sites will make your prom, pageant, and social occasion gown shopping
many gowns, so little time. With prom season rapidly approaching,
and the time to choose a gown shrinking, you are about to have the
options available to you greatly expanded. This article hopes to
both broaden your choices by presenting web sites with hundreds
of gowns to choose from, and to narrow your options by presenting
only the nation's leading designers. By the time you are finished
reading this article (and visiting the web sites), you should have
a good idea of the type of gown that you are interested in.
Maybe you have already visited www.promtime.info and gotten an overview
of what style of gown you like. The PromTime web site displays all
of the gowns you see in the 2004
Fashion Showcase. When you click on the gown you like in the
Fashion Showcase, it will take you to a page where you can obtain
contact information for that manufacturer. The manufacturers who
have their own websites have a link on the contact page that you
can "click and go" to visit their site. At some point
you're going to choose that one special dress... and that is where
these sites come in.
on the underlined web address or the photo of the web page
to visit that site.
you are able to enter the Alberto Makali site you must first
have the latest Macromedia Flash 6 plugin installed. A link
is provided on the splash page. Once inside the site you are
presented with several options: "The Collections," "Company
Info," "Regional Representatives," "Show Schedule," and "Links."
Click on "The Collections" and the site comes to life with
fashionable animation which is organized into four categories:
Blouses, Evenings, Sportswear, and Outerwear. All of the areas
load quickly with thumbnail size images so you can see the
exclusive collections at a glance. Clicking on any of the
thumbnail images displays a very large, detailed photo of
that style. You can then browse through the entire collection
at this larger view. The site features its showcased fashions
within beautiful haute couture locales.
At the time of this review, the much anticipated 2004 collection
was being updated. When the new changes do occur, a store
link directory for consumers will also be included.
When you first enter Alyce Designs' web site you are
presented with seven different collections to choose from.
At the very top of the page is "Alyce Prom." This is surely
where you will want to start if you are looking for a prom
gown, but don't feel limited to just that collection. Depending
on your taste, you could find a gown appropriate for prom
in any of their collections.
The gowns for all of Alyce's collections are presented in
the same, fast-loading and user friendly manner. Clicking
on any gown at the top of the page will display it quickly
in the larger viewing area beneath it. You can print out a
picture of the gown you desire and take it to a local retail
store to find out the color choices and size options. Finding
a local retailer is made easy by clicking on the "Find
a Store" button on the main menu page. Simply select
the state you live in from the pop-down menu, and it will
then display a list of retailers in your state arranged alphabetically
by city. If the retail store has a web site of their own,
that link is provided along with an e-mail link.
by Debra's web site features their entire 2004 catalog and
over 230 of their gown designs. The extensive thumbnails are
large enough to get an idea of the style, and clicking on
the thumbnail takes you to a much larger photo.
�he site also features a store listing organized by state.
Simply click on your state's name and see all the retail store
listings for that state. If there are no retailers in your
area or none close to you, Attitudes provides a "super link,"
i.e. retail stores where you can special-order your dress
and have it shipped to you.
designs' elegant and simple web design puts the emphasis on
their gowns. The main areas are "Evening," "Special Occasion,"
"Informal," and "Bridal," which link to Avanti's parent-company
web site Private Label by G, featuring their Ginza bridal
the site is very orderly. For example, in the "Find a Store"
area, once you select your state, the results are returned
in alphabetical order based on the city's name. Also present
is the phone number, and a MapQuest logo which, when you click
on it, will open a new window with a detailed map showing
you where to go.
coolest feature on the site though, has to be the digital
postcards. You can send your favorite Avanti Design dresses
to anyone who can receive email! When you click on a dress
that you like, click on the "send as digital card" button.
Just click on it and enter a friend's email address, and they
will be notified that an Avanti Design digital postcard is
waiting for them. It's free and easy, and a perfect way to
share the perfect outfit.
web site for Claire's Collection has long touted the many
gowns they have designed for celebrities. After the splash
page Flash animation, Cindy Crawford is the latest Supermodel
to don their gowns, and the first of the many Hollywood elite
to be presented in Claire's gowns on the site. They are pictured
on Hollywood's elite at such prestigious events as The Golden
Globe Awards and The 2003 Emmy awards. Their designs are also
worn by the hostesses of such TV mainstays as The Price is
Right, Entertainment Tonight, and Wheel of Fortune.
Claire's Collection includes many other areas of interesting
content including "Fashion Tips" which provides good advice
on such topics as their bridal gown philosophy, upcoming color
trends, and an impressive array of their pageant gowns on
winners and celebrities. In their "The Dish" area, you'll
be able to read their take on celebrity fashion trends.
To see all of Claire's Collection fashions, you'll want to
click on "The Gallery" area. Here you can click on page after
page of their designs. The "Fashion Show" area will let you
view gowns from runway shows in an animated format that presents
several images at a time. To see live motion, click on their
"Video" link, which features a video of their fashions. You
will need windows Media Player to view this video.
site features their many and varied lines, such as Pageant,
Special Occasion, Social, Bridal, and Bridesmaid. Cir� is
where you'll find the Landa prom designs. There are plenty
of gowns to choose from in this line. The gowns are conveniently
grouped together in small photos which represent pages from
their catalog. These thumbnails can then be clicked on to
view larger photos of the gowns as well as style numbers,
a drop-down menu with the color options for each style, and
size options. This page also features "size picker," a handy
chart to help you decide which size is best for you. It even
gives guidelines for determining your best fit for a particular
type of dress.
Their store list is one of the speediest store-finders around.
