Monica Sallay’s Balenciaga wedding dress found in vintage boutique 10 years before her wedding

Buying a wedding dress in a thrift store? A daring choice that nevertheless made Monica Sallay alias @sartorialscraps on Instagram. Before even finding her husband, this collector and marketing manager had unearthed her second-hand wedding dress, ten years before her wedding.

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The obsession with vintage designer clothes from Monica Sallay it’s nothing new. Over time, she has gradually built an extraordinary collection which includes, among other things, a cyberdot combination jean paul Gaultier from the fall-winter 1995-1996 show, much appreciated by Cardi B. She also has a collection of rare clothing signed Like boys or Issey Miyake. Her collection is full of nuggets: there is a dress Balenciaga rare from the fall-winter 2006-2007 collection, designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere, which the 29-year-old bought in New York 10 years ago in a boutique Goodwill. Monica Sallay wore it for her wedding in May 2019.

Even if Monica Sallay never considered marriage a priority, this dress Balenciaga has become the dress of her dreams, a real rare pearl. Before entering the world of marketing, Monica  Sallay studied at Parsons School of Design and lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Keen on shopping, she used to stroll in the Goodwill store located a few streets from her apartment. “It’s very simple, I spent all the money of my internship that I had earned during the summer on clothes“, she says.”It was my favorite therapeutic activity “. One day in 2011, as she walked past the window of Goodwill, she saw a short white dress embroidered with a scalloped collar. “This dress was simply my favorite, especially the way the embroidery was done“, she says. “I was completely obsessed with this wonder”.


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