Long post, sorry.......
Totally get your Chloe obsession....I am a fellow sufferer! Phoebe Philo has really hit her stride, I'm coveting pretty much her entire collections for now & next season!
But to answer your post...FWIW, generally speaking, 'Designer" clothes are priced as they are, partly because they are of SLIGHTLY better fabric & construction, but partly to keep them exclusive & desirable. That desirability is what sells the vast amounts of affordable stuff...like bags, scarves & cosmetics.
So believe me when i say that Chloe (who i think is owned by LVMH, every other designer company seems to be!) could probably survive if NO-ONE bought their clothes..so long as we keep buying their perfumes, lipstick & sunglasses! Let's face it, Stella McCartney hardly sells loads of clothes (not surprising IMHO), but she shifts loads of perfume & veggie shoes...which is what makes the cash.
There is also the issue of sizing.....the main reason I got into designing & pattern drafting waaaay back in the day is because as a US 16/UK 18 it's almost impossible to find beautiful clothes, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE nice clothes!
So don't feel bad about not being able to afford the 'designer' stuff.....it's waaaay more fun to make your own!
Which brings me to the actual dress pattern.....well as it happens, I'm working (when I'm not lurking around on craftster!) on my new online business, which is-ta daaaa!-groovy dresmaking patterns. And I'm doing LOADS of Chloe-inspired pieces (inspired is just a less sleazy way of saying 'rip-off). Anyway, I'll be needing sewing testers SOON so why don't you pm me with your details, because even if I don't have 'your dress', I certainly have the skirt of it (just did the pattern this weekend, now for the grading, oh s**t), and I'm pretty sure I'll have similar tops patterns. If you do a sewing test for me(eg make the darn thing up!) you get a free pattern. In return I'll need your feedback but hey, we both get something of value!
In the meantime, have a look at www.style.com
, they have the ENTIRE Chloe collections for Spring/Summer2005 and Fall/Winter 2005-6, you can do some virtual shopping...if you do get time to pm me, let me know what you like & don't like from the collections!
Sorry this is a long post, fashion & the workings of the fashion industry is a kinda obsession of mine, and frankly I could ramble on for DAYS but now I MUST grade a few patterns!