For more than 70 years, thousands of brides have traveled to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City to find their wedding day looks. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll feel the magic of Kleinfeld. Not only does Kleinfeld have 30,000 square feet filled with the largest selection of wedding dresses in the world, it also has the greatest professional staff of over 200 employees who are dedicated to finding and perfecting your bridal look.
Walking into Kleinfeld can feel like a fairytale— a grand lobby both welcomes you and leads you to an even bigger and brighter main salon with over 1,000 dresses to drool over and try on.
But the real magic lies just a floor below the main salon. Take a trip down the stairs and you’ll find 100+ expert fitters, sewers, beaders and pressers in Kleinfeld’s alterations department, working meticulously on hundreds of gowns each week, so that they are custom fitted to each and every bride’s shape.
Learn about some of the behind-the-seams magic that goes on in our alterations department, below.
The Kleinfeld Alterations Department in Numbers:
6: months in our busy season, from May 1st to October 31st
110: employees in the alterations department
19: artisan fitters
205: years of experience amongst all 19 fitters
53: professional sewers
20: beading specialists
8: quality control specialists and pressers
10: supervisors & managers
134: average number of brides the alterations department sees each day during the busy season
3: average number of times a bride comes in for alterations
5,000: gowns altered every year
When your dress arrives at Kleinfeld, you’ll come in for your alterations first fitting appointment. Your fitter will work with you to discuss any changes you’d like to make, pin your dress to your shape and pin your hemline based on the wedding shoes you bring. Over the course of 3-5 fittings, your fitter will show you how to bustle your gown, get in and out of your dress, as well as simultaneously pin and sculpt your gown to your shape. In between your fittings, the magic really happens—on average, a total of 30 hours is spent on each and every wedding dress that comes through our alterations department!
Bead work at Kleinfeld is done by hand, and only by our division of expert beaders. This time-consuming skill takes delicate hands and a good deal of patience! When you order a dress with beading, our beaders will remove the beading, hand over your dress to our sewers to be altered, and finally our beaders re-bead the dress where the work was done, so it looks like your dress was never changed!
In addition to regular sewing, any work done on lace is taken care of by our seamstresses who specialize in the delicate fabric. Adding more lace, moving appliqués around, you name it! Seamstresses will remove lace appliqués before sewing the gown and add them back on after, or add appliqués to an area a bride would like covered or changed.
Quality Control & Pressing
After your final fitting is done and all details of your dress are to your exact liking, the Kleinfeld team checks the dress for quality assurance and perfection. This includes removing any stray strings, adding a few extra beads or buttons, and adding the signature Kleinfeld tag on the inside of your gown. Your dress is then moved to the pressing station where we hand steam the entire garment and pack it with tissue paper so it maintains its shape.
Ready for Pickup
Stored in a white garment bag sealed with the Kleinfeld name, your dress is ready for pickup! A dress that is 100% unique, 100% fitted perfectly to you, and 100% ready for the big day.