100 thoughts on “Buying a Knockoff of My Own Dress: An Educated Roast (actual fire used for Scientific Purposes)

  1. Altering and mending is cool. Everything looks better if you can alter it correctly. Except I have early long arms, so making it yourself looks better. And lasting… I recently inherited a skirt with viscose from my mother that she made 30 years ago and it is gorgeous! I needed to replace the zipper, because rust is a thing, but I am so happy she found it in the storage boxes in the attic.

  2. I totally agreed with sewing is a basic and necessary skill! I have been saying this (to no one) for years! I agree that we should be able to mend and alter our clothes. I’m frustrated that I can’t find any place where I can learn that. I’ve gone so far as to spend good money to learn pattern making, but doesn’t help me in mending or making pattern that fits me. Haha, I digress! I too struggle with buying better quality clothes and not contributing to fast fashion. It’s a process with a lot of learning curve. I think it really comes down to consumer power. If we boycott the stores that sells other designers’ work without credit or fast fashion in general, these companies will have to change their behavior. Their bottom line is to make money, whatever way possible. If we learn basic skills in mending and alterations and make smarter and more thoughtful purchases (in all areas of our lives, not just clothing), we benefit not just our environment but the quality of our lives.

  3. Did any of you feel a sort of…I dunno–ghoulish delight yet pitying dread for the foolish perpetrators when Ms. BB first hinted at and then wound up for her tongue-lashing? Her use of "anon…" gave me goose bumps and left me giggling: "Oh THIS is gonna be good!" 
    My god, if I were the target of her sarcastic-wit for a stupid I did, I seriously think I'd have to go into seclusion in some forgotten fabric monastery in the deep mountains, do penance by hand sewing 1001 prayer shawls, and take vows to forever crusade against such shenanigans! Such foolish mortals!

  4. I am so sorry that happened to you, it's dispicable what these companies do and get away with.
    Thank you ever so much for turning this into a learning opportunity, I really appreciated how much information you fit in here, and I really think we as a society need to start paying attention to construction and quality in general but especially clothing. I will be sending this video to everyone I know who sews and makes clothing, because of your informative style of communication, And how educational it was. Thank you again, I really appreciate that you took the time to expose this.

  5. OMG I have severe scoliosis as well! I had the surgery so I’m less crooked but it’s nice to meet someone like me 🙂

  6. All I can say is well done you. This is an amazing video and you are so succinct and expressive. I wish this could be part of everyone's education. Your passion shines through.

  7. Thanks for sharing this experience. I seriously doubt these knockoff makers will see much profit from their work. But yes, as has been commented, watermark your work. I know to your perfectionist sensibilities it sort of compromises the view, but it will help to at least slow down the copycats. I always try to remember that virtually ANYTHING shown online is “copy-bait.” And you nailed it: the copied dress looks like one of those bagged costumes sold at your local party store at Halloween. Makes me long for the days where I would see a tag in my clothing from ILGWU…International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and commercials where the ladies were singing their song: “….so look for the Union label.” The clothing was primarily made in the U.S., along with other countries too, but the ILGWU label signified a quality of workmanship, fair pay and good working conditions.

  8. Considering you brought up learning to make one’s own wardrobe as opposed to buying from fast fashion, I want to ask: how can one get over the hurdle of failure when starting out? I’ve tried sewing in the past, but the messy results, my struggles with sewing machines, and the thought of wasted money, time, and resources drained whatever motivation I might’ve had, and turned me off of trying again. It’s a terrible habit I have—expecting perfection immediately or else it’s worthless—and I desperately need assistance to break out of it.

    Sewing and mending specifically I have no patience for doing these days, but part of me does want to pick up the skill again, especially since I lack the money to commission handcrafted outfits, but I fear that the price of failure would far outweigh the benefits.

  9. Thank you for using this as a teachable moment! Fast fashion is an absolute nightmare, as those of us trying to live a low-waste lifestyle know all too well…

    I have always had rudimentary sewing skills, but your videos have inspired me to mend the clothes I’ve been too scared to touch. I realized that I didn’t have to be scared, I could use the mending projects as a learning opportunity! I was able to mend the strap on the dress I wore as my wedding rehearsal gown, and now it is back in my closet sparking so much joy. There were happy tears. Thank you for being awesome, Bernadette! 💖

  10. This is why I didnt quit my day job when sewing medieval and larp clothes/kit as commissions. Costs, time and no one understands the actual price of a garment.

  11. When I see this sort of stuff, the first thing I think about was really the poor souls who had to labour in making something out of one image. I pity them, truly.

