Affordable Vera Wang wedding gowns

February 25, 2011 5:14:06 AM PST
When celebrity brides Khloe Kardashian, Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Lopez, Ivanka Trump and Avril Lavigne walked down the aisle, they all wore Vera Wang gowns.

And while we don't know what they paid for their dresses, the price tags likely ran into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Wang explains, "We have spent 20 years dedicated to designing wedding gowns at the most expensive level."

But now, brides with more realistic budgets can also afford the luxury of Vera Wang. She's just introduced "White by Vera Wang," a line of her gowns that are available at David's Bridal.

"I think now, to be able to share that knowledge and expertise with brides all over the United States, it's really a privilege," Wang explains.

"I'm really hoping that all of our sort-of "Vera-isms" and our vocabulary is very much being translated into these dresses," she continues. I work on every single one of them. And this is my way of really interpreting clothes that I've done and that I found to be extremely fashion-forward for brides everywhere. "

The Spring collection includes a dozen designs priced from $600 to $1,400, including a Degas-inspired ballerina gown that's made with 100 yards of tulle, a chiffon Grecian column gown that sells for $600, and a full-skirted ivory ball gown that has hand-cut organza flanges and tulle swirls that retails for $1400.

To see the designs, click here.

And while the dresses are more affordable, Wang says they meet her exacting standards.

"Nothing is really being sacrificed in terms of fabrication or in terms of detailing," she says. "And I think the very fact that we're able to partner together and create dresses of this importance and this beauty, I think is extremely significant to brides all across America."

Future collections will include bridesmaids' dresses and accessories.