More Knockoff Nuptials

Bridal designer Vera Wang, who recently added Chelsea Clinton to her silk-swathed sisterhood, has called the march down the aisle every woman's red carpet.  And where there's a celebrated red carpet design, ABS by Allen Schwartz is there to knock it off.  It's as predictable as ants at a picnic.

Sure enough, just a day after the exclusive event, ABS announced that it would be offering a version of not only Chelsea's wedding gown but Hillary's Oscar de la Renta as well.  (Who knew that our sometime sartorially stunted Secretary of State would one day become a fashion "inspiration" in her own right?)  Perhaps a line of lavender bridesmaids' dresses will be available for those who'd like to knock off the Clinton-Mezvinsky nuptials in their entirety.  

Were Allen Schwartz to look up from his frantic production of knockoffs and even more frantic production of press quotes, he might note that his efforts are part of a long history of attempts to copy society wedding gowns despite efforts to keep such ceremonies private.  In The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton painted a similar scene involving an awning that extended from the curb to the door of the church, shielding the bride from onlookers:

The idea of doing away with this awning, and revealing the bride to the mob of dressmakers and newspaper reporters who stood outside fighting to get near the joints of the canvas, exceeded even old Catherine's courage, though for a moment she had considered the possibility.  "Why, they might take a photograph of my child and put it in the papers!" Mrs. Welland exclaimed when her mother's last plan was hinted to her; and from this unthinkable indecency the entire clan recoiled with a collective shudder.   
That was 1920.  And yes, folks, it's still legal in the U.S. for copyists who manage to get a look to sell knockoffs -- pending possible passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act.  

So much for Vera's legit licensing deal with popularly priced David's Bridal, which presumably hoped to cash in on the Clinton wedding cache itself.

P.S.  Photos to follow -- Allen's presumably still stitching!