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Flip That Dress

A local design team turns two mass-market gowns into one-of-a-kind creations.


The Transformers: Saukok Chu Tiampo and Carmen Ho, founders of the 57Grand bridal label and showroom (250 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 804; 212-302-1604; 57grand.com)


Challenge 1: Make a plain gown glamorous.
Dress No. 1: Ann Taylor Olivia open-back gown, $550, at anntaylor.com.
The Transformation: 57Grand tweaked Ann Taylor’s chic but basic column gown by converting the bateau neckline into a V-neck, replacing the high keyhole back with a low double tie, and incorporating godets—triangles of fabric—to create volume. The duo also added a removable belt with stitched magnolia flowers in silver and gold thread, lending a hint of shine to the formerly matte gown. “This is perfect for New York because it’s dramatic,” says Tiampo, “but the bride can still get in and out of a cab in it.”
Total cost, with alterations: $1,000

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