Fashion trends come and go, but few garments have the staying power of the christening gown. That’s what we love about designing these beautiful gowns. They represent a family’s heritage and tie generations of families together like no other garment in history. A fascinating example of this time-honored tradition is the British Royal Family’s christening gown. It has a storied history that begins with Queen Victoria, who commissioned the gown for the christening of her daughter, Victoria, in 1841. It was styled after the Queen’s wedding dress and has been worn by 62 royal babies over the course of 163 years. That’s truly amazing and is just as it should be. Queen Victoria described the precious gown in her diary as ‘a white Honiton point lace robe and mantle over white satin.’ The Christening gown reads like a history book, but its style has stood the test of time and is just as relevant today as it was nearly two centuries ago.
CREDIT: John Stillwell/AP
Of course, even these barely worn gowns cannot last forever. The original 1841 gown was officially retired in 2004, but Queen Elizabeth had it replicated to a tee, so future royal babies can blissfully carry the tradition forward as if nothing has changed. Prince George wore it in 2013 and we are excited to see the heirloom of all heirlooms appear again this summer for the christening of his royal sibling, who is due to arrive in April.
For those of you who want your baby to be christened in a gown similar to Kate and William’s, try Isabel Garretón’s lace and cotton batiste Renaissance Gown.
Other styles we love are made of the finest fabrics and are just as lavishly appointed with intricate hand-embroidered details, hand smocking, collar treatments, monogramming and more.
While christening gowns are meant to be worn by girls and boys, we also have a selection of boys’ rompers, a style that came into vogue in the 1920s and is growing in popularity today.
Accessories, such as booties and monogrammed bonnets, blankets and bibs, sweaters and coats, feature the same exquisite fabrics and embellishments as the gowns and rompers and are irresistible finishing touches.
The best part is, Isabel Garretón handmade dresses are part of a social enterprise to give underprivileged artisans in Chile dignified work opportunities and the chance for a better life. So, every time a baby is christened in one of our gowns, our family tradition of giving back to the world becomes a part of your family’s tradition.
Having been in business for 20+ years, we have talked to a lot of Moms, Brides, Mother of the Bride, and Dads. We are proud to have been a part of many special family moments and are committed to work with each customer to make sure our service meets the exceptional standards we hold in every aspect of what Isabel Garreton is as a company and the products we bring to market. We thought it could be useful if we compiled and shared a list with answers to the most common questions we receive.
1Q: What size is my child in Isabel Garreton dresses?
1A: Our sizing is European and the cuts are generous. We provide the garment measurements in our size chart for dresses, bubbles, christening gowns. Remember these are the garment measurements, so they should be 2-3" wider than the child's measurements.
Still not sure? If you email us the measurements below at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can assist you in selecting the correct size.
Chest (measured 1 inch below at the arm hole):
Waist (measured at the belly button):
Shoulder to Hem (length you want the dress to be):
My child is petite, tall, thin, stocky; Can you make this IG style for her?
I have religious requirements to add sleeves or additional length; Can you make these IG dress styles for me?
A2: YES! We own our manufacturing and are able to do custom cuts, different fabrics, color matching, etc. Depending on the style and fabric there is a small charge for custom pieces, and there are no refunds as we are making this just for you.
Let us know what style you are interested in and our design team will review to see what is possible.
A3: If we have your pieces in stock, they will ship in 2 days, and if they are out of stock, we have to order it from our manufacturer and will ship to you in approximately 2-3 weeks. Let us know your event date in your order comments and we will follow up within 24 hours.
In a rush? We are often able to rush items, so give us a ring or shoot over an email and we can tell you what is in stock and what rush options are available!
Q4: I want a different fabric or a different color to match my event, can IG do it?
A4: Yes! Many of our styles have different fabric and color options. Looking for a perfect match? Send us a swatch and we will color match it. This will require additional coordination with you, so the more time we have before your event, the better!
A5: If for any reason you are not pleased with what you receive, you may return any unworn item with tags within 10 days of receiving it and we will gladly exchange or refund you for the full cost of the item. Please note that, unless we have made a mistake, shipping charges cannot be refunded and there is a no return policy on custom made or personalized items. The exact steps for a return are here.
An exchange should be immediate if the item is available, otherwise we will order the item from our manufacturer and ship to you in 2-3 weeks. Credit card refunds should appear in your next billing cycle.
A7: YES! The company exists to provide a dignified work opportunity for underprivileged women artisans. Isabel Garretón began the company as a social enterprise over 20 years ago with women in her native Chile. She began with 21 women and has grown to support over 100 families. Every design is created to showcase the skills and craftsmanship of the artisans we work with, and are carried in the finest stores in the United States and worldwide. You can see a short video here.
The pictures are done, the gathering, the ceremony and the party are over.
Here you are, holding a beautiful and special piece you want to keep and take care off. Be this a Christening Gown or Blessing Gown, a Flower Girl dress, or a Wedding Gown. You are thinking they may be other occasions, someone in the family will use it, or your child’s child may wear it in time.
The issue is how to do it?
