Wedding dress designer moves showroom back to Cumberland County; business expands alteration offerings

A fashion designer that specializes in wedding dresses is moving her business back to Mechanicsburg.

Sheila Kauffman is bringing her business, Sheila Frank back to her original brick-and-mortar location at 50. W Main St. The showroom and studio is expected to open on Jan. 16 with a grand opening celebration likely in the spring.

The move back to Mechanicsburg follows a two year move to Union Street in Millersburg.

More than a decade ago, Kauffman launched her own line of clothing, Sheila Frank, with a focus on swimwear and ready-to-wear clothing. Frank is Kauffman’s maiden name. After sever years in business, she opened the showroom in Mechanicsburg in 2016 and introduced a bridal collection at the time.

Kauffman’s wedding dress collections are sold in her boutique, boutiques across the country and online. Kauffman also designs custom wedding dresses including bespoke wedding dresses.

Kauffman previously did bridal alterations but she is now doing general alterations as well for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.

The property is currently being renovated. The boutique will be in the front of the store while the studio will be in the back of the property.

“I’m especially excited for 2021,” Kauffman said. “We are offering services and solutions that are limited in central PA. If 2020 has taught me anything, it certainly is that local small businesses are what keep this economy going. I am excited to work with the local clientele.”

Kauffman is currently accepting appointments now for the coming 2021 wedding season.

Due to COVID-19, the store will be open by appointment only during the following hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Customers are also asked schedule in advance so that business can follow CDC guidelines and ensure a safe and clean space for each customer. To schedule you an appointment call or send a text to 717-516-0901 or send an e-mail [email protected]

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Jenna Lyons Talks Fashion in Film and Her Favorite Oscar Dress

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Jenna Lyons, the former creative director and president of J. Crew, is now a reality show star. HBO Max’s “Stylish With Jenna Lyons” follows her as she builds her design firm while hosting a competition to find her new employees. Variety checked in with Lyons ahead of the series’ Dec. 3 premiere to find out some of her favorite fashion moments on film.

Favorite fashion in film: The first time I saw “Belle de Jour,” it made me want to run to the hairdresser, wear thick black eyeliner, granny shoes, silk stockings and a trench coat. Catherine Deneuve is breathtakingly beautiful, poised, with a certain darkness to her.

I also recently rewatched “To Catch a Thief.” Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are absolute visual magic. Grant’s effortless grace and style made me appreciate menswear in a way I hadn’t before.

Favorite film that takes place in the fashion world: “Unzipped.”  I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Isaac Mizrahi on several occasions and am somewhat close to his orbit through Parsons. Watching him share the behind-the-scenes of his life and friends and humor and approach to fashion was magic. It made me fall in love with him.

Also “Signe Chanel.” It was one of my favorite films on Chanel. I shared it with my entire team when I was at J.Crew.

Hottest men’s fashion in a film: Robert Redford in “Out of Africa.” Nothing like a beautiful sandy/blonde man and 8 million shades of khaki with a backdrop of sand dunes and sweat. It worked for me.

Film looks you’d love to own: Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface” and Sharon Stone in “Casino.” Old-school sexy, over-the-top glamour.

Celebrity fashion icon: Cate Blanchett is the ultimate chameleon. She can wear intensely feminine without looking sweet. She can wear a men’s suit while still maintaining a softness. She can handle big volume and ruffles and a slip dress. She manages to always look unique without following the pack.

Favorite Oscar look: All-time favorite is Lupita Nyong’o in that stunning, plunging Prada v-neck dress in powder blue in 2014. She glowed. It was perfection.

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Bella Hadid Wore a $16.99 Dress, But Should Celebrities Promote Fast Fashion?

In this op-ed, writer Shama Nasinde explores the hidden cost of celebrities promoting fast fashion, as explored via Bella Hadid’s now-viral $16.99 dress.

Model Bella Hadid sure knows how to serve a throwback look. On Monday, November 30, she posted a series of fierce Instagram pics with her signature ’00s flare. “Me myself and my @michaelkors Soho bag,” she captioned the sponsored post wearing a black quilted Michael Kors bag. But what fans really wanted to know is where they could cop her halter neck dress. 

Bella’s slinky moss green dress featured a plunged crossover neckline that left her followers curious for the link. ”This dress tho. I need,” one Instagram user commented. Ask and you shall receive – or, almost. ”I bought it online for $16.99 I’m gonna find the link for u,” Bella soon replied. Twitter user @kissmekyake screenshot Bella’s response and posted it to Twitter on Tuesday, December 1. The tweet quickly went viral and social media praised Bella for being the generous friend we all wish we had.

