So they'll manufacture a fabric from scratch just for a single dress? I always thought most were made from existing fabric. I guess you learn something new every day. I had no idea they started with the raw silk or other materials.
I don't think it's ever the material they're paying for in an expensive dress, it's the craftsmanship. You're paying for the time the tailor spends designing, constructing, and adjusting the dress to fit just perfect. And on a dress like her's there isn't a lot of room for error.
I'm 100 pages into the second book. I really enjoyed the first, but was surprised by their affinity for knocking off major characters. I wish I could get through them faster, but I've been pretty busy lately. They are great so far.