  12. For the plastic fabric may I suggest a dress up garment for small children. It is what a dress up piece would be made of in a store anyway. As a dress up piece it could be a good way for that fabric to help create beautify imaginative memories. It is also going to be more likely handed down to other children.

  13. Well met! It breaks my heart to see artists being taken advantage of. You took an amazingly dignified approach at breaking down down this business and product. I found it very insightful.
    Thank you for all your hard work, as always.
    I tip my bonnet to you.

  14. Looking online MissLook seem to be based in the US and outsourced to China for manufacturing. They have lots if different designs, sujzing us either too large or too small depending on the review. Some like them, some hate them, some accept price and quality are connected.
    As to originals, you find clothing passed on down to heirs in wills.
    Me, I buy cotton poplin or wool and make my own clothing, never liked wearing plastic, or sleeping in/on plastic. It doesn't take too long to sew by hand if you don't mind using running stitch, I do and find my dresses last for years even with the seams done using simple running stitch. Using a fairly basic design and shaping using darts (can be altered if body size changes) or belts, tabards/scapulas totally change an outfit, cuffs/collars can be added or removed.

  15. Hey Bernadette! I absolutely love your content and agree with a lot of your philosophies and advice, but almost all of it was something I have never heard before, some of it even contrasting information I have formerly been presented with and it leaves me with a ton of questions. I am someone who cares about my impact on the planet and the world, so any answers would be appreciated <3. Warning in advance – forgive my sheer ignorance
    1) Why are you strongly against synthetic fabrics? Personally, I am not extremely uncomfortable in them and I prefer to avoid buying silk and wool for ethical reasons, so even that quite restricts my options. From what I've heard, machine produced synthetic fabrics, reduce the environmental impact that other more natural resources have when it comes to production. Is it just that when they end up in landfills they don't decompose? Or are there more reasons?
    2) Aren't machine stitched fabrics more efficient? Of course good tailors will never be out of work, but with the human population burgeoning the way it is, I feel like we should be welcoming automation in industries that can provide more resources efficiently, at (what I have heard) a lower cost to the environment, freeing people up for more skilled labor that would reward education.
    3) I am currently a student, and don't have a lot of financial resources to my name. I'm not too much of a materialist, but when it comes to books and clothes only, I like shopping. My university has a culture of dressing up in general. Is there a way to follow your advice without looking like you're repeating outfits which are not in style, and thus giving off the impression you don't put much effort into your clothing? You look so effortlessly chic but I feel like if I tried, I'd fail miserably. I can't spend too much either, so fast fashion and thrift stores to me are a true blessing.

    Thanks a ton if you see this! I know it was an essay, phew.

  16. Sorry to see this, it happened to me earlier in my career. It illustrates why we need FAIR trade, not just free trade: creating and innovating is difficult and expensive, copying is cheap and easy. Trump is a jerk. He really is. But at least he is attempting to address the issue rather than sitting on his thumbs like his predecessors.

  17. I've seen at least 15 sites selling historical reproduction clothes using stolen photos. For some reason I get their ads all the time. I used them to save photos for inspiration but at first I was very tempted to buy something. 30€ for a medieval dress sounds amazing! Thankfully I realised it was too good to be true.
    If I try to go on those sites now they are all down. They'll just spring up with a new name soon after 😔

  18. Well, you just combined two of my passions into one video: historical fashion and sustainable fashion. It's sickening (and simultaneously unsurprising, which makes it so much worse) that that manufacturer completely ripped off your gorgeous work and then completely missed the point of it, on every level. I'm really glad you did this video and brought these issues to light.

  19. I have found goodonyou.eco to be a great tool for looking into the human rights and environmental ethics of garment companies.

  20. I know I'm late here, but someone needs to procure various originals from actual ethical designers, and knockoffs from unethical online websites, possibly in order to make an art installation at a museum to demonstrate the pitfalls of fast fashion to the general public. Perhaps if people could see the comparisons of quality side by side, they would think twice before throwing their money at dubious fashion websites and the like. Add in some statistics regarding the wastefulness of the fast fashion industry, and maybe people will listen.

  21. As a non-english speaker I juste adore listen to your video. You've such a beautiful English and beautiful sewing skill.. I hope you will keep doing your video for a long time ! Have a great week end 🙂

  22. Rush limbaugh sells a stand up for bettsey ross shirt that he does not profit from. the proceeeds pay off the mortgages of fallen soldiers and first responders. it was a redponse to kapernich and nike anyway. the producing company also makes all the hats for major leaugue baseball teams. anyway within a day there were over 300 knockoff sites. some of them charged 1500 dollars on your credit card. please no political harasement. what bernadette said can happen to anyone is my point.

