Bridesmaid's dress fail after ordering Nadia Bartel-inspired gown

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

When it comes to purchasing products online there's always a slight risk that what arrives in the mail doesn't quite match up to what you see on the website.

A TikTok user knows that disappointed feeling well, after spending $200 on a bridesmaid's dress that was supposedly inspired by a frock worn by none other than ex-AFL WAG Nadia Bartel.

A TikTok user has shared their bridesmaid's dress fail after ordering a Nadia Bartel-inspired gown. Photo: TikTok/annadinh.
A TikTok user has shared their bridesmaid's dress fail after ordering a Nadia Bartel-inspired gown. Photo: TikTok/annadinh.

For her sister's upcoming wedding, Anna Dinh was after something similar to the stunning ice blue strapless J'Aton Couture gown Nadia wore to host the 2019 Brownlow Medal awards.

Newly-single Nadia - she'd split from her AFL player husband Jimmy Bartel just weeks before the event - stole the show in the sparkling frock which was dubbed the 'revenge dress.'

But what bridesmaid-to-be Anna ordered from an online marketplace ended up being a far cry from Nadia's red carpet glamour.

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Newly-single Nadia Bartel at the 2019 Brownlow Medal. Photo: Getty Images.

'So ugly!'

Back in December, Anna shared a video of her reaction to the dress she received, which was poorly constructed, mostly see-through and with visible breast cups.

“I’m literally crying,” Anna told her TikTok followers in the clip.

“[It] is so ugly," she added while attempting to stifle her laughter.

Anna's video went viral, racking up over 2.5 million views and thousands of comments from gobsmacked TikTok users.

“MY JAW DROPPED,” one wrote.

“It’s not even close,” another added.

"I don't even see a difference," a third joked.

Anna's dress drama received renewed attention when she shared more details with Insider in February.

"When I picked it [the dress] up, it was super cheap," she told the publication.

"It was just fabric and had no cushion. Everything was see-through. You could even see the cups," she added.

Anna thought she had ordered something similar to Nadia Bartel's 2019 Brownlow Medal 'revenge' gown. Photo: TikTok/annadinh.
Anna thought she had ordered something similar to Nadia Bartel's 2019 Brownlow Medal 'revenge' gown. Photo: TikTok/annadinh.

Anna admitted that while the frock 'fit nicely' everything else about it was 'terrible'; "There was no glitter, and it felt like it could rip if I just bent over," she explained.

According to Anna, the dress was described as a “baby blue mermaid prom dress” with a “detachable train,” a “high-side split” and “sequinned lace” details by the seller on the online marketplace. Photos of Nadia wearing the J'Aton gown were said to have been included in the ad as well.

After she got over her shock and surprise, Anna's sister Lynn reportedly contacted the third-party seller for a refund and, after going back and forth a few times, managed to get back $140 of the initial price.

But, as Anna wrote in the caption of her TikTok video, she "can’t ever trust ordering dresses online" in future.

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