Bella’s followers felt one quick purchase away from looking as glamorous as Miss Hadid. She hasn’t publicly shared the link (yet) but her openness to discuss the nature of the dress inevitably led to some online criticism. Some Twitter users commented that since celebrities can afford to shop ethically, it’s irresponsible for them to promote fast fashion on their huge social media platforms. “Not to be negative……but rich people buying fast fashion when they have the money to invest in sustainable clothes doesn’t sit right w me,” one user wrote. “Ok but can we please address the literal millionaire contributing to fast fashion?” another one added. For the average consumer, fast fashion is an affordable and accessible option – and sometimes the only option. However, when price tags aren’t much of a concern, Twitter makes several points. 

It’s easy to forget the human cost of a cheap dress. Beneath the seams, there’s an exploitative industry fueled by trend-driven purchases. Just after the oil industry, fashion is the world’s second-largest polluter and its detrimental effects disproportionately impact young women. According to Remake, a non-profit organization working to bring awareness to the human right and climate change issues within the fashion industry, 80% of the workers behind your cheap finds are women aged 18-24, and many of them barely make $3 a day. 

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Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Defined a Generation

When Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed on July 29, 1981, the fresh-faced princess had just turned 20. She was optimistic about marrying Charles, though she did not know him that well. However, she was not at all prepared to be thrust onto the global stage.

The royal wedding was a complete frenzy with hundreds of thousands of people watching from the streets and millions of people from across the globe watching the televised event from their homes.

As royal fans watched the princess’ 25-foot train move down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral, they had no idea what was to come. However, that massive wedding dress defined an entire generation of brides.

Lady Diana Spencer arrives at St. Paul’s Cathedral on her wedding day | Getty Images

Princess Diana’s wedding gown was extremely detailed

Like she did when she chose her legendary engagement ring, Princess Diana very casually asked then-husband-and-wife design team David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel to begin designing her royal clothes.

“Diana rang up like anybody else and made an appointment to try my dress designs—she initially had three or four gowns made for formal occasions,” David told Woman’s Own. After that, the princess asked the Emanuels to design her wedding gown.

The wedding dress which cost $115,000 in 1981 ($342,803 in 2020), was much more expensive than the $5,610 value of an average Emanuel wedding dress. According to Town & Country,

The ivory silk taffeta dress had 10,000 pearls attached to it, with appliqués cut from antique lace (the something old) at a British silk farm, as well as a square of Carrickmacross lace that once belonged to Queen Mary. There was a small blue bow sewn into the waistband, too (the something blue).

RELATED: The Requirements For The Actress Playing Princess Diana On ‘The Crown’ Are Shocking

‘The Crown’s Emma Corrin said that 10 people had to help her get into Princess Diana’s wedding gown

Though Diana and Charles’ wedding is not shown in full on The Crown, however, the iconic wedding gown is present. Corrin, the actor who plays Princess Diana on the series, described the time and patience it took to get the gown. She told British Vogue,

The Emanuels, who designed the original, gave us the patterns, and then it was made for me. We were filming the scene when you first see her in the wedding dress – I think it was Lancaster House in London – and I had a team of about 10 people helping me put it on, because it’s massive. I walked out and everyone went completely silent. More than anything else I wear in the series, it’s so… it’s her.

On her feet, Diana wore ivory slippers handmade with 542 sequins and 132 pearls designed by Clive Shilton. She wore a diamond tiara owned by the Spencer family.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress with replicated throughout the ’80s

The Emmanuels went for a timeless look. “We just went for drama,” Elizabeth told BBC Designed in 2019.

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Michelle Mone looks incredible in wedding dress as she poses with new husband Doug Barrowman

Michelle Mone looked radiant in her wedding dress as she posed with her new husband Doug Barrowman for the first time in a sweet Instagram snap.

The entrepreneur, 49, tied the knot with Doug, 55, at Peel Cathedral on the Isle of Man on Saturday, with the star unveiling her breathtakingly elegant gown on Instagram.

And Michelle looked delighted as she joined her billionaire beau for a stunning snap straight after their nuptials where they stood outside their wedding chapel.

Unseen pic: Michelle Mone looked radiant in her wedding dress as she posed with her new husband Doug Barrowman for the first time in a sweet Instagram snap

Unseen pic: Michelle Mone looked radiant in her wedding dress as she posed with her new husband Doug Barrowman for the first time in a sweet Instagram snap

While Michelle wowed in a incredible gown with a flowing train, Doug cut a dapper figure in a grey morning suit, white shirt and pink tie as he embraced his bride. 