  23. If you look back, you can still see trends for decades in recent years. We can see an outfit and say, "That is clearly from the 90s."

    As a general rule with my family, I try to buy from thrift stores, and when that fails we buy clothes and wear them until they wear our or they're outgrown. What we don't wear out is given back to the thrift shop or to a charity that gives clothes to those who can't afford to buy them.

    I've taken the jeans and shorts we wore out and turned them into purses and other things. It's a fun challenge to try.

  24. The sad thing is just how many of us can't afford or even have access to decently made clothes. To be honest, I don't think I've even seen a truly well-made dress (obviously better tries than the one you show, but point still stands) or one actually made by a craftsman in my life, and that's just reality for many people. Most people live on wages that just don't allow them to buy a dress at actual cost, like you put it, even if they stopped paying for any food or rent for a month, and savings have all but disappeared for the working poor. The thing that always gets to me in arguments about not buying fast fashion and how you shouldn't support it, is that a lot of people have no choice but to support it. Even though it costs more on the long term, many people just can't afford to shell out the initial cost at any point. Wages are set with the idea that you'll buy fast fashion in mind.

  25. I am so glad that this video came into my recommendations. I love your comportment and mannerisms. I am so here for this elegant dragging.

  26. On the topic of paying attention to the things we wear, I took a pair of shoes to a local shoe repair. i COULDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS ONLY $15! For full cleaning and new heel soles to be put on! There are so many resources out there and most are much closer and affordable than people think!

  27. 2:26 – 2:30 Now hold a moment, fair Bernadette. Such bold ferocity dwells within? Such sharpness! I would have brought a fan to my viewing had I known.
    Otherwise: Wow did anyone else swoon there?

  28. China is NOT our friend! You, my dear, as an authentic victim, are now an example of what China has been allowed to do to the entire United States, enabled by our former and current politicians. I hate to be political on your site, but changes are coming, soon to be revealed. GREAT VIDEO!! ❤❤❤

  29. This is the reason why I'm so sad when someone ask me to make garments for free just because they are an acquaintance. It took the same amount of ideas, study and energy to make a garment. So please appreciate every garment and the one who made it 😥

  30. Her roasting and ranting in this is the most eloquent best said version of going against fast fashion. Literally why I thrift or try to make my own clothes❤️ thanks for sharing this Bernadette

  31. Yes! Sewing is a vital and necessary life skill! I had a whole argument with some of my male friends. We were watching The Amazing Spiderman and Peter Parker was sewing his costume. The lads were like: "Why is it that people in these superhero movies always know how to sew???"
    My response: "because it's a BASIC LIFE SKILL!"
    lads: "no it's not. We don't know how to sew"
    Me: "so what happens when you tear a hole in your jeans or pop a button off a shirt? Make your mommy fix it for you?"
    Lads: "nah, wear it like that or get new ones"
    Me: "you heathens!!!"

  32. I once saw a video of Chinese knockoff prom dresses with the photo by the manufacturer next to the photo of the customer wearing the actual dress she received, looking like a clown. I laughed til I cried.

  33. In norway we still have a culture for proper clothing construction and craftmanship when it comes to our folk costumes (bunad), the blouses underneath are cotton or linen, the dresses are usually 100% wool, with some having silk details. This is hand made (mine was made by my great aunt who has been making these professionally since she was a teenager) and even with «family discount» it came to about 30’000kr (about 3,2k dollars) for the ensemble. Yes, it is expensive, but the dress lasts you from you are 15 years old till death (if you don’t gain major weight, that is. Minor physical changes are of course thought of and the dresses are made to be able to be taken in or taken out accordingly as you get older) and can be used for any big occasion or event, so think of how many times you would buy a new dress for a party, a birthday, a christening, a fancy work event, a wedding etc. If you have something properly made and beautiful that you can use again and again throughout your life, the cost per wear is significantly lower than for those dresses you wear once or twice.

    Right now I’m a poor student and don’t even have much time to sew at all, much less the money for materials, but my goal is to one day create a base wardrobe for myself, with handmade, quality items in good fabrics I love, that I will use for years and years.

  34. This is why I buy things that are timeless, good quality, and appeal to ME, and then…KEEP them. 😮 gasp Plus raid my mother’s closet from the 70/80s. 😅 I personally hate the idea of being a slave to fashion trends.

