That one sentence was the only reason I didn't buy the dress.
Knockoffs are big business, especially in the wedding industry. Young people in the U.S. spend more than they ever have before on luxury goods, and on their wedding days, they want those same luxury items. Often, a bride's pocketbook doesn't match her taste. Enter: knockoffs.
I have made it a policy for myself that I will never knowingly buy a knockoff. A fashion designer is not allowed to copyright his or her designs in the United States, which technically makes the practice of knocking off another designer's work 100% legal. But while it is technically legal, I think that it is akin to stealing. Designers spend lots of time and money developing their work, and I believe that it is wrong to unfairly profit from someone else's intellectual property. I think that if I like someone's work enough, I should pay them a fair sum of money for it. If I can't afford it, I should move on. There are plenty of artists and designers out there fabricating their own original, affordable creations, and I would rather support one of them than "steal" from a better-known designer because I think that art is important and that creativity ought to be highly valued.
In the end, I bought a different wedding gown, and I'm proud to say that I purchased it directly from the independent designer's showroom.