together they made a move to New York City where Nudie found a job as a burlesque costume designer. Eventually the young couple made their way out to California where they began making clothes out of their garage. Nudie, who had always loved watching the old westerns and seeing the American cowboys, had himself a life-changing idea. Nudie decided to approach several country stars and offer to make them suits. His charm and personality won the day and he actually talked his way into becoming a world famous designer. Word got around and his reputation grew. By the 1950s Nudie had opened his own shop in Hollywood and convinced Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to let him be their custom tailor. Roy Rogers is credited with making Nudie’s gaudy, glittery suits acceptable for cowboys. Nudie went on to design the most over-the-top decorative rhinestone-encrusted, floral embroidered suits, known as “Nudie Suits” for music royalty and celebs alike.

 

 

Nudie had a style all his own. He wore his own crazy-cool suits around town, but always wore a mismatched pair of boots to keep himself grounded and to remember his humble beginnings when he could not even afford a pair of matching shoes. To learn more about this spectacular sartorial genius visit The Official Nudie’s Website.

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As Nudie’s reputation grew more and more stars had to have their own customized rhinestone cowboy suits, like Porter Wagner,Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Keith Richards and Sly Stone.

Even modern-day celebs, like Kesha, love themselves some Nudie action:

When Gilded Gown owner, Jacqui Wadsworth, saw this Azzure Couture gown at market she was instantly reminded of Nude’s ostentatious extravagance. Currently available in store in blush or black this lavishly embroidered floral gown features all the flash that Nudie loved.

Side note: Jacqui has a personal connection with the Nudie brand, as she actually met with Bobbie Cohn and sold her thread many years ago. How cool is that?

We love folks who embrace their own style and don’t mind strutting around in out of the ordinary looks. If you are feeling the love for this heroic designer and would like to try a Nudie Suit inspired gown, we invite you to visit The Gilded Gown. We wish we could come pick you up in one of Nudie’s customized convertibles….

 

And one more thing, NUDIE also designed the famed GOLD LAME suit for Elvis. YEAH! We certainly feel a kinship with a man who makes a golden, gilded suit such as this. Thank you Nudie for your legacy. We love you!

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!!

 

Non-Traditional Bridal Gowns, We Love Them! #Notyourmothersweddingdress

Every day we see brides at The Gilded Gown who are looking for something a bit different. They don’t want to follow the tradition of wearing a major bridal gown in white or ivory. We love girls with vision and alternative expectations of what constitutes a wedding dress. We invite you to share the dream dresses of two young brides who bucked conventional bridal choices in favor of dazzling beaded evening gowns. They are thrilled with their picks, and we are too!

Summer, who is planning a boho chic wedding with her fiancee Austin, recently found her YES dress…a stunning nude two piece featuring blue accents and loads of bead work. The gown is by Collette and is from their 2017 prom line. Although it is designed for prom, it works perfectly for Summer’s easygoing, casual wedding theme.

Summer took her look very bridal by accessorizing with a headpiece, two armfuls of bracelets and a custom made brooch bouquet by Sarah Brobst Designs.

With Summer’s beautiful smile and gorgeous looks she is going to make an absolutely breathtaking bride.

Summer loves how comfortable and easy to wear her gown is. Plus she likes the fact that it will be a breeze to get dressed for her special day.

She especially loves the interesting beaded open back and the loads of sparkle!

We wish you all the best Summer & Austin!

 

Next up, we have blue-eyed beauty Tori who envisioned something a bit regal for her ceremony to her finacee Mustafa.

Tori began her journey to find the perfect dress by trying on traditional wedding gowns, but just wasn’t finding anything that fit her style…until we ventured into the Azzure Couture section and discovered this heavily beaded stunner in light gold.

Once she stepped into this look, Tori knew immediately that this was her “Yes” dress. She loves the drama of the flowing net sleeves, the luxuriousness of the intricate beading and the unique style of the gown.

Tori was most enthralled with the flowy, sheer sleeves which move beautifully and add such a great note of romance. Once she was in the gown she had an overwhelming feeling of relief because she finally found something she felt illuminated her personal style. Heck yeah, we agree! Tori is extra-lovely, unique, serene, and super-smart. We adore her AND her look.

She decided to compliment her bridal ensemble with a gorgeous Tiara by Marriell. Her look says, “Yeah, I’m a queen!”

We think Tori looks so, so beautiful and we are happy she found a dress that she feels like herself in. She did not want to cover her tattoos for her ceremony, but she likes how the sheer tulle gives a hint of softness.

Happiest Wedding to Tori & Mustafa!

If you are on a quest for your own “YES” dress, be it a traditional one or one that bends bridal boundaries, please come visit us at The Gilded Gown. We have hundreds of gowns to choose from in all sizes (000-36), shapes, price points and colors. Please call us today at 865-329-4905 to set up your bridal appointment. Our hours are Monday – Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm.

Things to be grateful for in a bridal salon! #gratefulthankfulblessed @thegildedgown

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At this time of year, we like to reflect on our many blessings.

Perhaps you would like to come join us, we are happy to share them with you!

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Most of all we are thankful & grateful for the opportunity to be immersed in an atmosphere of love. We see every day the love between mothers and daughters. We experience first-hand supportive friendships, caring families and women feeling good about themselves. We celebrate the tradition of love and marriage and commitment and we have a ring-side seat to brides planning the happiest days of their lives. We say YES to that! Thank you Gilded Gown Girls!

We are thankful for all the beautiful details we are surrounded by each day, such as the intricate beading and lace on our award-winning couture gowns by Justin Alexander and the boho chic, vintage-inspired looks by Lillian West. Ahhhhh, sooo lovely!

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We are thankful to be surrounded by SPARKLE! All the beautiful beading and sequins and glitter make us very happy! We love our spectacular new prom line by Azzure Couture and the Curvy line for 2017 is next-level! We know our Gilded Gown Girls are going to be absolutely thrilled with their prom dresses this year!

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We appreciate the glamour and romance of our salon. We adore illusion tops and peek-a-boo backs and gorgeous headpieces. Being able to share just the right look with our Gilded Gown girls makes us very happy!

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How lucky are we to get to play dress up each and every day with our brides? Buttons, and lace and armloads of bling!!!

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We are grateful for the superior craftsmanship and lovely fabrics of our gowns and for how happy these things make our brides when they find their dream dresses!

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All of us at The Gilded Gown wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

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If you are ready to begin the search for your dream dress, we invite you to visit us in Knoxville Center Mall. We offer convenient layaway terms, friendly & caring stylists, and the most gorgeous bridal gowns around. We are located downstairs, near Sears. Open Seven Days A Week: Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sundays from Noon to 6 pm. Although we will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday to spend time with our loved ones!

 

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.

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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!