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A blend of red and gold lace paired with intricate pankou knots, this dress will naturally add a dash of elegance to your tea ceremony and make you feel like you're wearing a custom qipao (cheongsam) worth a billion dollars without costing you a fortune.
This dress comes in a standard size with the option to upgrade to a custom size.
This dress is named after Melinda Gates, an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. She co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband Bill Gates, the world's largest private charitable organization.
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This dress is super beautiful when you see it in person! The material itself is high quality and so well made. I was looking for a type of red that wasn't too bright and the Melinda dress has the perfect shade of a deeper red. I felt very classy and elegant while wearing this for my tea ceremony! Overall fit was great and I feel the size chart was accurate. I'm usually size 8-10 for regular dresses (athletic body type with a fuller chest) and a 2XL fit well for me for the most part. It was just a little loose on me around the waist area but having extra room was helpful when kneeling down/getting up/sitting. The material is also a bit stretchy too! Family and friends also adored the dress and I recommended them East Meets Dress to check out all their beautiful selections and styles for qipaos for their own weddings :)
Overall service is fantastic. I actually decided super last minute to pick a nicer dress (was about to just wear a simple red dress from Amazon!) and sooo glad that I went with East Meets Dress. They assured me throughout prompt email communications on the status and shipping date of my dress. I received the dress one week before my tea ceremony!
When I first discovered East Meets Dress, I had my eye on it and was committed to having it as my tea ceremony dress. When we started to add up all the costs, I decided I needed to budget where I could so I decided to go with another place. That dress didn't make it to my house and was "lost." I took it as a sign that East Meets Dress was meant to be for me. So, I went ahead and booked the Melinda Dress and I loved every moment with them. They checked in my size and recommended a larger size. I was a little nervous, but when it arrived and I put it on, I automatically fell so hard in love with it. The material was heavy-duty. The lace work was in gold and shined in the sunlight. The color isn't bright red, but a nice subtle, fall-y red. It wrapped around my body like it was altered and fitted just for me without having to get it actually fitted. Everyone at the wedding adored it and now I have a long line of people waiting to borrow it from me. The hair pieces I received were in perfect condition, but they are fragile as one of my butterfly pieces did fall off when we placed it in my hair. Everyone also loved my husband's dragon tie that works well with the Melinda dress. They kept asking where I got it, and of course, I had to tell them, EAST MEETS DRESS! Don't go anywhere else!
Bonus points: The elders approved of it! They had a lot of doubts!
I initially was only going to wear my white wedding dress for my reception, but at the last minute, decided to order a cheongsam. Due to the limited time I had (1 .5 months), my only option was to order from the standard size cheongsams, and the Melinda one was my favorite! Based off their measurements, I initially ordered the size XL with expedited shipping. It came so quick, I want to say within the week after I ordered the dress! (I live in SoCal so could also be why it arrived extremely quickly) However, the XL size was definitely too big for me, haha. For reference, I'm more pear-shaped, generally wear size S for tops and and M/L (size 6-8) for bottoms. I knew the top was going to be loose, but the material has some good stretch to it, so the whole dress was a little looser than I would have liked.
I debated between just tailoring the dress as-is, or whether I should even attempt to exchange it given the lack of time I had before my wedding. I decided to message customer service and they were SO sweet and SO helpful! They let me exchange it and even sent the new dress via expedited shipping also! The L size dress also came within a week and it fit WAY better! Given the fact that this wasn't a bespoke, custom measured dress, the dress actually fit REALLY well! I only had to get the top part taken in a little at the alterations shop, which was short and simple for the seamstress to do.
At my wedding, I got SOOO many compliments on this dress! Like, literally more compliments on this dress than my white wedding dress LOL! And my husband loved it too ;) I felt so beautiful in this dress, and it was ridiculously comfortable! I am so glad I bought this gorgeous dress through EMD. The quality of the dress was top-notch, and the customer service is stellar. I cannot recommend this company and their dresses enough! Thank you EMD for everything!
Melinda Dress | Wine Red Lace Qipao
Beyond thrilled with this qipao and the level of customer service from EMD! I originally ordered a standard size on 06/02/21, but due to my height (5'8") the team recommended I upgrade to a custom size qipao, and I'm so glad they did - otherwise, it would have hit me right at calf-length instead. Sole was extremely communicative and transparent and after going back and forth with me over email correspondence on all the questions I had (and I had plenty), I placed the order for the upgrade on 06/20/21. The dress arrived way ahead of schedule 1 month later on 07/23/21. The dress is super well-made; my future MIL took one glance at it and gave a swift, approving nod and that speaks volumes for me already. Can't wait to wear this for my wedding!! Thank you so much, EMD!
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