Arranged in frames, a click on your states' abbreviation will
instantly pull up a list of all the retail stores in that
Gala Prom is a division of Mon Cheri Bridals. The new site
for the Le Gala Prom line features a fresh "today" look featuring
eight different collections.
on "LeGala Prom" will take you to a new page where you can
see their latest prom designs. This page features thumbnail
size photos of the gowns with style numbers. It even has a
handy "Select a Style" pop-down menu that will let you navigate
directly to a specific gown if you know the style number.
If you don't know the style number, simply scroll through
until you see one that you like, and clicking on it will bring
up a larger view which also lists the colors, sizes, and fabrics
that are available for that particular design.
Their store locator has a list menu for both the U.S. and
Canada, which are searchable by state or province. If you
find a store carrying the line you like and they have a web
site, the site provides a link on the listing page.
Collections by Putros Couture www.mariascollections.com
Collections is the prom division of Putros Couture. Their gowns
are featured in fairly large thumbnail images, even on your
initial look at them. Each gown is pictured with the style number
under it. The site's larger images pop up in a new window, accompanied
by style number, color, and size options. Credit applications
and order forms are also available online in PDF format. If
you would like to receive a free catalog, simply fill out their
Mystique is the prom division
of Bonny MT. The first look you'll get of Mystique's gowns are
the upper-torso thumbnail images you'll see on the "gowns" page.
These images are a nice size to see detail and make your selection.
When you see the gown you prefer, and click on it for a closer
view and more info, you will be greeted by an image that is
about 5 inches by 9 inches showing the gown in great detail.
This page also features the style number, fabric options, color
options and available sizes. It also has a link conveniently
placed underneath to find a store near you, or you may also
request a catalog.
Upon entering Party
Time Formals web site you are given the option of viewing
the Prom/Pageant line, the Princess Collection, or Suits which
appear in the "Select Catalogue" pop down menu. If you already
know the style number of the gown you want, you can also go
directly there at this time. The Prom/Pageant line alone features
140 items. The Princess Collection holds another 51. Clicking
on a gown you like will take you to a new window which lists
the style number, style description (name), available sizes
and colors, as well as a size chart.
Once you find the gown you are looking for, go to the "Store
Locator" to find a retailer in your area. The stores are organized
by state, with cities and phone numbers listed for each retailer.
PromTime.info is a division
of Pageantry and PromTime magazines. The main
part of PromTime.info is a direct reflection of the showcase,
presenting the evening wear as it appears within the magazine.
When a web site visitor clicks on a particular page or featured
design, the gowns will display according to their respective
manufacturer for easy reference. After you discover the dress
of your dreams and wish for contact and purchase information,
simply click on the manufacturer's name, and then, if you
really, really, like the gown, look for store information
to purchase the gown by being directed to the manufacturer's
personal site by clicking on their company name, which is
a url link to their home location.
In addition to the fashion showcase, you may find all of the
major prom articles from the publication(s), including hair
styles for the big night, makeover makeup tips, and staging
advice for producing the perfect event, whether a prom or
pageant. Also, a PromTime checklist is included so
you don't forget a thing while planning your perfect evening.
PromTime.info should be your number one source for all social
Studio 17 is a division
of Tiffany Designs. The "Fall 2003 - Prom" collection features
over 100 photos. Each style shows a front and a back view
of the gown.
Clicking on a thumbnail of each style will take you to a very
large photo of the gown (approximately 7 inches by 9 inches),
with the style number and colors displayed on each.
Crown Collection is the pageant division of Bonny MT. The
Crown Collection has much the same look as Mystique's site,
including the upper-torso thumbnail images you'll see on the
"gowns" page. These images are a nice size to see detail and
make your selection. When you see the gown you prefer, and
click on it for a closer view and more info, you will be greeted
by an image that is about 5 inches by 9 inches showing the
gown in great detail. This page also features the style number,
fabric options, color options and available sizes. It also
has a link placed under it to find a store near you. You may
search for the store by either your city, or state.
Tiffany Designs is an
exclusive line which is distributed by specially selected
retail stores. Like Studio 17, Tiffany Designs Collection
features over 100 photos with a front and a back view of the
gown for each style shown. Tiffany also offers a unique store
finder. After you select your state in the list menu, it offers
a second menu so you can tell it which city you are in. This
is an easy way to find the location nearest you.
Clicking on a thumbnail of a style will take you to a very
large photo of the gown (approximately 7 inches by 9 inches),
with the style number and colors displayed on each.
Other areas were "Frequently Asked Questions," and "Online
Services." The "Online Services" area is for retailers only.
This is a powerful service for retailers and allows them to
check inventory, place orders, and check confirmations.
Victor Rossi presents
elegant, yet functional designer formal and evening wear appropriate
for prom, pageants, and many other formal occasions. Victor
Rossi presents his catalog with large sized thumbnail images
which let you click to see a larger view.
�Clicking on "Designers Corner," Victor gives a run-down of
Fashion Tips with what to look for in 2003 from colors and
celebrities to watch, as well as which accessories will be
hottest. This page also has a link to the "VR Web lounge"
a collection of links, pointing you to everything from news
and weather to the best fashion sites.
The "Design Center" features an online form requesting your
personal details and measurements. Victor can then create
a custom gown for you from the design of your choosing. It
also features an 18-point measurement chart with illustrations
telling you how to measure each area.
above sites, along with the www.PromTime.info web site, are wonderful
places to search for the gown of your dreams. A good thing to do
when you visit these manufacturers' sites is to print out the page
of the gown you're interested in and take it to your local retail
store. This printout, with the gown photo, style number, sizes,
and color choices available, is a great way to ensure you get exactly
the dress you want for your next big event.