Photographs of Jim Suzio's Knock-Off's were taken at the Sewing & Quilting Expo 2009 in Minneapolis
Jim's Knock-off version of Halle Berry's gown
About Jim's Knock Offs
Many hours of study and research went into the duplication of the gowns that you see on this web page. Commercial patterns, computer generated patterns, and custom drafted patterns were used in their creation. Several of the garments feature stock embroidery designs as well as Jim's digitized designs. Some of the embroidery designs can be purchased on this site. See the DESIGNS page.
All garments were constructed by Jim on a standard home sewing and embroidery machine and a standard home serger.
The name that’s synonymous with today’s classic
fashions at its best. This shape enhancing lace dress was worn by “The Devil
Wears Prada" star Anne Hathaway at the 79th Academy Awards in
February 2007. Black oversized bows are featured at the bodice as well as at
the back of the knee. This version was underlined in white satin with lace
edging. While our version was rather economical to reproduce, an original could
well exceed $7-10,000.00.
Jim Suzio's Knock-off
Martha Stewart Living
January 20, 2007
fabrics, whether done by hand (or in this case, machine) lend an air of
richness to any design. This tripled tiered white silk taffeta gown is a copy
of an Original Carolina Herrera gown showcased in her fall 2007 runaway.
Although not a part of her line, the gown showcases her brilliance in design.
Over twenty yards of fabric was used to create our version, and numerous hours
of embroidery, featuring the embroidery designed by Jim: “Black Pearls”. The original is
believed to be worth between $45-60,000.00. Our version was created for much
(due to not infringe on copyright laws, we are unable to provide a picture here)
for the resplendent Masquerade sequence, in which the Opera Populaire hosts a
masked ball to celebrate the New Year and the Phantom’s disappearance from the
opera house in the 2004 film “The Phantom of the Opera”. The original pink
satin gown, designed by Alexandra Byrne for the young soprano played by actress
Emmy Rossum, features pink roses tucked under double bustles. English netting
overlays gives a subtle contrast to the simple bodice, while the neckline is
covered in ruffles and satin rosebuds. Our miniature version is the ultimate
dress up gown for any little girl.
(we were unable to locate a picture
of the original gown)
don’t have to be “Desperate” (or even a “Housewife”) to make this easy to sew
knock off of actress Terri Hatcher’s black sheer evening gown. Two sheer layers
gently cascade down the satin sheath beneath. Sparkled stretch knit shirred and
attached to the bodice remains faithful to the original design.
would have thought that Simplicity Pattern 4174 could look this good!
famous by Audrey Hepburn from the film classic “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”.
copied but never imitated. This version is close to the original (relying on
file and archives for details). Unlike the patterns we may find at our local
fabric store, the original silk gown did not have a slit and was not as figure
forming as usually presented. Dropped waist seams attaches the patterned “tube”
skirt with the uniquely cut out back.
gown was sold at an auction and beat out the previous record holder. The winning bid for the gown
(of which there were 3 different versions created and used in the film) was in
excess of $800,000.00.
Our version was created with a silk/rayon blend was created for under $70.00.
immortal line was uttered by the actress of her day, Bette Davis as she acceded
the stairs of her home in the film classic “All About Eve”. Designed by Edith
Head, the Oscar winning silk taffeta dress was recreated here in a silk/rayon
taffeta blend. Fully lined, it features pleated bands that wraps around each of
the sleeves as well as around the top of the bodice. Fur edged cuffs compliment
the very full skirt which has a unique feature of side seam pockets (usually
not found on gowns of the day).
we have seen in photographs, Miss Davis preferred to wear the gown off the
shoulder and not as designed by Miss Head. Seems the gown did not fit (as it
was created to fit the original star of the film). Miss Davis (as only she
could) insisted that the gown not be altered, as she preferred to wear it this
her name alone evokes thoughts of elegance and regalness. Grace Kelly. And many
thought she was at her best in her final film, “High Society” (1956). The gown
duplicated here is from the party scene. As true as possible to the Helen Rose
original, the crystal embellished gown features embroidered carnations on gray chiffon.
This was then layered on top of a mauve, and gray sheer, and then a layer of
lightweight satin. The combined yardage is nearly 30 yards of fabric. The
original was sold at auction in 2008 for over $200,000.00.
later in 1956 did she look more regal, when she became “Her Serine Highness,
Princess Grace of Monaco” when she married the Prince. Her wedding gown was
also designed by Miss Rose, and was a farewell gift from the film studio.
Here is our version of one the flower girl dresses in Princess Diana's wedding. The
embroidered laces on this dress are from
the “Royal Remembrance” embroidery collection. You can create your own beautiful dress like this one, order the embroidery design HERE.
Click on a photo on the webpage and scroll through the photos.
April 29, 1962, the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy entertained 39 Nobel
Laureates, at a dinner in their honor.
First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy was described as luminous in a green draped silk
jersey gown designed by Oleg Cassini, the official fashion designer of the
had just returned from a vacation in Palm Beach and her deep tan was set off by
the Celadon silk jersey fabric. Even more than forty years ago, a shoulder
baring garment like this Grecian inspired toga, was considered daring.
name long associated with haute couture fashion. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) opened her first shop in Paris in 1913. She
introduced to the world her classic signature look in 1925 (often described as
“boxy” and “Mannish”). She had numerous major successes that changed the
fashion industry including the ever popular “Chanel suit”, composed of a
knee-length skirt and trim, boxy jacket traditionally made of woven wool withblack sewing trim.
Though over ninety years old, the look remains a classic today, with variations that change with the days trends (a recent version
offered by the House of Chanel included the jacket with leather trim). Our version is a rayon blend fabric (purchased at Vogue Fabrics) with an
embroidered black trim (from the “Fringe Benefits” embroidery design disk). The
jacket and skirt are fully lined.
embroidered braid featured on our version of the gray Chanel suit was created
using my embroidery design “Fringe Benefits” available here on this website.
You can duplicate this braid and create your own Chanel suit! To order your embroidery design CLICK HERE.
and White, always the classic combination, and is just as elegant when it’s
cutting edge. Sharon Stone wowed them on the red carpet at the “Ocean's Twelve”
premiere when she wore this Mandalay ensemble. A two piece black satin gown
topped with a white satin/beaded lace top with black accents. “Modestly priced”
(by Hollywood standards), this “off the rack” gown could be purchased for
$1,700.00. Our copy was reproduced for much less than 5% of the original.
Judy Garland wore this apron covered blue gingham in the Wizard of Oz back in 1939 and was sold on 11/23/2015 for $1.56 million US dollars! The sale took place in Bonhams Auction House in New York. Our version cost a lot less.
Meri (Jim's daughter) modeling Jim Suzio's Famous Fashion Knock-Offs
Music: "White" by Kevin
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