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An Asian-inspired wedding dress with a modern twist. This wine red cheongsam dress is made for the iconic woman who wants to push the boundaries of fashion of a traditional Chinese wedding dress.
This dress is made to your custom measurements. We'll provide instructions after you place an order. Our custom-size dresses take up to 16 weeks to make and deliver. For a faster option, check out our Red Marilyn Dress–Ships Now version.
This dress is named after Marilyn Monroe, an iconic American actress, model, and singer during the 1950s and 1960s. She shaped popular culture and attitudes towards beauty and sexuality.
Material is a lot stretchier/elasticky than expected, but the quality seems great. Bought the ready to ship and received it within a week (I'm in NYC). Looks as expected and fits as expected given the measurements on their website. I have wide shoulders and like a rectangle shape body so it's a little loose in the stomach hips and fits perfectly in this shoulder. I got the largest size and typically I wear size 12/14 tops and dresses and 10/12 bottoms, 36D. The neck is a little tight (I have a wide neck).
2 stars is for the excellent, responsive and helpful/dynamic customer service via emailing (So customer service 5/5 A+). This particular shipment of Marilyn dress was soo defective in the upper body mesh/floral stitching, it looks like a child laborer took scissors and did a patch job in most of the upper body areas. This was my first qipao try-on from online and I was disappointed because of the poor quality control / sewing quality from EMD's partner seamstress team - you can just look at my pictures and see the inordinately bad stitch job that also led to massive side-boob on my left side being visible while arms at rest, lol (side boob pic not included cuz it's too embarrassing). I ordered a ready-to-ship size L and my measurements are B34 W27 H36, 5'3" 116lb, the dress fit pretty nicely and was a bit baggy/long in the bust and waist, so I probably could have gone down to a size M. I do have to say the material was thick and pretty comfortable, although the wine red color was a bit dark and leads to making you look a bit older than you are. The armholes were good and appropriately sized (unlike many other traditional or modern qipao which have TINY armholes that pinch your armpit fat for some reason?!).
I will say to EMD's credit that customer service was even appalled when they saw my pictures asking for a return, and gave me a prepaid return label / refunded me in full. Definitely TRUST this company to do the right thing if your dress has construction or workmanship defects!
Ultimately I returned this one (instead of waiting till Dec for a "new batch with a different seamstress company") and opted to purchase the Melinda dress, which is a 10/10 perfect and beautiful in size M - that one I'm keeping and soooo thrilled with!
The dress is really beautiful!! I was a little overwhelmed with the custom-sizing option (totally my bad), so went with M. I have a pear-shaped body (narrow shoulder, small waist, wide hip. I'm also particularly flat-chested). The dress fit perfectly for my hip, and I had the waist tailored in. The upper body is a bit loose, and my seamstress couldn't really touch it due to the decorative elements. It's still really gorgeous, although I wish I had gone for the custom-size option for a better fit on my top half.
Thank you, EMD!
If I wanted to show off my bump a little more I could have gotten a small. The medium was a perfect choice on being loose enough around my torso and stomach.
Well made dress that is pretty and surprisingly warm.
Im so happy with my order! The dress is such good quality and I love the deep wine red color. Ive always felt like I didn’t look in the traditional “Chinese red” color so Im thankful I had an alternative option.
Submitting my measurements was thankfully pretty straightforward. I didn’t have a professional tailor but I had my mom help me. The dress fits perfectly; my body is tricky because I’m wide in my shoulders, small in my chest and wide in my waist. Thus, I usually have to size up based on the waist but it always leaves my top looking weird. Just as a small note, if I had tried on a sample beforehand, I may have asked for the slit to be placed slightly higher than the standard 40 cm because the slit falls in this weird position near my knees when I’d rather it land in the middle of my thigh. But this is a minor detail. Also, I would suggest adding 2-3 more cm (at least) for the collar! Otherwise, you might feel like it’s pressing against your neck. But this boils down to personal preference as well, I just really hate the feeling of something pressing against my neck.
Overall, Im in love with my dress and I can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day! 7 more months!
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