Clarification of Answer by
12 Aug 2006 13:23 PDT
Hello again, hopefulfor2008-ga!
I am very sorry you were disappointed in my answer to your question.
My intent was certainly not to provide you with useless information or
"whiny" forum posts. The first forum link provided several recent
postings about wedding dress designers and suppliers that I thought
might be of interest to you in the future. I certainly did not mean to
offend you with my references!
Unfortunately, there are just not that many shows geared toward
wedding gown retail buyers in New York City! For this reason, I
expanded my search to other locations in the United States so you
would have some further options. Although I understand that you don't
want to travel, it might be worth it in the long run if you want to
attend some larger bridal gown expos.
I have found a few other shows that might be of interest to you, but
all except one are outside of New York. The industry trade links I
have posted on the bottom of my clarification have some out-of-date
links to past NYC bridal shows. Perhaps 2007 or 2008 will bring more
shows to the New York area.
Wedding Channel Couture Show - NYC
Saturday, October 14 - 17
"As a pioneer in scouting new talent and developing established
brands for the last ten years, WeddingChannel Couture Show has been a
launch pad for some of the most recognizable collections in the
market, such as Romona Keveza, Reem Acra, Anne Barge, Peter Langner,
Wearkstatt, Ines Di Santo, Siri, Debra Moreland is Paris, Erin Cole
and Henry Roth."
"Our innovative and professional venue attracts approximately 1600
retailers and press from the US and abroad. With a recent acquisition
by the nation's leading bridal registry website, WeddingChannel.com,
WeddingChannel Couture Show continues to strengthen its position in
the bridal market as the shows to see in New York."
My initial link to the Bridal Fashion Week show at the West Side Loft
is still a viable option. The West Side Loft is not merely an
"Jim Brady, owner of Loft Eleven and Penthouse 15, now has another
incredible new space called The Westside Loft. Housed in the same
building as his other venues, The Westside Loft resembles a private
residence with a fireplace, chandeliers, and a garden room with slate
floors. The Loft can hold 200 guests for sit-down dinners or 350 for
About the West Side Loft
Las Vegas The Market - International Bridal Manufacturers Association
Sept. 6-9, 2006
Las Vegas the Market now features hundreds of exhibitors representing
over 400 manufacturers, 250,000 square feet of floor space, and all
under one roof and one level. Kudos to you, the retailers, for without
you Las Vegas the Market could never happen!
List of Exhibitors
Bridal, Quinceanera & Special Occasion :
"The Bridal, Prom and Special Occasion industries shows on the 12th
floor of the World Trade Center during March, August and October
markets and in select showrooms on the 14th and 15th floors during all
five apparel markets (January, March, June, August and October).
Products include prom/pageant gowns, After 5 dresses, evening suits,
bridal gowns, mother of the bride, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl
dresses, petites, plus sizes and accessories."
AMERICASMART - FirstLOOK
August 24 - 28, 2006
"Don?t miss your first glimpse at the season?s dramatic silhouettes,
exquisite designs and elegant trends - seamlessly combined in the
epicenter of the bridal, prom, pageant and special occasion
More expos and trade shows geared toward the wedding industry can be
found on the links below.
As you can see, the shows geared toward Bridal Gown retailers are few
and far between!
The Chicago Show I highlighted in my original answer is one of the
largest. From my research, it appears that this show tends to rotate
from year to year between Chicago and New York. Pehaps it will move to
NYC again in 2007.
Bridal Trade Shows; Clothing Industry Trade Show Directory
Wedding Professionals Conferences & Tradeshows
Infomat Bridal Shows (as you can see, there are listings for past NYC
bridal shows but no others are scheduled for this year other than the
two I provided above)
- The Following fashion Events are for industry participants only.
Two forms of ID are required for entry to most Trade Shows and Runway
Shows. All dates are subject to rapid change without notice and should
be verified with respective Event Producers.
Aside from these references, I can find no other wedding gown expos
or trade shows geared toward the retail buyer within the United
States! Although I know my original answer also provided you with
links to shows for potential brides, I thought this might serve as an
additional avenue for you to "get a glimpse" of the latest fashions
that you might want to showcase in your own shop.
Does this help?