  35. Wow… minimum wage is $15 dollars in New York… 🙃 it's $7.50 where I'm at smh.. Anyway I love your work and I aspire to achieve such greatness.😄

  36. You truly are a Consulting Fashion Detective! You could have called this A Study in Scarlet. Well done Lady Sherlock!

  37. I totally agree that everyone should be able to sew. It always baffles me when people ask me to sew their buttons back on or to borrow needles from me, how can you not have a needle and some thread in your house and attach your button yourself? Also, I make an effort to buy all of my clothing second hand and I also have a lot of stuff from my mom, aunt and other relatives and I haven't had trouble with a piece of clothing from my mom's generation or even my grandma's generation, while the fast fashion I have bought a few years back has stains and threads coming lose. I never understood the concept of fashion trends and I don't have to understand everything but I just don't get the idea of buying clothes every month and throwing them away when you've worn them a couple of times.

  38. You can leave bad feedback for the dress, which may or maynot warn other people from buying it. How bad the fabric is, how bad the fit, etc. I've had letters from some sellers begging me not to leave bad feedback. I've been sewing since my teens and try to reuse, repair, etc my clothes. I am 62 and until about 10 years ago, had things I wore in high school. I have blouses and skirts I made in the 80's that I can still wear, just don't have the occasion to now. My work required a certain dress code so they are geared to that and I found little occasion to wear such fancy dress clothes at other positions I have held since. Retail is not what it once was as far as work clothes.

  39. Another youtuber I follow, Daniela Tabois, recently made a video just like this one. Now she lost her home. Please check her out if you can. This is a serious problem in the fashion industry that makes very difficult to do a job you love and survive with dignity.

  40. My family teaches everyone to do basic sewing. We all need to be able to sew a button, hook, or snap and blind hem a garment. If not, the alterations person at the cleaners will make a lot of money.

  41. I would love a basics alterations video, maybe even with that red dress. But I agree with you on the polyester is gross, so maybe a bag? Or a hat? I like the suggestion I saw in another's comment to make Christmas decoration. I would love to see the dress seem ripped so you can really show how different the pattern pieces are.

  42. loved th fire. and also got really happy when you said "human figure" and "gentlefolk" instead of "woman figure" and "gentlemen" its a small detail but still :')

  43. Thank you, sorry that this was done to you, insulating. I grew up making my own clothes, ( same problems as you). By the time an article of clothing was tossed in the 'rag box', you couldn't recognize it. Everything was cut off buttons, cuffs, collar, zippers…if the fabric was not used for a memory quilt. Peace.

  44. I want to reduce my reliance on fast fashion, especially in my daily wear clothing. Please please do a walkthrough/reconstruction on your shirts! I love the style you wear but lack the experience to recreate such a garment without some kind of visual guide.

  45. Well, you can allways measure your succes by the way they copy you… At least, look at the bright side… Still living in the glorious cheap polyesther era and illegal reproductions. Loved the side by side presentation. It speaks by itself against the cheap textiles. Makes you wonderr: Why?! 40 dollars is not a good answer.

  46. This is further evidence on why people of European ancestry must stand with the 45th American President, Donald Trump and openly persecute all persons of Chinese origin and their sympathizers in our realms.

  47. Well, if the item in the main picture looks high-quality and the price is $50, that's a red flag to me! I saw a beautiful top one time, but when I look at the other pics for that item it clearly wasn't the same one… I think these websites should be heavily linked to by all, so when an item shows up in Google search, people will also see "That website is a scam site."

  48. thank you thank you thank you! Preach girl. Ive been saything this for years. People dont get it. Things cost money! Theres a hidden cost for cheap fast fashion and its our precious earth!!

  49. It's easy to say "fast fashion has to stop!". It really should. That's inhumanly difficult to implement, though, because like you've said– clothes are made to fall apart. On a better than minimum wage, I couldn't afford a single outfit made with the care and durability of historical clothing– and there's the thing, neither could people in history. Clothes lasted so long that they could hand them down. They could be sold and resold and mended and retailored for current fashions. Clothes could last decades. Even the fabric was so much more carefully woven– not just court silks, but average, basic textiles normal people would have worn– that if they were falling to rags you could still cut them up and reuse the fabric for other things.

    Personally, I have a grandmother who taught me how to sew, so I mend my clothes and I wear them until there's no hope left for them in this world. But I'm also a childless 20-something working one job. Even mending things isn't a quick process. And I'm in a line of work where I don't interact with customers, so darned jeans and worn-out clothes won't lose me my job– but succeeding in interviews often requires you to look (unintuitively) like you already have money and can afford to buy new, smart outfits. Working front of house in a fancy hotel might pay minimum wage, but they'll expect you to be wearing new-looking clothes anyway.

