Take a look at the two dresses featured in the photo above. One of those dresses is a designer brand dress that retails for close to $300. The other is available at Victoria’s Secret for about $50. Which one do you think is the pricier dress?
PhillyBurbs.com explains that the one on the left is the designer dress by Los Angeles fashion designer Bianco Nero whose work is sold through Neiman Marcus. Interestingly, I actually like the one on the right more. Go figure. I think it has terrific crochet detail and a lovely flattering shape.
A few of Nero’s other crochet pieces:
Now here’s a better question – what do you think the dresses are actually worth? Remember that crochet items can’t be made by machine. I can’t tell from these pictures if these are true crochet but if so then they were made by hand and $50 definitely seems way too cheap for a handcrafted crochet dress. To me, $300 seems closer to a fair price but of course that assumes that the crocheter is the one that gets that money, which is something you’re rarely guaranteed of when you buy crochet in the stores … which is why buying from the designer/ crafter makes the most sense.
Here are some alternative white crochet dresses available on Etsy that range in price from $70 to $700:
That said, I do love enjoying the eye candy of designer crochet like this even if I don’t necessarily advocate buying it.