Have you ever encountered something so decadent and over the top that your heart just burst into a million pieces of confetti?
GOOD! I’m glad that we’re on the same page. :)
For the longest time, I had been a fan of Catherine D’Lish’s work. From her Swarovski crusted costumes to her over-the-top fans, I am just enamored by all of the beautiful things she has created. Her Instagram has been a joy to follow; after all, who can resist the siren song of her signature dressing gowns? If you take a look at her comments, you can see just how excited and enthralled people are by them!
If you’re looking for the pinnacle of decadence and glamour, look no further than Boudoir by D’Lish! No one else makes garments like these, and trust me, I’ve looked everywhere. Everrrrrywheeeeeere. These gowns are special; you can bet that these will never be mass-produced by any manufacturer due to cost and labor. Depending on the style, nothing is spared in regards to the yardage or the embellishments used that makes these gowns so breathtaking.
Take for example, this peachy confection. How can you say no?
All of this brings me to something that I feel is worth addressing: the price. Catherine’s voluminous, ruffly creations (the “deluxe” model, so to speak) are typically priced at $399. Most people – but not you, savvy reader! – automatically assume that anything outside their price range is “overpriced.” While the lingerie market has its share of lingerie that is truly overpriced, these gowns are not. The materials used are high-quality: Catherine uses English net or a nylon chiffon for that beautiful drape, silky heavyweight Swiss Satin ribbon for waist ties or decoration, and/or extravagant, expensive trims for that dramatic statement. And of course, you can’t forget about labor! A majority of the price can be attributed to the labor of producing this type of garment.
Catherine has offered gowns at a lower price point that come in at a budget-friendly, reasonable $249. Personally speaking, these gowns are a bit more practical – less fabric, less trims – and more suited to my own aesthetic. That being said, I honestly cannot reiterate how awesome this is! As many of you know, Catherine is highly-regarded for all of her efforts and contributions to burlesque costuming, and the fact that her work is still relatively accessible to the average person is pretty amazing, even if it requires a bit of saving.
Prior to my no-buy, I purchased the aforementioned Dusty Rose Ostrich Gown for $249, exclusive of shipping and insurance. Since I have very broad shoulders, I try to look for garments that don’t make me look like an inverted triangle. I felt that some of the other gowns would be too overwhelming on my smallish frame or make doing some basic household chores a bit difficult ;), so this one seemed perfect. The ostrich ply wasn’t too top-heavy, and it looked like it’d give me the silhouette that I was looking for.
In regards to construction, this gown is nicely made. Although the edges are unfinished which is by no means a detriment (I actually prefer them unfinished on on this material; a traditional or rolled hem/bias binding/anything of that sort would be unnecessarily bulky or distracting), Catherine uses french seams to finish her seams. The seams on the body, as well as the seams in the sleeve, are encased in themselves. This is by far one of my favorite seam finishes ever, one that I vastly prefer in most applications, to an overlocked finish. It gives a tidy, neat finish to the garment.
Prior to my purchase, I had contacted Catherine via her web form questions. I was shocked to receive a response from her – not an employee (!?) – almost immediately. From there, we had a really lovely chat. I always get a bit nervous emailing anyone who is well-known, but Catherine is just so warm and unbelievably kind, even to big nobodies like me. The customer service she provided was almost an experience in and of itself. Yes, I know how borderline ridiculous that sounds, but it really felt like I was actually making this purchase in-person with her despite being thousand of miles away. It’s kind of hard to explain, but there was this je ne sais quoi about the entire transaction that just left such a positive, strong impression on me.
To say that I look forward to my next purchase with Catherine is an understatement. I honestly can’t wait to get another one of her gowns! I’m starting a new training program tomorrow, and at the end of 6 weeks, if I stick with it, I will reward myself with another D’Lish delight. :D
All items in this post were purchased by me. Catherine D’Lish did not ask for a review. No affiliate links were used.