    That's the trap of fast fashion. Making things to fall apart, and pricing all alternatives off the market, while demanding even poor people appear to be wearing pristine clothes, is an extremely reliable way to ensure a constant stream of income, exploitation and the environment be damned. One's personal ability to make a difference in the face of billionaire corporate destruction and greed is as good as zero.

  50. I cannot express how very excited I was to see this video this morning. Bernadette being COMPLETELY savage and roasting this company and dress to the high heavens has VASTLY improved my Saturday.

    On another note, whenever I’m writing and need to find expanded vocabulary, I find myself watching your videos for inspiration. Thank you very much for the unknowing assistance!

  51. What to do with the dress? Turn it into the complete opposite of the (un)ethical vituperation that it is: cut it down into one or more of that lovely "pigotta dolls" that UNICEF uses to found schooling, medication and life-saving projects for children in poor countries all over the world: https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/italy_15634.html
    Let's turn this immoral crap into an occasion to finance ethical initiatives!

  52. They would have been better finding out who is in the image they stole and see if they have a youtube channel showing the construction, then they could copy the little that they saw and get at least a more plausible mock.

  53. I encourage you to watch 150 mile wardobe by Kirsten Dirkson, which features Rebecca Burgess ( FIBERSHED), and her committment to wearing clothing which has been ethically made with fibers locally grown. I am aghast looking at this mockery of your excuisite original garment. Thank you for sharing as many experience this overstepping of boundaries. Copyright infringement? Possibly? Your work reflects how we were taught,as young girls how to properly sew. Thank you dearest.

  54. honestly looks at least slightly closer to the image than some of the knockoff fursuits that come out of these websites nhgtfrd

  55. I think the thing that irritates me is that it’s so, so hard to find good quality clothing and makers. So many good quality clothing brands go out of business because of the big cheap brands and ridiculous high street rent prices. Price of the item does not correlate to quality at all & fabric wears out so fast. I can’t find proper cotton denim jeans any more, never mind cotton jeans that fit. The high cotton jeans I used to buy would last a couple of years before I needed to mend the bit where my thighs rub – I finally tried to buy some new jeans this year, couldn’t find cotton ones, and the next best ones I could find needed mended within 5 months. I’m kind of hoping my old 1930’s singer can sew denim. Then I could make some using the old ones as a pattern before I turn them into patches and rags.

  56. Please do something practical to show consumers how to reuse the dress. One big problem is knowing what can be done. Thanks

  57. I hate how, environmental issues aside, these dresses are made by slaves who get paid barely enough to survive uncomfortable on.

  58. I agree that "knocking offs" are terrible. The whole of the fabric industry suffers from it. You might be interested in this Ted Talk – https://youtu.be/gLUzgWAEGjY The law needs to become world wide, but it is not and we have to live with it. You are a perfectionist, many are not and a "knock Off" can be their way of having something as close to what they consider beautiful but life has not given them lemons that they can make lemonade from.

  59. I emerged from my grave just to watch this…. 

    On a more serious note, this has certainly reminded me to examine this sort of thing a lot more carefully when seen online.

  60. I love your rants. It's baffling how many people get their images stolen to sell products. Clothing, makeup, hair, skin care, all these people are constantly having to protect themselves from having their hard work stolen. And knowing you are the cause of someone not being able to afford a basic human existence by buying clothing for $5 is definitely cause for soul searching. Unfortunately it's similar to the meat industry, it's ruining our world but convincing the masses seems an impossible task. Also "whatever the heck the Tiktok is" 😆😆😆

  61. I imagine Bernadette getting fed up with fast fashion and moving to the country side to raise sheep, make her own wool, thread, fabric and clothes.

  62. Starting at around 13:00 I’m giving you a standing ovation… fast fashion is the bane of human rights, artistry and the environment. It’s a triple loser.

  63. Is ir better to be overworked and underpaid, or to not have a job at all? I have never thought about the clothing industry in a cautionary way other than environmentally. So I'm unsure about the wage discussion here

  64. 18:24 – 18:39 This, this trurly hurts me, how careless we have become of our own garments and how segregated fixing your clothes has become

  65. You make amazing points as always. As an actual Bénédictin monk we get one new habit(our black daily robes) every five years and we where it every day to teach and pray. One, machine sewn, costs about $700 made with a wool gabardine but it does last. Quality over quantity everyday!

  66. Hmmm…. maybe you can take it apart and try to make something from the pattern it is made from? Or show us what could have been done better with the actual pattern.

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