How to put these special pieces in storage and keep it safe from elements that will damage the dress, gown, or romper such as humidity, mildew, moths, etc…
We include with every Special Occasion piece we ship a card with care instructions we thought to share:
Care & Conservation
Light– Low light levels are preferable for storage. Sunlight and fluorescent light are specially damaging.
Humidity & Temperature – Moist air, (over 60% humidity) warmth & lack of air circulation encourages mold, stains & deterioration. Basements and attics may provide extreme fluctuations in humidity levels, which is to be avoided. Plastic bags can trap humidity & result in mildew.
Insects – Inspect the garment regularly, furniture and carpet beetles & webbing clothes moths are specially attracted to silk.
Materials – Protect the textile piece from direct contact with wood, (avoid cedar chests especially for cotton and linen) ordinary cardboard or metal. Layers of acid free tissue or unbleached cotton muslin can be used to line boxes or containers. Ideally, wash the muslin or change the tissue once a year. Flat storage or rolled in acid free tissue is better than hanging.
If you want more information or details on how to storage your heirlooms safely, we have compiled a list of additional resources you may want.
If acid free tissue is not available. Replace with white tissue & renew every year.
Archival boxes (acid-free) can be purchased from conservation supply businesses.
(Blessings are not the same as Christenings or Baptisms. More information on this below)
After 25 years offering gowns, rompers, and accessories used in many, many Christenings, Baptisms, and Blessings, we know that to use a gown for a boy’s christening is a frequent debate close to the heart of many families.
Our version of a Lace Gown, Renaissance
If you are a boy and not Prince George, what to wear for your christening can be a family kerfuffle. Mom’s are often happy to put their sons in a gown, perhaps not as elaborate as the one Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby wore selected by the force of many years of tradition, but a gown for a boy is preferred by many moms. They endure the dads concern that it is too feminine. While for some dads the disapproval is serious, others cave in by the weight of family traditions or love for their wives. Some dads, who may have been in a gown themselves and are no longer concern with gender ID, are more confortable with this tradition and more likely to use the same gown for a girl or a boy in their family. It becomes an heirloom, a family treasure for years to come. For this reason the fabric, the design, the craft, and finishing touches in every piece matters.
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For other dads and some moms the preferred choices are rompers for boys, the style depending where in the world they live, what time of the year the event takes place, and how formal they want the ceremony to be.
Not only are Christenings, Baptisms and Blessings a religious ceremony, they are also important family traditions. We often do monogramming of the family initials either on the garment or baby’s name and date of the event on the slip, where other new members of the family will add their name and event date. Can be a siblings or a different generation. Some families choose to have the baby’s initials in a special blanket, bib or bonnet the baby wore.
How was the choice made in your family?
Find below from Wikipedia some truly interesting information regarding the content and meaning of the ceremony itself, who practices it, how the meaning changes depending on the denomination and more.
Baptism (from the Greek noun βάπτισμα baptisma; see below) is a Christianrite of admission and adoption, almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church tradition. In some traditions, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants.
The exact details of the baptismal ceremony vary among Christian denominationsthe belief is that infant baptism has spiritual value for the infant, defined differently by each denomination. Some believing it is as a way to incorporate newborn babies into the secular community as well as inducting them into the Christian faith.
The naming and blessing of a child in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a christening, The purpose of the practice is twofold: to give a baby an official name and to provide an opportunity to give a blessing for the child's spiritual and physical welfare
It is common for this blessing to be an occasion for family members to gather. In some families, it is also traditional for the baby or older child to be dressed in white clothing similar to a christening gown, but this is not required.
The weather is still hot and kids are consumed by summer activities but little changes are already happening. The flowers have all bloomed, everyone is trying to fit in that last summer vacation, and each day the first day of school gets closer. We at Isabel Garreton are also getting ready for the change of seasons...
We are also wrapping up the summer and kicking off the fall with complimentary shipping on our Spring Summer and Fall Winter styles in July.
Use code JULYSHIP for complimentary domestic UPS ground shipping.
Whether you are preparing for the neighborhood Labor Day bash and the last fireworks of the summer, or you've already stared getting backpacks and crayons ready (some for the first time), find in our site the perfect sundress for a hot summer day and first day of school outfit as the weather cools. Each milestone in our children's life is a special occasion, a memory to keep and share with friends and family near and far.
Each milestone in our children's life is a special occasion and a picture is a memory to keep and share with friends and family near and far. As the Summer changes to Fall, and Fall to Winter we are happy to provide the fun, beauty and elegance when needed, to keep every girl adorably dressed with the perfect outfit for memories of Picture Day, Halloween Parties, Family Thanksgiving, Fancy Winter Coats, and the portrait perfect Holiday dress!
Because Isabel Garreton has been working as a social enterprise for over 25 years, we have been blessed to see mothers become grandmothers, and daughters become mothers many times over through the pictures and stories they share with us. It is an honor to have the work of our artisans become treasured part of so many families. Every design in the Isabel Garreton collections was created to support the gifts of talented hand craft artisans who are at risk of disappearing, feel good knowing your purchase supports these women and their families. Learn more about our social mission:
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