Michelle captioned the snap: ‘Thanks so much to everyone on The Isle of Man for making our day so special. You pulled the best wedding together …90 people in less than 2 weeks.  

‘Only downside is that our family & friends couldn’t be there who live outside IOM. 

‘A special thanks to The Cathedral at Peel, The Abbey Restaurant, The Abbey wedding planners, Alexandra the Opera singer and the 5 live bands for a superb wedding weekend. Love MB #isleofman   

Newlywed: The entrepreneur, 49, tied the knot with Doug, 55, at their Isle of Man mansion on Saturday, with the star unveiling her breathtakingly elegant gown on Instagram

Newlywed: The entrepreneur, 49, tied the knot with Doug, 55, at their Isle of Man mansion on Saturday, with the star unveiling her breathtakingly elegant gown on Instagram

The COVID-19 pandemic had forced Michelle to postpone her wedding date three times. 

In a brief video shared on Saturday, the Scottish mother-of-three was seen standing at the base of a sweeping staircase as she posed in the Suzanne Neville-designed dress, which came complete with a long train and veil.

She looked every inch the blushing bride as she posed with a yellow bouquet and she revealed her new dogs were being looked after in kennels until Sunday. 

Going to the chapel: Michelle thanked the people of the Isle of Man for helping put her dream wedding together

Going to the chapel: Michelle thanked the people of the Isle of Man for helping put her dream wedding together

Former Ultimo boss Michelle showed off her ample cleavage in the gown, which featured a plunging neckline and was teamed with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels.

For her first dance with her new husband following the romantic ceremony, the bride selected Celine Dion’s timeless hit A New Day Has Come.

While much of the UK has been plunging into the upper tiers of highly restrictive governmental guidelines, the Isle of Man comfortably sits in the enviable tier one.

Fourth time lucky: Michelle revealed she had finally tied the knot with her billionaire beau on Saturday, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to postpone her wedding date thrice

Fourth time lucky: Michelle revealed she had finally tied the knot with her billionaire beau on Saturday, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to postpone her wedding date thrice

Announcement: The couple postponed their wedding for a third time in September, with Michelle taking to her Instagram account to make the announcement

Announcement: The couple postponed their wedding for a third time in September, with Michelle taking to her Instagram account to make the announcement

  

On the Isle of Man there have been 366 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March, with nine active cases at the moment and one person

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The Princess Diana Wedding Dress “The Crown” Didn’t Show

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Season 4 of The Crown has been winning rave reviews, not only for its acting but for the incredible attention to detail in the show’s costumes.

And, of course, the biggest costume piece in this season was the gown worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day on July 29, 1981.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, costume designer Amy Roberts revealed that she and her team had to get permission from the original wedding gown’s designers, Elizabeth and David Emanuel, to reproduce the dress for the show. Roberts consulted with David on the fabric, and he had shared some of his original designs — but she said that he had encouraged her to “have fun with the replica rather than obsessing over the details.”

“He wasn’t precious about it or neurotic about it. That released us from any fear,” Roberts said. “We just went for the feel of it, the look of it, the size of it. Big sleeves, big frills. We didn’t get too stressed. Maybe there’s 201 pearls and we’ve only done 200.”

In a behind-the-scenes featurette released earlier this month, Roberts said that the wedding dress took 14 weeks and five “long” fittings to make. However, despite all of that work, the gown is shown for only approximately 27 seconds in the last moments of Episode 3, “Fairytale.”

Since the show dropped on Nov. 15, many fans have expressed disappointment with the iconic gown’s brief appearance, especially as actor Emma Corrin is featured prominently wearing the dress in the show’s promotional materials.

They really spent 600 hours replicating that wedding dress and for what? I feel cheated given the build up in the trailers #TheCrown

Ok #TheCrown, you made me all excited about the replica of Diana’s wedding dress and did a cliffhanger of everyone getting dressed for the wedding, cut to Mark Thatcher getting lost in the desert?! COME ON

The Crown: hello look at me, the most expensive show on netflix. We recreated Diana’s wedding dress for just 10 seconds of screentime nbd.

The cast and crew of The Crown have spoken about the decision to cut the so-called wedding of the century from the show.

“We never re-create things just for the sake of re-creating them. I think if we do re-create a scene — like the engagement scene, for instance, when they do the announcement — it has to be because it’s linked to something that the characters are going through. It has to be part of the story. It has to further the plot, basically,” Corrin said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “The wedding scene, you can YouTube it and you could be watching it in 10 seconds, so I

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