I like it when the models are standing straight up and down — it means I can actually see the dresses

You know what is truly fantastic? Ill tell you: When I come across a designer’s web page that doesn’t use all manner of Flash, so I can actually pull some images without having to resort to PrtScn–>Paint–>The Gimp. Jesus Peiro, I thank you for your use of plain old jpegs!


Damn, that is just gorgeous — perfect for those looking for a little shoulder and décolletage coverage. I usually like a little more flare in the hips, but if you’ve got kind of a flat tummy (or some super foundation garments) why ruin a good straight line? I think the classic simplicity is what I love best.

This is, um, a little busy

I dislike this dress as much as I do like the one above. No, wait, scratch that. I only think I dislike this dress, seeing as that I can’t be too sure. Maybe it’s just the way the model is sitting all scrunched up like that, but it looks like there are all sorts of crazy gauzy bits hanging off her back, her arms, and possibly even her frontal areas. Or maybe her mischievous younger brother jammed her train down the bodice?

Well played, Jesus

Now this one I love. It would be just too perfect for an outdoorsy, gardenish, not-to-formal affair in the springtime or summer. If the temperature becomes uncomfortable, the bride can slip out of her sheer coat and enjoy feeling the sun on her (one hopes thoroughly sunblocked) shoulders. My mamman always did advise me to wear layers when moving from indoors to outdoors and back again.

It’s always amused me that one designer can group dresses so lovely and dresses so odd looking into a single collection. In much the same way, I am amused when I see bridals in lovely — or at the very least, normal — poses grouped with models who are smelling their own armpits or hunched over or curled up into little frothy white balls.

I mean really now, Mr. Peiro and all of the other gownmakers, how on earth are we supposed to scrutinize the dresses we’ve come to your web sites to examine?

(Hey! Where’s the sweepstakes?! Right here, yo.)

13 Responses to “I like it when the models are standing straight up and down — it means I can actually see the dresses”

  1. Melissa B. says:

    So many, many things are bizarre in the world of wedding dress photography. For instance, why are so few of the models smiling? Aren’t brides supposed to be happy?

    That said, I love dresses 1 and 3.

  2. Dianasaur says:

    That’s funny, when I saw the second dress, without yet reading what you wrote, I said, “Ooh I love that, wait, I can’t really tell what it looks like.”

  3. Twistie says:

    I hate the pose on that second one. How can you tell whether it’s a glorious fantasy concoction or a godawful trainwreck? You can’t, and it’s all because the only photo of it – while a perfectly nice photo in and of itself – doesn’t give us enough clues to judge the gown.

    And Melissa, once again we are being brain twins. It drives me nuts when bridal gowns are paired with the requisite model ‘fierce’ expression. I really wouldn’t want a wedding gown that might cause me to develop lazerbeam eyes and lay waste to the reception if the florist delivers the wrong shade of hydrangeas. Being considered a bridezilla wouldn’t have been fun, but being called Godzilla with any sort of good reason would really blow. Of course, it’s possible I’ve taken the concept a bit further than you did.

    But I digress.

    Love the third gown. Wish the model was smiling.

  4. Little Red says:

    Both #1 & #3 are great! #1 is so clean and modern looking without being silly.

  5. JaneC says:

    Can I get #3 in pink or blue or green and in non-wedding-ish fabric? Because that would be awesome. I would love to wear a dress like that, but I have no more use for a wedding dress.

  6. Melissa B. says:

    Sign me up for the non-wedding version of Dress 3 too, JaneC — I know it would become my go-to “evening out” dress. I’d arrange to have more evenings out if it meant wearing such a cool outfit!

    Back on the “models look funny in wedding dresses” front, has anyone else found that they are more likely to like a gown if the model is smiling, or if they’ve seen the gown on a real bride? For example, I’m not a huge Maggie Sottero fan (too much sparkly stuff and taffeta for me) but I love that their website shows real brides wearing their dresses — they always look so much prettier than the overstyled models!

  7. Stephanie says:

    That first girl is NOT standing up straight. I don’t understand why they can’t get the models not be hunched over!

  8. When you’re right, you’re right, Stephanie! But you have to admit that she’s standing a lot taller than many model brides.

  9. Twistie says:

    Actually, models are trained specifically to do that odd hunching thing. It’s considered terribly couture…but it mostly makes me worry that they’ve developed osteoperosis at a very young age.

  10. Danielle says:

    Love the gowns, stunning.

  11. Johanna says:

    Oh mi gosh. That last one, I think I’m going to Have To copy that top layer, as I’ve been planning a knee-length dress with the problem of too much bare skin above my nipples if the balance is kept nicely with the top and bottom coverage.

    Maybe with a bit more frills at the hem and a colored sash… humm, yeah, thanks a million for that pic! (I’ve gotten tired of browsing the flash-sites, too.)

  12. Alice says:

    I’ve been looking at his dresses on his site and they are all gorgeous, especially the 2009 collection which is handy as I’m not gettting married till next year. Haven’t had time to visit any dress shops and would rather lose some weight which might help me get back the body shape I was a couple of years ago first. I think that that will be the biggest factor in whether a dress will suit…. But does anyone know a vague price estimate for his dresses? A guess-timate even?

  13. Alice: According to one boutique site I found, Jesus Peiro gowns typically cost between 1,500 and 3,500 euros, retail.